Video Game News: EGX 2016 Dates Revealed!

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Gamer Network, leaders in games media and events, is proud to announce that EGX, the UK’s biggest games event, will return to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on the 22nd-25th September 2016.

Now entering its ninth year, EGX has cemented its status as the number one venue for publishers and developers to exhibit their pre-release games in the UK. In recent years the event has grown to encompass all aspects of gaming culture including eSports, VR, YouTube talent, indie games, cosplay and retro gaming. Meanwhile the GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair offers advice to students, helping to bring through the next generation of game development talent.

After successfully transitioning to a new venue in the heart of the country in 2015, EGX 2016 is expected to welcome 80,000 attendees, 1,500+ screens of interactive entertainment and many of the world’s leading game developers through its doors. 2016 will see EGX expand to take more floor space within the NEC, offering exhibitors further opportunities and attendees even more content to enjoy.

In 2015 we established key new features of the show with Gfinity, YouTube and others, broadening the event’s appeal and expanding our consumer offering. EGX 2016 will see us build on this year’s success and grow even further” said David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events. “2016 will be a landmark year for the industry with the next generation of consoles firmly established and virtual reality set to transform the gaming landscape. EGX is perfectly placed to demonstrate the flourishing nature of the industry”.

Tickets for EGX are expected to go on sale during early 2016 and will be available via www.egx.net.

Tickets for EGX’s sister event EGX Rezzed, taking place at Tobacco Dock in London on the 7th-9th April, are available now at https://www.egx.net/rezzed.

About EGX

EGX is the UK’s largest video games consumer, trade and careers event. Produced by Gamer Network, EGX (and its indie games-focussed sibling EGX Rezzed) features playable pre-release games on both PC and console, developer sessions by well-known games designers and the opportunity to chat with developers on the show floor. Additional features include eSports, cosplay, indie games, tabletop games and more. For those interested in joining the video games industry, the GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair provides a major platform for educators, employers and recruiters to demonstrate the value of and path to a highly rewarding career. For more information visit www.egx.net/egx.

About EGX Rezzed

EGX Rezzed is a UK-based video games consumer, trade and careers event produced by Gamer Network, the team behind EGX. The event features many of the attractions beloved of its older sibling, including playable pre-release games on both PC and console (with a large focus on indie titles), developer sessions by well-known game designers and the opportunity to chat with developers on the show floor. For more information visit www.egx.net/rezzed.

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Video Game News: EGX Rezzed 2015: A Numbers Game

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Gamer Network, the world’s leading network of independent video games websites and producer of the UK’s premiere video games events, takes a rosy look back at last week’s EGX Rezzed.

Freshly relocated to Tobacco Dock in London’s East End, EGX Rezzed 2015 cemented itself as the premier platform for independent developers to showcase their latest projects, as well as larger publishers to highlight their latest game updates. With the return of established features such as the Developer Sessions, Leftfield Collection and BAFTA Inside Games Arcade, plus the inclusion of new features like the GamesIndustry Fair and Rezzed Sessions, this year’s EGX Rezzed was the best yet for both consumers and exhibitors.

As is tradition, Gamer Network asked visitors to let them know their personal Game of the Show. ArenaNet arrived in force to EGX Rezzed with their newly announced first expansion for Guild Wars 2. With a packed booth for the entire event and a very warm reception from fans, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns wins the EGX Rezzed 2015 Game of the Show.

  • In celebration of a successful event, the Gamer Network data kings have been gathering numbers:
  • Over 12,000 attendees arrived to play this year’s best games
  • 110 exhibitors, from indie developers to AAA publishers, retailers, universities, trade bodies and beyond
  • Over 150 playable games across PC, console, browser and mobile
  • Over 300 screens of gaming
  • 20+ VR games and experiences wowed the crowds
  • Xbox attended with 22 playable games in its ID@Xbox range
  • In addition to Game of the Show second place winner Bloodborne, Sony demoed 8 new indie games including Gang Beasts, which placed third
  • BAFTA’s Inside Games Arcade showcased 16 British-developed games
  • More than 300 games were submitted for the Leftfield Collection, of which 24 winning games were selected
  • 15 tabletop games featured in the packed Esdevium Games area
  • 10 Developer Sessions including Valve’s Vive VR and ex-Rare devs Playtonic’s new platformer
  • More than 60,000 viewers watched the sessions on the EGX Twitch and YouTube channels
  • Over 800 people attended Valve’s Virtual Reality in 2015 session – the largest in EGX history
  • Rezzed Sessions featured 10 informal dev talks including an Alien: Isolation post-mortem
  • 8 games industry execs gave careers insight in the BAFTA & Ukie Careers Bar talks, including 3 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits and 1 British Academy Games Awards winner
  • 49 Ukie Video Games Ambassadors and BAFTA Crew Games members advised the next generation of games industry professionals on how to land a career in games
  • 6 teams competed in the Creative Assembly Game Jam, each given 8 hours to make a game from scratch based on Guardian news stories. Congratulations to Ultra Testibus!

