john smedley

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

Daybreak mourns the death of H1Z1’s lead animator

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

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Sony's managed to piss off a whole lotta gamers over its unwillingness to play ball on Fortnite. As we covered last week, the PlayStation...
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Amazon Game Studios’ Greg Henninger hints about big news coming soon – is it New World?

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

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

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

Amazon Game Studios picks up former Daybreak CM Greg Henninger

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

The gaming community rallies around EverQuest Next AI developer Dave Mark

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

EverQuesting: An EverQuest 19th anniversary retrospective and party planner

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

The Game Archaeologist: EverQuest Mac

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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 Macintosh...

Smed’s secret Amazon game is hiring a level designer

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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...

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

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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, we...

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

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

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

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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 into...

Massively Overthinking: Our MMO predictions for 2018

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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

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

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

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

John Smedley talks about the game industry but is mum about his studio’s project

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It has now been seven months since John Smedley shut down Pixelmage Games and took his team over to Amazon Game Studios to set...

Whatever happened to PlanetSide 2, A Tale in the Desert, and Istaria?

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Ever pause during your day and find yourself wondering, "What ever happened to that game?" With hundreds upon hundreds of online titles these days, it's surprisingly...

Will Smed’s Amazon game utilize shooter mechanics?

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Back in February, we learned the fate of MMORPG industry veteran John Smedley: He's heading up a new game for Amazon Game Studios. Smed is...

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...

The Game Archaeologist: SOE’s The Agency

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The graveyard of Sony Online Entertainment and Daybreak Game Company is certainly full enough to be considered a threat if there was ever a...

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