Obituary: EverQuest and Vanguard developer Mike Hutchins passes away


It is always a somber occasion to bring to you word of the passing of another MMORPG developer, but it is also the opportunity to celebrate that person’s life and remember their contributions to the games we love. In today’s case, we have learned that former EverQuest and Vanguard developer Mike Hutchins died due to heart failure at the age of 51.

Hutchins’ former boss at SOE, John Smedley, tweeted the sad news yesterday, adding, “Hutch was a great all-around human being and a lot of fun to work with. He will be missed!”

Said PlanetSide 2’s top dev, Andy Sites, “Aww man.. Hutch was a great – especially for a 20 year old punk kid who just got his foot in the door of game development and was trying to not blow an opportunity of a lifetime. Always had a smile on his face and a hilarious story to tell.”

“A great guy,” added SOE’s Tony Garcia. “He was a great coworker, friend, Irontoe Brigade member, and D&D adventurer. Remember him in the grand and cavernous halls of Neriak.”


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Jiminy Smegit

Minor trivia from original EQ. In Mistmoore graveyard, there is actually a gravestone with his name on it, or his nickname at least (Hutch).

Bruno Brito

Bye, Mike.

Rest in peace.

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RIP sir. Was not a fan of Solusek A and B. Oh the trains….haha. Thanks for the fun memories.


RIP Mr. Hutchins. 51 is too young… :'(

Jim Bergevin Jr

It seems far too many have left us far too soon.