Guild Wars 2 composer Stan LePard commemorating with an in-game monument
In February, video game composer Stan LePard, who worked on titles like Halo, Fable, Age of Empires and Guild Wars 2, among many others, tragically deceased. The ArenaNet team announced today that they are commemorating LePard in an in-game memorial for players to appreciate his work and celebrate his life.
Stan LePard has composed over forty different tracks for the MMORPG over the past decade, ranging from 2012 to this year. According to ArenaNet, his latest works have been included in The Icebrood Saga, including the trailer theme. In his honor, the ArenaNet team have added an in-game memorial in his honor, which players can visit and appreciate some of the highlights of LePard’s work while Guild Wars 2 team.
The memorial will be a charr NPC named Van Leopard, along with a statue in Lion’s Arch in his honor. Via the ArenaNet press release:
“ArenaNet honors Stan’s life, work and contributions to Guild Wars 2 by creating an in-game memorial in his honor. In the May 11 game update, a charr NPC as Stan named Van Leopard will appear near Charr concert stage from Grothmar Valley in the Crag as a nod to Stan’s work on the Metal Legion concert. Additionally, a commemorative Stan statue will appear in the town of Lion’s Arch and allow players to listen to a music playlist of 10 of Stan’s best tracks from his portfolios throughout Guild Wars 2 history “
Member Guild Wars 2 Stan’s longtime composer and friend, Maclaine Deimer and a group of composers in the industry also sponsored a stan honor scholarship. Deimer added a note touching Stan’s life:
“I think the thing that always stood out to me while I knew Stan was how generous he was with his wisdom and experience. Soon after I first met him, he invited me over. to a recording session for a different game so I could see how this process worked. This was before live recording was even a possibility for GW2. It helped me get comfortable and gave me valuable feedback in the first few days after I took charge of writing the music for the game. During our first live session, I wasted everyone’s time ( and studio money), all the musicians secretly laughed at the poor quality of my music, etc. Towards the end of the sessions, Stan said something about one of my tracks after we had gotten a take of view. He just said “it’s a good handwriting.” It was such a nice and simple thing to say, and it helped é to relieve all the stress that had accumulated in the weeks before the session, that we were there for good reasons and everything went well. gaining the trust of someone I admired was huge for me at this point in my career. Speaking with people after his death, it seems like he touched a lot of other people the same way early in their careers. “