john smedley

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

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,...

Lizard Squad leader convicted for 2014 cyberattacks on H1Z1 and John Smedley

You do the cybercrime, you do real world time. Cast your mind back to 2014 and 2015, when a hacker group called Lizard...
Homeward bound.

MMO Year in Review: A home of your own in Elder Scrolls Online’s Tamriel (February 2017)

We’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head...

Massively Overthinking: Our MMO predictions for 2018

With 2017 drawing to a close and 2018 rushing up to meet us, the Massively OP team has regrouped for another round of bold...

Amazon may have already canceled Breakaway

Kotaku is reporting that Amazon has "basically canceled" Breakaway, with two sources confirming that the game is over - on "indefinite...

John Smedley rallies the MMO community to help former EverQuest associate producer

Former SOE head honcho John Smedley put out a S.O.S. on Sunday for one of his former employees who is recovering from...

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