What’s John Smedley building for Amazon Game Studios?

    
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Here’s the million-dollar question of the day: What is John Smedley making for Amazon Game Studio’s San Diego branch? Ever since being handed the reins of a new sub-studio back in February with a bulk of his Pixelmage team, we’ve been intensely curious about whether Smedley is staying close to his MMO roots in his new project.

Perhaps we might glean a few details from the job listings on Amazon’s site. The studio is looking for several positions for art, combat systems, and engineering, and there are a few bullet points in the job descriptions that hint at the project in question.

One of the job descriptions has the best hint yet, with the position being tasked to “architect and develop the real time combat system for a cutting edge action multiplayer game.” Another intriguing entry mentions a “real time terrain deformation system based on physics simulation.”

The descriptions also talks about working with “big ideas” and having experience developing for modern-era consoles. Any guesses what this game might be? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Amazon Jobs. Thanks Zangor!
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Dystopiq

EQN but with Amazon’s funding. Right guys!?

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Jack Pipsam

It’s what Star Wars Galaxy players will have always wanted.

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Golconde

JOHN SMEDLEY NEXT

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Solaris

Happy to see Smed land on his feet, and keep most of Pixelmage employed. Really loved what little I got to play of Heroes Song. Still sits in my Steam library, a light extinguished too soon. Too soon.

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athiev

NetherQuest Rext.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Sounds like unofficial Planetside 3….

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Bryan Correll

The game will be titled “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Everquest Next.”

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Rottenrotny

A whole lot of /facepalm in this thread.
Do people forget that he’s partially responsible for not just some of the best MMOs ever, but some of the greatest games of all time?
Ones that set the example for so many games and pretty much every MMO that came after and who borrowed (stole) so many ideas and features from the games he helped create.
Sure he’s had a rough time the past few years, but SOE went under and let’s face it Daybreak blows. I don’t see this as all his fault.

“Another failure by Smed” BRILLIANT

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Raimo Kangasniemi

But doom and gloom is mandatory! And everybody knows that leading MMO devs are history’s greatest monsters… ;)

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Stropp

I thought Jimmy Carter was history’s greatest monster?

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Alfredo Garcia

In the remote hallways of the world’s largest energy conglomerates they still whisper of the sweaterbound trickster.

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enamel

A home for displaced SWG players.

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Crowe

Wasn’t that what he thought H1Z1 was going to be for us?

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mcsleaz

A Whole lot of Failure.