The video game industry is in mourning, as Paul McLaughlin, known for being the art director of the saga FableHe passed away at the age of 57 after a battle with cancer. The creative had a career of more than 30 years in which he made history thanks to his work in various sagas and studies.
His work was important for the development of the industry in the United Kingdom, so several of his colleagues remembered part of his career and gave him some farewell words. They all highlighted McLaughlin’s talent and how important he was to the history of video games.
Paul McLaughlin, a developer with a long legacy for the industry
McLaughlin is best known for his artwork that he did for Fable when he was part of the Lionhead ranks. However, during his 3 decades in the industry he also collaborated on other projects, such as Dungeon Keeper, Populous 2, Theme Park, Syndicate Y Magic Carpet.
This gave him the opportunity to work at Bullfrog Productions and 22cans alongside other important creatives such as Peter Molyneux, who remembered McLaughlin and highlighted his talent for video games.
“Paul came into my life in 1990 when he started at Bullfrog as employee number 4. He was the first game artist I had ever met. It immediately became invaluable, an essential part of the many titles we all work on. Then, when Lionhead was created, he not only directed Black & White, The Movies Y Fable, but also helped run the company. A great artist, a wonderful mentor and an inspiring man,” Molyneux said.
Other industry insiders, including Media Molecule co-founder and creative director Mark Healey, lamented McLaughlin’s departure. He stressed that his death is a great loss and that his legacy will always remain alive in the people with whom he worked and helped at all times.
Social media was also filled with thanks from various developers and creatives who knew McLaughlin throughout his career.
Gutted to learn that Paul Mclaughlin, an amazing artist and lead i work alongside for many years, passed away in December. He was a nice, smart and funny guy with a great eye and working with him at Bullfrog and Lionhead was a real pleasure. Rest easy man. pic.twitter.com/igjrLbTmCH
— John McCormack (@MisterMcCormack) January 9, 2022
Saddened to hear the loss of Paul McLaughlin. I worked with Paul when he was lead artist on Populous the Beginning and then for over a decade at Lionhead with him as Head of Art. A truly lovely, talented, chap that will be missed. RIP Paul. pic.twitter.com/niCD54geOV
— Stuart Whyte (@stuwhyte) January 9, 2022
Only just found out that Paul McLaughlin died. That’s a huge blow for anyone who worked with him, and for humanity as a whole. A genuinely lovely guy gone way too soon. RIP Paul. You’ll be sorely missed.
— Dene Carter (@Fluttermind) January 14, 2022
The atmosphere and mood. Syndicate was a stunning looking title.
The man who created those graphics has sadly died. Paul McLaughlin was a true game art legend, applying his talent to some of the greatest games ever made.
The world of gaming has lost a huge talent.
— S. L. Perrin (@LBoGaming1) January 14, 2022
We at LEVEL UP mourn the passing of Paul McLaughlin and wish him peace in his final rest. We also send our condolences to his family and loved ones.