Man who helped shape genre heading to Kickstarter for Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen

EverQuest Producer launches new MMO studio

Veteran MMO developer Brad McQuaid will be launching a Kickstarter to fund his new studio’s upcoming massively multiplayer title.

McQuaid left Sony Online Entertainment in August 2013 and, according to the biography on his website, founded his own studio a month later.

The team has already started work on its own MMO, Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen, and the website says the project will hit Kickstarter some time this month.

“The new company will launch a Kickstarter site in January 2014 which will reveal all sorts of details about both the company and the game, including videos, concept art, and even actual in-game screenshots and short clips of the game itself,” reads the biography on McQuaid’s website.

McQuaid is serving as chief creative officer and one of the producers of Pantheon.

The idea of an MMO being funded by Kickstarter has been considered something of a joke since crowdfunding took off in 2012.

Even so, if there’s a name that could get the kind of money required, it’s McQuaid.

He was the original producer and co-designer of the MMORPG, EverQuest, that propelled the genre into the limelight at the turn of the millenium.

When Verant was acquired by Sony, McQuaid became Vice President of Premium Games and was responsible for EverQuest, EverQuest 2, EverQuest Online Adventures, PlanetSide, and Star Wars: Galaxies, also serving as SOE’s CCO.

He left the company in 2001 and went on to found Sigil Games Online, the developer of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

Again, that company was bought by SOE and McQuaid took a break from the industry before co-founding another company, though this time with admittedly less success. His last stint at SOE began in 2012.

All in all, there aren’t many in the industry that could boast such an exhaustive experience with MMOs, so the days of jokes about crowdfunding MMOs might well be over.

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