john smedley

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

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...
Crucial.

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...

EverQuesting: The Domino effect on Daybreak and EverQuest II

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

Crucible gets Westwood co-founder as its new boss

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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

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

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

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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. The...

Smed’s new Amazon studio is basically Pixelmage Games

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

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

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

Five reasons behind the failure of Hero’s Song

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

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

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

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

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

The best Massively OP streams of 2016

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

Hero’s Song wants you to take your money back

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

Smed has canceled Hero’s Song, offers everyone refunds

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Pixelmage Games, the indie studio headed up by MMO veteran John Smedley, announced today that it is folding up, which means Hero's Song is...
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Make My MMO: Shards Online’s January alpha, Star Citizen’s Star Marine (December 24, 2016)

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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 the...

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