It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Brad McQuaid, most well-known as the lead developer for EverQuest. McQuaid, who was 51 at the time of his passing, helped spur the massively multiplayer online (MMO) genre that has grown into a powerhouse in recent years. Details surrounding his death have not been publicly released.
It is with deep regret we share that Brad McQuaid passed away last night. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered by gamers worldwide.— Pantheon 💚 (@PantheonMMO) November 20, 2019
Thank you for bringing us together through your worlds. Rest in peace @Aradune.
VR offers our deepest condolences to Brad’s family.
McQuaid began work as a game programmer and designer in the 1980s, working on a broad range of projects. Everquest was the most well known of these. McQuaid had a direct hand in the designing of the earliest raids, which required several players to join a single party to defeat the most difficult and demanding content in the game. These concepts have since carried over and are a staple of most MMOs, often functioning as endgame content to triumph over.
In 2002, McQuaid founded Sigil Games Online alongside Jeff Butler, another veteran from the EverQuest team. Other key members from the development team joined McQuaid at Sigil. Together, the company developed and released Vanguard: Saga of Heroes in 2007. Years later, assets from the game were sold to Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). Recently, McQuaid had been working at Visionary Realms on Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen, a game that is currently in development.
Within the MMO community, McQuaid was known by his handle "Aradune." Following his passing, there has been an outpouring of support on forums and social media accounts belonging to various games. Visionary Realms communications chief BenD expressed what McQuaid meant to the team, stating,
“Brad was a visionary, a mentor, an artist, a trailblazer, a friend, a husband, a father. He touched thousands of lives with his dreams and concepts. He changed the landscape of video games forever. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered in life and in Pantheon.
Thank you, Brad, for bringing us together through your worlds. Rest in peace, Aradune.
All of us at Visionary Realms offer our deepest condolences to Brad’s family and during this most difficult time, we kindly ask that you respect the privacy of Brad’s family.”
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