Amazon Game Studios Calls On John Smedley To Run San Diego Office

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor
Share:

SOE's Smedley Thinks F2P On Consoles Monetizes Well

19 months after leaving Daybreak Game Company and just a month after shuttering the doors of his indie startup Pixelmage Games, John Smedley has found new employment.

Smedley will head up the San Diego office of Amazon Game Studios, makers of upcoming almost-certain-to-be-F2P arena battler Breakaway, along with MMO titles New World and Crucible. It doesn't appear that Smedley and his team will be contributing to those two games, according to a statement by Amazon:

His team is already hard at work on an ambitious new project that taps into the power of the AWS Cloud and Twitch to connect players around the globe in a thrilling new game world.

It's also possible that whatever game the San Diego studio cooks up won't be free-to-play, since Smedley doesn't like microtransactions. But now that he's working for someone again -- as it was with SOE/Daybreak -- he might have to adapt his vision to suit those of his superiors.

In an email interview with GamesIndustry, Smedley said that he's excited to work with Amazon and, of course, Twitch. He extensively courted big Twitch streamers to promote Daybreak's games, most notably H1Z1.

So what exactly will Smedley's division be working on? Let the "next big MMO" rumor mill begin! Given his background, and probably the sense of unfulfilled potential Smedley probably has regarding EverQuest Next and Hero's Song, it's hard to imagine he wouldn't want to make something along those lines. In fact, Smedley himself made a few comments about the current state of MMOs in the GI interview:

"I think we're seeing the evolution of the MMO into a lot of different forms. I look at Destiny and I think it's an amazing MMO, but it's nothing like WoW. I think we're also seeing the realization that content is incredibly time consuming to make, and keeping up with the players is a difficult thing to do.

"For someone trying to make a WoW-MMO they have to deal with 12 years of content. That's going to mean a focus on more player-owned systems and games that are more open ended (Day Z or H1Z1 are great examples of this) where other players are the content. We'll still see great MMOs, we're just going to see them evolve from what they are now."

So what's your take on John Smedley's new gig? Will his new game be something you're looking forward to trying, or is there too much of a sour taste in your mouth from his previous efforts?

Share:
Got a news tip? Contact us directly here!

About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (4)

trionisshit 5 years ago
:D This fake free to play games scammer should not show his face anywhere better for better scam, everyone know this pri c k !

Hellsworth 5 years ago
Allow me a bit of smugness...
I know what he's working on, "Everfail Next" *smug face*

glad 5 years ago
Awesome I hope john smedley does good in his employment in running the san diego office. Since he hates micro currency we likely won't be seeing those :)

View 1 reply

Read Next

WildStar Boosts Signature Membership Rewards For Subscribers

WildStar Boosts Signature Membership Rewards For Subscribers

If you're a paying customer of WildStar, you're in luck.

By Jason Winter - 5 years ago

You May Enjoy

Dauntless’s Saint’s Bond Is Back And Filled With More Love Than Ever

Dauntless’s Saint’s Bond Is Back And Filled With More Love Than Ever

Who needs a Player 2 when you have NPCs to get close to?

By Aspen Pash - 6 days ago
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed Launches First Big Free DLC

Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed Launches First Big Free DLC

Introducing the newest ghost type: Glutton

By Aspen Pash - 1 week ago
Yesterday It Was A Rumor, Today It Is A Fact: Rumbleverse Is Shutting Down

Yesterday It Was A Rumor, Today It Is A Fact: Rumbleverse Is Shutting Down

Iron Galaxy says we may not have seen the final form of the Rumble though.

By Michael Byrne - 1 week ago
Activision Blizzard's 2022 Financial Results And Q4 Earnings Display 43% Year-Over-Year Net Bookings Growth

Activision Blizzard's 2022 Financial Results And Q4 Earnings Display 43% Year-Over-Year Net Bookings Growth

Overwatch 2 delivered the highest quarterly figures for player numbers and hours played in Overwatch history.

By Aspen Pash - 1 day ago
Square Enix Strips Cheating World First Team Of Titles, Gear, And Achievements From FFXIV's Omega Protocol

Square Enix Strips Cheating World First Team Of Titles, Gear, And Achievements From FFXIV's Omega Protocol

“You didn’t directly commit cheating, but you were able to capture the benefits of cheating.”

By QuintLyn Bowers - 1 week ago
Warhaven Gets A Launch Window In Latest Developer Q&A

Warhaven Gets A Launch Window In Latest Developer Q&A

Warhaven looks fun, but when can we expect to play it?

By Troy Blackburn - 1 day ago