john smedley

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

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...

Make My MMO: Hero’s Song’s update and the Elite: Dangerous mystery map (July 23, 2016)

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This week in MMO crowdfunding news, John Smedley tweeted a few teasers for his upcoming pixel MMORPG Hero's Song. "We're at 5400 items in our game...

Perfect Ten: Most notable console MMORPGs to date

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It used to be that hunting for a console MMORPG was one of the most fruitless endeavors known to gamers. The PC was where...

Massively Overthinking: The future of Daybreak

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This week's Massively Overthinking topic revolves around the EverQuest Next cancellation, of course. MOP Patron Roger sent us 11 (!) questions to pick from....
And Justin weeps, silently, in the corner. No one feels bad about it.

Dave Mark: EverQuest Next’s AI ‘was not vaporware’

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AI developer Dave Mark has weighed in mightily on the EverQuest Next cancellation. Mark worked on the game's expansive AI system years ago alongside...

Interview: John Smedley on Hero’s Song crowdfunding and the future

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Following the abrupt cancellation of the Kickstarter for Pixelmage Games' sandboxy OARPG Hero's Song, we chatted with studio CEO and MMORPG veteran John Smedley about...

Leaderboard: Massive servers vs. custom communities

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One of the trends cropping up in the MMO industry in recent years is the Neverwinter Nights custom shard phenomenon. Games like Star Citizen,...

Massively Overthinking: The cynicism of modern MMO Kickstarters

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This week we've been abuzz about Smed's Hero's Song Kickstarter cancellation - the KS more than the game, mostly because the game is happening...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 48: Blade & Soul runner

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Justin and Bree discuss Blade & Soul, Black Desert, Hero's Song, City of Steam, NCsoft, Diablo III, and FFXIV, with a mailbag question on global chat jerks.

John Smedley’s Hero’s Song Kickstarter project is cancelled

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John Smedley has just announced that the Hero's Song Kickstarter has been cancelled: https://twitter.com/j_smedley/status/692005956482256896 He went on to stress that the game's development is ongoing, but...

The Daily Grind: Do MMO graphics influence your immersion?

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This past week, in the hubub surrounding Smed's new OARPG, Hero's Song, we interviewed bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss, who's building the lore of the game's...

Here’s how Hero’s Song’s gods and races work according to Smed

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How do gods work in Hero's Song? What races can you play? John Smedley's just posted a new and lengthy explanation on both to Reddit. In his upcoming...

Smed’s OARPG Hero’s Song adds $15 Kickstarter pledge tier

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Were you a little puzzled by the fact that the Kickstarter for Smed's OARPG Hero's Song was offering a $25 base pledge when the...

Pixelart OARPG Dragon of Legends launches on Kickstarter

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Smed's not the only one launching a pixelart OARPG on Kickstarter today: Thrive Games has just revealed Dragon of Legends. Dragon of Legends is an...

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