john smedley

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

Smed’s Hero’s Song enters alpha 3 for backers

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Hero's Song's alpha 3 kicked off yesterday as promised during its Indiegogo campaign, opening up to early backers. "We've automatically upgraded everyone who did not...

Hero’s Song schedules alpha launch for next Monday, followed by early access in November

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While Hero's Song might not have raised as much money with its recent Indiegogo campaign as the studio hoped, players who did pay $15...

The Daily Grind: Is the lack of an official server for an MMO a dealbreaker?

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In this midst of a newsroom discussion about Hero's Song last week, Justin, Eliot and I found an unusual chunk of common ground: All...

Hero’s Song on what to expect from next week’s backer alpha

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John Smedley's enthusiasm for his indie MMOARPG Hero's Song hasn't faltered -- Pixelmage Games gets to keep the $94,231 raised through Indiegogo, after all,...

Make My MMO: Dual Universe fully funds (October 15, 2016)

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This week in MMO crowdfunding news, congrats are due to Dual Universe, the sci-fi sandbox whose Kickstarter successfully funded on Tuesday with over 8100 backers...

The Game Archaeologist: Classic PlanetSide

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Unlike fantasy, the sci-fi genre has had a rocky relationship with MMORPGs. While studios have tried just as hard to make and promote them,...

Smed adds family inheritance to Hero’s Song’s to-do list

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If you missed our live Hero’s Song interview with John Smedley on OPTV, you missed a couple of tantalizing tidbits. One involved family ties...

The Stream Team: Our second live interview with Hero’s Song’s John Smedley

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You asked for it, and we've got it!  John Smedley is joining Massively OP's MJ for a second interview about Hero's Song. He'll be...

Make My MMO: Dual Universe funds, Hero’s Song doesn’t, and CitizenCon begins (October 8, 2016)

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This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Star Citizen has begun its pre-CitizenCon festivities with multi-hour streaming yesterday and today, culminating in a grand presentation by CIG's Chris...

Smed’s Hero’s Song Indiegogo is down to its last hours

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Hero's Song's Indiegogo is coming to a close in less than 24 hours, having raised (as I write this) just shy of half of...

Make My MMO: Elyria’s funding and Osiris’ console plans (October 1, 2016)

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This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Chronicles of Elyria caused an unintentional stir this week when Soulbound Studios posted that it still needed up to...

John Smedley says he exults in hands-on gamemaking with Hero’s Song

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You might think that trading a position as CEO of a multi-game studio to work on a single, smaller, and most decidedly indie title...

Why Hero’s Song is leaning on Twitch to generate enthusiasm

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Twitch is a vital part of marketing an up and coming video game, according to Pixelmage Games CEO John Smedley. In an interview with...

The Stream team: Live interview with Hero’s Song’s Smedley

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Interviews with developers often happen, and then players get to read the results afterward. But what if you could sit in on one live?...

No need to upgrade your rig to play Smed’s Hero’s Song

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Pixelmage Games boss John Smedley has issued another update for Hero's Song Indiegogo watchers, who've pushed the game to $55,000 in crowdfunding thus far....

Make My MMO: New biome for Camelot Unchained; new campaigns for Hero’s Song, Dual Universe (Sept. 10, 2016)

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This week in MMO crowdfunding news, our own MJ - MJ Guthrie, that is - returned from DragonCon with reports from several crowdfunded MMORPG...

Smed says Hero’s Song is in the home stretch after early stumbles

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In a beefy update letter to the community on Reddit last night, Pixelmage Games CEO John Smedley talked about how far Hero's Song has...

Smed: Hero’s Song will launch early access with 15 classes

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Pixelmage Games' John Smedley has posted an update for Indiegogo backers and would-be backers for his MMOARPG, Hero's Song. "As I write this we're sitting at...

Smed plans Indiegogo, Twitch stream for pixel-art OARPG Hero’s Song

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Back in January, former SOE/Daybreak boss John Smedley revealed the details of his new company, Pixelmage Games, and its first title, a PvE-focused, sandboxy,...

Former H1Z1 developers join John Smedley’s Pixelmage Games

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John Smedley's Pixelmage Games has gotten a few devs richer at H1Z1's expense. Massively OP reader Kinya pointed us to the Twitter feeds of...

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