The newly released EGX mobile app featured 17,715 game views and features a Google Play rating of 4.4

“This year’s EGX Rezzed provided the most positive feedback of any show in the EGX family. Consumers enjoyed the discovery of a new and fascinating venue and developers enjoyed the opportunity to either take their own space or throw themselves together”, said David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events. “Last week’s show provides the perfect springboard for this September’s EGX, the largest gaming event in UK history”.

 Here’s the full top 10 EGX Rezzed 2015 Games of the Show:

1.       Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns

2.       Bloodborne

3.       Gang Beasts

4.       Titan Souls

5.       Life is Strange

6.       Beyond Eyes

7.       Not a Hero

8.       Ratz Instagib

9.       Broforce

10.   Big Pharma

All eyes are now on EGX 2015, with ticket sales kicking off at 11:00 GMT (12:00 CET) this Friday 20th March. Set to be the largest UK gaming event ever, EGX 2015 runs from 24th-27th September.

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Playstation 4 News: Life is Strange Episode 2 Releasing March 24th

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Despite rumours suggesting that the following up second episode of DONTNod’s episodic game ‘Life is Strange’ was going to be delayed, during EGX Rezzed here in London during their Developer Panel, it was revealed and confirmed that the release date would be March 24th for Episode 2:

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Xbox News: Xbox bringing 22 Indie Games to EGX Rezzed

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Xbox is celebrating its first appearance at EGX Rezzed by bringing a huge selection of playable ID@Xbox games to next week’s event. ID@Xbox enables qualified game developers of all sizes to unleash their creativity by self-publishing digital games on Xbox One and Windows 10.

Hot off the heels of GDC, attendees will also be able to play select titles on Windows 10 as well as Xbox One.

Said Agostino Simonetta, ID@Xbox Account Manager at Microsoft, “It’s incredibly exciting to be exhibiting at EGX Rezzed this year, and we can’t wait to make some of the latest ID@Xbox titles playable to Xbox fans for the first time in Europe.”

Check out below for a full list of the ID@Xbox games available to play at the show:

  •  #IDARB. In its developer’s own words, #IDARB is “a chaotic 8-player eSport jumping jetpack future arena ball game.” Available to try on Windows 10 / Xbox cross play!
  •  101 Ways To Die. A physics-based game with a gory twist. Gain points for killing “Splatts”, using an arsenal of lethal tools to destroy, dismember and dispatch them.
  •  Bedlam. Based on the novel by award-winning British author Christopher Brookmyre, this is a shooter for everyone who remembers gaming in the ‘80s and ‘90s!
  •  Dovetail Fishing. Dovetail Games Fishing brings the challenge and excitement of real fishing into the living room, delivering both authentic action and a compelling contest.
  •  Gear Gauntlet. A fun but rage inducing 2D action arcade game. Test your patience through ever more punishing gauntlets while boosting, teleporting, reversing and rotating to survive.
  •  Goat Simulator. You are a goat, and you are on a rampage. What more do you need to know? More goat to the people!
  •  Gunsport. In the future there is no war. In the future there is Gunsport.
  •  Inside my Radio. A rhythm-driven platformer adventure where your actions must follow the beat. You journey as a green LED mysteriously trapped inside a dying boombox: bring electro, dub and disco music back to life!
  •  Kaiju Panic. A hybrid strategy – tower defence – squad control game with a bright and unique art style.
  •  LA Cops. This top-down strategy shooter celebrates everything awesome about ‘70s cop fiction.
  •  Overruled! A multiplayer brawler like no other – players change the rules as they play, directly influencing the dynamics and direction of combat!
  •  Penarium. A frantic 2D arena arcade game where you take on the role of quirky antihero; Willy. Trapped in a crazy circus show, he needs to run, jump and avoid an array of killer death-traps while being cheered on by a sadistic crowd that’s out for blood; his blood.
  •  Pneuma. An enthralling first person puzzler putting gamers’ minds to the test in a visually stunning world using the power of Unreal Engine 4.
  •  QUBE. Set in a mysterious and abstract sterile environment, Q.U.B.E. (Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion) is a first-person puzzle game that challenges players to navigate each level by manipulating coloured cubes that surround them.
  • Raging Justice. Raging Justice is a modern game born of a classic era. In a city held to ransom by a mysterious crime lord, two renegade cops, Nikki Rage and Rick Justice, fight to prove that no-one is above the law.
  •  Shovel Knight. Steel thy shovel! The amazing retro sidescrolling adventure is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 with exclusive new content. Available to try on Windows 10 / Xbox cross play!
  •  SMITE. The next evolution in multiplayer online battle arena space. Assemble your team, choose your hero, and destroy your opponents.
  • Soul Axiom. Soul Axiom is a psychological thriller, combining elements of exploration and puzzle solving gameplay with a compelling storyline.
  •  Super Dungeon Bros. A multiplayer dungeon-crawling extravaganza with a rock music theme. Get your bros together and get ready to rock out! Available to try on Windows 10 / Xbox cross play!
  •  SWORDY. In this multiplayer physics brawler, you will hit your friends until they explode. You really have to see this one to wrap your head around this craziness.
  •  The Flame In The Flood. A rogue-lite river journey through the backwaters of a forgotten post-societal America.
  •  The Swindle. It’s a little bit Steampunk, a little bit cyberpunk – and every level is unique. Break into procedurally-generated buildings, try to hack all their computers and empty their bank accounts, and then leg it back to your airship.

