john smedley

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

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

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

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

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...

Will Smed’s Amazon game utilize shooter mechanics?

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

What’s John Smedley building for Amazon Game Studios?

Here's the million-dollar question of the day: What is John Smedley making for Amazon Game Studio's San Diego branch? Ever since

The Game Archaeologist: SOE’s The Agency

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

EverQuesting: The Domino effect on Daybreak and EverQuest II

Yup, it's true. It was a sad day when Emily Taylor confirmed that she was indeed leaving Daybreak. When John Smedley's tweet...

Crucible gets Westwood co-founder as its new boss

Hands up: Any Massively OP readers play the crap out of Command & Conquer back in the day? In the '90s, Westwood Studios was...
But the same old story.

Check out these gorgeous New World screenshots

Ever since last September's surprise announcement that Amazon Game Studios was actually building a sandbox MMORPG called New World, we have...

Devs and players say farewell to Landmark and the last remnants of EverQuest Next

Landmark's servers blinked off for the very last time last night, with our own EverQuest franchise columnist MJ Guthrie there to stream the end....

Smed’s new Amazon studio is basically Pixelmage Games

Amazon Game Studios announced yesterday that it had picked up MMORPG genre veteran John Smedley to helm one of its up-and-coming online...

Amazon Game Studios gave John Smedley a new online game team to run

If you wondered what John Smedley was up to following the death of Pixelmage Games and Hero's Song in December, now you have...

Five reasons behind the failure of Hero’s Song

In July of 2015, MMORPG fans were stunned to hear that John Smedley was stepping down from his post as president of...

The Daily Grind: How often do you claim refunds on MMOs?

Chargebacks were a big deal in 2016: Black Desert, ArcheAge, and No Man Sky were all embroiled in community drama thanks...

Make My MMO: Refunds for Hero’s Song (January 7, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, refunds continue for Hero's Song, which was canceled the day after Christmas with the promise...

The best Massively OP streams of 2016

The number of games our wee little Stream Team covers in the span of a year is staggering. If you ever wanted to...

Hero’s Song wants you to take your money back

As Hero's Song transitions into Hero's Swan Song following this week's announcement of the game and studio shutdown, John Smedley and...

Smed has canceled Hero’s Song, offers everyone refunds

Pixelmage Games, the indie studio headed up by MMO veteran John Smedley, announced today that it is folding up, which means Hero's...
Shards Online

Make My MMO: Shards Online’s January alpha, Star Citizen’s Star Marine (December 24, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Shards Online announced it'll kick off its alpha early in the new year, on January 13th. "Based on...

Massively Overthinking: Our 2017 MMORPG predictions

With 2016 drawing to a close and 2017 rushing up to meet us, the Massively OP team has regrouped for another round of bold and...

MMO Year in Review: Blade & Soul reaches western shores (January 2016)

December's many article roundups and awards always remind us that it's hard to remember what happened last month, let alone what happened way back...

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