Smed’s secret Amazon game is hiring a level designer

It looks as if John Smedley’s new game is about to begin hiring in earnest. “We are going to be looking for an experienced Level Designer for my project here at @AMZNGameStudios San Diego soon,” Bill Trost tweeted yesterday.

Trost, a veteran of major MMOs from both SOE and Trion, has been attached to Smed’s new project for almost a year. You’ll recall that following Smed’s 2015 departure from SOE, a company he’d led for almost two decades, he put together a studio called Pixelmage Games, which began work on the ultimately stalled and refunded retro-sandbox Hero’s Song (we’ve discussed why and how that game failed at length right here).

Almost immediately after the collapse of Pixelmage, Amazon announced it had picked up Smed to run an “ambitious new project that taps into the power of the AWS Cloud and Twitch to connect players around the globe in a thrilling new game world.” We quickly realized Smed had just ported most of the Pixelmage team straight over to Amazon for the new game.

So what is it? That part we still don’t know. Job listings have described a “cutting edge action multiplayer game” with a “real time terrain deformation system based on physics simulation,” and Smed has polled his Twitter audience for opinions on shooter gunplay.

Source: Twitter
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Tanek

Or not? Hmm. Is this just that the picture is not the office, or is he saying the info is off? I’m confused. o.O

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Tandor

um. did he just say “games“?

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Tanek

Good catch. Maybe refers to Amazon in general, but who knows.

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Crowe

Damn. There’s going to be two games that suck instead of just one. Time to sell my Amazon stock…

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Paragon Lost

He’s being silly and debating the inaccuracy of the picture of the office in the link as is the other two posters in that link. Avoiding actually the meat of the post which is whether or not they’re hiring a level designer.

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mysecretid

Is that pic like a “Where’s Waldo/Wally?” puzzle? Are we supposed to find Smed?

If so, my guess is that he’s ducked down behind the couch, eating ju-jubes, and wondering when the photographer from Massively is going to get out of his office. :-)

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Bannex

Pass.

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Dystopiq

Smed has been pretty quiet.

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Dro Gul

Hero’s Swan-Song

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Rolan Storm

Smedley on the move…

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Armsbend

I hope the level they are looking for start with stairs leading to a parking lot. The parking lot is exit only.

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silverlock

lol I had to read that twice before I realized how harsh it was.

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Estranged

@Armsbend brings it like no other.

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Duey Bear

Ouch, I cut myself on that edge.

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Siphaed

Na, it’s got to be a water level to deal with that harsh burn.

I’ll see myself out….