Rezzed is less than a week away! Tickets are available for all three days via our tickets page.

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Video Game News: BAFTA ‘Inside Games Arcade’ Selections Announced

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has today announced the 15 games selected for the Inside Games Arcade exhibition, which runs from 12 to 14 March. Now in its second year, Inside Games Arcade will be open to the public as part of EGX Rezzed, allowing developers to showcase their latest work and make their games available to play while celebrating the breadth of excellence in British game development today.

The selected games include virtual reality and touchscreen titles alongside console and PC games with some games showing previously unseen content.

The selections list in full:

Inside Games Arcade will also feature winners from BAFTA’s Young Game Designerscompetition. YGD (www.bafta.org/ygd ) gives young people and their teachers and mentors unique access to the games industry and its top professionals and celebrates the games stars of the future.

Tickets to Inside Games Arcade and EGX Rezzed are available from www.egx.net/rezzed/tickets .

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Xbox One News: Hip 70s themed shooter LA Cops Heading to Xbox One and PC in March

 

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Let us give you the skinny… Industry veteran Team17 and wicked independent developer Modern Dream have today announced that 70s cop themed top down shooter, LA Cops, is heading to Xbox One and PC on the 13th March. Right on!

LA Cops is a rad action game with a tactical aspect that sees you cleaning up the mean streets of 70s LA one action packed shootout at a time! Can you dig it?

Choosing from 6 different groovy cops to play with, LA Cops pits you against 13 levels featuring unique tactical play as you take control of 2 cops at the same time. You’ll even be able to select from 5 upgradable weapons to take out those chump bad guys with including Pistols, Uzis, Shotguns, Assault Rifles and funky Grenade Launchers!

LA Cops will be playable at PAX East (6th – 8th March) and also at EGX Rezzed (12th – 14th March). Those attending either event should head over to the Team17 booth to get hands on with the game!

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Video Game News: Creative Assembly Celebrates 15 Years of Total War With Huge Presence at EGX Rezzed

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Gamer Network, the world’s leading network of independent video games websites and producer of the UK’s premiere video games events, and world-renowned publisher Creative Assembly, today announced a huge Total War presence at next month’s EGX Rezzed consumer gaming event.

Celebrating 15 years of the award-winning Total War strategy game series, Creative Assembly will give visitors hands-on opportunities, a revealing developer session and exclusive product giveaways across the three days of the event, 12-14th March.

Playable at EGX Rezzed will be brand new Total War: ATTILA and many previous Total War titles, including the original SHOGUN: Total War,MEDIEVAL: Total War, Total War: SHOGUN II, Total War: ROME II and more.

Players will also have an opportunity to get hands-on with the newest title from the Total War Battles team – Total War Battles: KINGDOM. Currently in Closed Beta, the cross-platform online game is set to light the strategy genre on fire come its release later this year. A limited number of lucky visitors each day of the show will walk away with a Beta key.

In addition, throughout the duration of EGX Rezzed, Creative Assembly will be giving away 1000 gifts to people who play any of the Total War titles at the show. Gifts include Steam keys for most of the Total War titles, t-shirts and Art of Total War books. Some extra special prizes are also available, including:

●        An exclusive Total War: ROME II painted PC
●        A replica Viking helmet
●        A Nightblade B85 PCs worth £800 or a Multi Touch Screen Gaming All In One PC worth £2000 (thanks to giveaway partner MSI)

As if this wasn’t enough, the Total War developers will also be hosting a special developer session on Friday 13th at 2pm GMT entitled ‘A Game of Bones – 15 Years of Battle Animation in Total War’. The session will give Total War fans old and new insight about how the animation process has evolved in Total War games over the last 15 years.

“Having reached our fifteenth year of developing Total War games, we are thrilled to share this journey with everyone attending EGX Rezzed this year”,says Kevin McDowell, Total War Art Director. “It’s been a fantastic voyage for Creative Assembly and we are excited to offer a glimpse of what makes battle animations possible in a Total War game, from old to new”.

For more information about the Total War series, please visitwww.totalwar.com .

To learn more about EGX Rezzed, including the 100+ playable games, 10+ developer sessions, careers-focussed GamesIndustry Fair and to buy a ticket, please visit www.egx.net/rezzed .

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