MMO Week in Review: Smed prolly gets Amazon Prime for life now (February 19, 2016)

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This week, eyebrows across the MMOverse lifted when John Smedley, just seven weeks after the cancellation of crowdfunded Hero’s Song and the closure of his indie studio, was announced as the leader of a new MMO studio under the Amazon Games banner, with most of the Pixelmage studio intact. Smed has thus far not responded to request for comment, but we’re sure he’s a bit swamped right about now.

Meanwhile, it was Fan Festival weekend for Final Fantasy XIV; Massively OP’s Eliot Lefebvre dragged himself outta bed at the crack o’ dawn to report on the Red Mage, swimming, and how Naoki Yoshida literally came out on stage in full Samurai gear to announce the new job.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
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Revelation Online starts open beta on March 6 - [AL:Rev]Are you unwilling to pay for beta access but also desperately curious about playing Revelation Online? You won't have to wait much longer. The game's open beta begins on March…
THIS WEEK’S CASTS & STREAMS
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Every week, get caught up on the MMO genre’s latest news and Massively OP’s best content in our MMO Week in Review! Want more roundups of content? Try Friday’s Betawatch for MMO testing highlights, Saturday’s Make My MMO for MMO crowdfunding updates, and Sunday’s The MOP Up, which mops up all the little bits of news we didn’t cover anywhere else.

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Pedge Jameson

Smed gets Amazon Prime? HA! poetic justice.

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Sleepy

Something something Smed pitchforks grr something angry mob something down with this sort of thing.

Am I doing it right?

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Nemui Byakko

So now Smed has another company to run into the ground. What a lucky guy.

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kofteburger

Amazon Prime will be sunset. Apparently it wasn’t fun.

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GiantsBane

Oh god I hope not

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mysecretid

I initially read that title as “Smelly Prod Gets Amazon Prime For Life”.

What is wrong with my brain? :-)

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Denice J. Cook

Haha, I love the article title!

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