Sony Online Entertainment’s Associate Art Director, John Roy, passed away on October 14th. We learned the news of Roy’s untimely death through a tweet by MMO developer Raph Koster, who worked with him on Star Wars Galaxies.
Roy started out as Lead Artist at SCEA in 1998. He then went on to undertake various positions, serving Sony for 16 years. Other than Star Wars Galaxies, he contributed to a number of big titles including EverQuest, Planetside 2 and H1Z1.
As of this writing, the cause of Roy’s death remains unknown. He leaves behind his wife Bianca and their four children. A GoFundMe page has been set up to support his family.
Our thoughts go out to Roy’s loved ones and colleagues at this difficult time.