Brad McQuaid Biography
Brad McQuaid was an American video game designer who was the key designer of EverQuest, a highly successful massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) released in 1999. He later co-founded Sigil Games Online where he served as CEO and Executive Producer of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes until Sony Online Entertainment’s acquisition of Sigil Games Online in May 2007. On July 6, 2012, SOE announced the re-hiring of McQuaid to continue his work on Vanguard. On January 13, 2014, McQuaid announced his role of Chief Creative Officer at Visionary Realms, Inc. for the PC MMORPG, Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen.
Brad McQuaid Career
Brad McQuaid began in the video game industry in 1989 when he founded MicroGenesis with Steve Clover. In their free time, they developed WarWizard, a role-playing game and shareware video game that they launched in 1993. McQuaid and Clover developed a WarWizard 2 demo in 1995 that drew the attention of John Smedley of Sony Interactive Studios America. Smedley hired McQuaid and Clover in 1996 to work on an online role-playing game called EverQuest.
McQuaid started as the program’s lead programmer, but was named producer and one of the main designers. During the development of EverQuest, Origin Systems launched Ultima Online in 1997, which became the best MMORPG. EverQuest was a great success and, a few months after its introduction in March 1999, exceeded the subscription figures of Ultima Online. PC Gamer described McQuaid as one of the “Next Game Gods” in his November 2000 issue, believing that he would eventually become one of the industry’s most influential game developers.  After Sony Online Entertainment acquired Verant Interactive, Brad McQuaid was promoted to vice president of premium games and creative director.
Avant-garde: the saga of heroes
In January 2002, he left Sony to work with Jeff Butler, a co-developer of the EverQuest development team, to develop Sigil Games. Several years later, McQuaid announced that Sigil will launch a new next-generation MMORPG. This game was called Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. The game was released in January 2007, five years after the founding of Sigil. Brad McQuaid admitted that the game was not ready in January but was prematurely kicked off for “financial reasons”. Full appointment
On May 15, 2007, Sony Online Entertainment officially announced that it had acquired the key assets of Sigil Games Online. Brad McQuaid resigned from his leadership position with Sigil and received a creative advisory role.
On July 6, 2012, Sony Online Entertainment announced the hiring of McQuaid to continue its work at Vanguard, including the free-to-play transition.
On March 6, 2013, McQuaid announced that he had returned to EverQuest.
On September 9, 2013, McQuaid made a statement that he had left SOE but would continue to work with them. Along with a number of suggestions posted on Twitter and several posts on the Message Board, this message led the community to believe that McQuaid intended to work independently on a true spiritual successor to EverQuest and Vanguard.
On January 13, 2014, the game was announced along with a Kickstarter campaign as Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen.
McQuaid was creative director of Visionary Realms and worked on the next PC-MMORPG Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen.
Brad McQuaid Death
Brad was an amazingly talented creator and Everquest wouldn’t exist without his genius. He will be missed
— John Smedley (@j_smedley) November 20, 2019
Brad McQuaid, best known as a formative hand in the creation of EverQuest, has died aged 51. McQuaid’s death was reported by the official Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Twitter account, which is the MMO he was working on until his death.
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.
Thank you for bringing us together through your worlds. Rest in peace @Aradune.
VR offers our deepest condolences to Brad’s family.
— Pantheon (@PantheonMMO) November 20, 2019