Lead Designer, Sony Online Entertainment
As a lead designer at Sony in San Diego,
Laralyn McWilliams is currently working on a new project called Free Realms, a free MMO with
cross-gender appeal. In the past she has worked on such critically acclaimed
titles as Full Spectrum Warrior.
She began her career in games in the early 90's when she
sold her first adventure title to Micropose. Since then, she has been a project
director at Edge of Reality, and a lead designer at Pandemic Studios and High
Voltage Software -- where she has worked on a variety of titles in different
genres, including strategy, platformers, and shooters.
During a career that spans two decades, McWilliams has
worked on all different kinds of games, and is now moving into the world of MMO's:
an impressive range and collection of titles.
McWilliam's current title, Free Realms,
combines the look and feel of a traditional MMO with the conversational
capacity and mini games of a youth-oriented title.
It also makes use of the
both the game's website in order to allow the player to jump directly into the
experience of play.
What her peers say
"Laralyn is another woman I think should receive
more attention in the industry. She consistently produces quality work as a
lead in fields traditionally dominated by men. I completely respect her work."