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EverQuest 2 CCO launches new company and MMO

By Rachel Weber

EverQuest 2 CCO launches new company and MMO

Mon 06 Jan 2014 1:39pm GMT / 8:39am EST / 5:39am PST

Brad McQuaid will Kickstart Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen later this month

Brad McQuaid, best known for his work on EverQuest, Planetside and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes has started his own company (as yet unnamed) and will be launching a Kickstarter to fund a new MMO, Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen, later this month.

"Brad formed a new company in September 2013," said the biography on McQuaid's website.

"They immediately began development of a new, classic, challenging, group-focused MMO called Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen. 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. Brad has assumed the role of Chief Creative Officer and one of the Producers of Pantheon."

McQuaid also confirmed the news on Twitter, revealing there would be a "minimum 3 years to release" and that he was planning a long beta for the title.

The developer first worked on the EverQuest franchise at Verant Interactive in 1996, moving to Sony Online Entertainment in 1999 where he was CCO and responsible for EverQuest, EverQuest 2, EverQuest Online Adventures, PlanetSide, and Star Wars: Galaxies. In 2002 he founded Sigil Games Online before selling the company and its IP, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, to SOE in 2007. He then remained with SOE until August 2013.

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Charles Ellis CEO & Lead Developer, Portalus Games

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I too will be looking forward to the Kickstarter campaign, and I wish Brad and the rest of the team much success with it. However, reading between the lines it sounds like they're basically betting on remaking EverQuest.
It's not the worst idea for an MMO (especially from one of the creative minds behind the original), but continually going in circles trying to sell the same decade-old hardcore audience on EQ 2017 also isn't advancing the genre at all. Like many nostalgia-based pitches this will probably work well on Kickstarter, though.

Also they should really, really consider changing the title. "Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen" sounds like something you would get if you held a competition amongst bitter industry vets for the blandest title imaginable.

Posted:2 years ago


Tim Ogul Illustrator

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I'm tired of "rise of the fallen" as a subtitle. Why haven't they made a zombie game yet with the subtitle "Fall of the Risen?"

Posted:2 years ago


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