john smedley

The former head of SOE and Daybreak. Affectionately known to gamers as “Smed.”

Daybreak has suffered another round of layoffs, between 60 and 70 people

It's Friday afternoon, which often portends bad news. Tonight, we're looking at more Daybreak layoffs. Massively OP understands that between 60 and 70 people may have been affected. Former SOE/Daybreak President John Smedley acknowledged the news on Twitter with a little bit of shade thrown in for good measure. The H1Z1 team working through NantWorks also tweeted its condolences.

Massively Overthinking: The best and worst MMO developer quotes of 2018

It's become a tradition on Massively OP to include among our end-of-the-year roundups and editorials and retrospectives a run-down of our favorite - and least favorite - MMO dev quotes of the year, be they obscure, poignant, or just plain dumb. So once again, for this week's Massively Overthinking, I've asked our staff to offer up those quotes and then reflect on what we from the year and reflect on just what we've learned from them.
Yes, this assuages my nervousness, you bet.

Smed vows he’ll someday make a game akin to EverQuest Next

Earlier this week on the podcast, Justin and I were joking around about how one of our favorite fun things to write about...

Another e-thug responsible for DDOSing SOE years back is brought to justice

Hey, remember a few years ago when there was a new Lizard Squad article like every month, thanks to the fact that the e-thug...
It's clear now.

Perfect Ten: Failed MMOs that could have succeeded with more love

Hindsight is 20/20. Unless you're blind in one eye from nostalgia, in which case hindsight is 0/20. In any case, you understand that it's...

The MOP Up: Star Trek Online’s starbase defense

With the Age of Discovery pack on its way this fall, players of Star Trek Online are probably curious what the studio has up its...

EverQuesting: The history of the EverQuest franchise

Back in 2013, I took a walk through the annals of the EverQuest franchise's history. What started as one title not only blossomed...
Wings.

NCsoft is working on an Aion-related ‘next-generation’ MMORPG

No matter what your feelings may be toward NCsoft, it is great to see that the developer and publisher continues to greenlight MMORPGs instead...

The Game Archaeologist: A history of EverQuest’s expansions

I don't know if EverQuest holds the crown title for the MMO with the most expansions, but I'm sure it's among the top...

Under pressure, Sony claims it’s looking into solving its crossplay dilemma

Under great amounts of pressure to reverse its anti-crossplay stance with the PlayStation 4, Sony has finally capitulated somewhat by saying that it...

Daybreak mourns the death of H1Z1’s lead animator

This week, Daybreak is grieving over the loss of one of its key developers, David "Sarge" Carter. Carter worked as an animator on a...
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Smed weighs in on Sony’s historical PlayStation crossplay hangups

Sony's managed to piss off a whole lotta gamers over its unwillingness to play ball on Fortnite. As we covered last week,...
All over again.

Amazon Game Studios’ Greg Henninger hints about big news coming soon – is it New World?

Is Amazon Game Studios finally about to take the lid off of New World? Maybe, maybe not, but this might be a clue: 

Daybreak update: Chief Publishing Officer Laura Naviaux has left the company

Yesterday, Massively OP put together a piece on MMO company Daybreak Games Company and its corporate overlords, chronicling the US government's asset freeze...

Amazon Game Studios picks up former Daybreak CM Greg Henninger

Daybreak's loss is Amazon's gain -- again. Former H1Z1 Community Manager Greg Henninger revealed that he has jumped ship from Daybreak over to...
Yes, yes it is.

The gaming community rallies around EverQuest Next AI developer Dave Mark

A renowned game AI designer who worked on EverQuest Next and John Smedley's Hero's Song is the focal point of concern following...

EverQuesting: An EverQuest 19th anniversary retrospective and party planner

There are MMOs that have been around a while, and then there is EverQuest. It's so old school it is old enough to...

The Game Archaeologist: EverQuest Mac

In 2003, Sony Online Entertainment tried an experiment to reach out to the (then) small-but-growing community of Mac users. The company released EverQuest...

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...

The Daily Grind: Would you be interested in a retro-styled MMORPG?

As it's been about a year now, I know that pretty much nobody remembers John Smedley's ill-fated Hero's Song. For a while there,...

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