VR’s creative effort is led by Brad McQuaid, an industry pioneer who played the key role in the design and development of EverQuest, a fundamental pivot point in the industry. EQ was not only a breakout global phenomenon, but also brought 3D immersive MMO gameplay to the world, launching the genre as we know it today.
Brad served at Sony Online Entertainment as Vice President of Premium Games responsible for EverQuest, EverQuest 2, EverQuest Online Adventures, PlanetSide, and Star Wars: Galaxies. In addition, Brad was the company’s Chief Creative Officer.
After leaving SOE in October 2001, Brad took a short break and then co-founded Sigil Games Online a few years later where he served as CEO for the development and launch of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, which launched at the beginning of 2007.
In February of 2012, Brad received an offer to return to SOE and work on a Vanguard re-launch. Brad accepted the offer and joined the team as a Senior Game Designer. After a year on Vanguard, where he helped transition the game into a more modern free-to-play model, and revamped a number of regions, he was offered a position back on the original EverQuest. Excited about the opportunity to return to another title he was involved with, he accepted the role as EQ Senior Game Designer from February through August 2013.
With many talented developers in the area and many new exciting game ideas, Brad formed a new company, Visionary Realms, that September. The Visionary Realms team immediately began development of the new, classic, challenging, group-focused MMO game, Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen. Brad has assumed the role of Chief Creative Officer at Visionary Realms and is also one of Pantheon’s Producers and Gameplay Programmers.