Preview: EGX 2016 at Birmingham’s NEC

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With Battlefield 1, Playstation VR, Horizon: Zero Dawn, as well as sessions with Amplitude Studio’s Narrative Director, and several strategy developers working for SEGA, EGX 2016 is promising a lot.

While Los Angeles has E3, Germany has Gamescom and France has Paris Games Week, Britain’s own annual gaming expo, EGX, is back again this year. Developed in 2008 by the online magazine Eurogamer, as part of London’s 2008 Games Festival, the expo soon found its feet and became its own annual event. Now returning for its second year at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, this year promises to be incredibly interesting.

On the show floor we’re going to be seeing some amazing titles, from both major triple-AAA developers, as well as smaller independent developers. Blizzard will be hosting an Overwatch tournament, with an open invitation to everybody who shows up on the day. Sony is going to be showing off their robot-dinosaur hunting simulator, Horizon: Zero Dawn, as well as their upcoming VR. We’re also going to be hearing from the Starbound developers, talking about the development history of the game, and its release earlier this year.

We’re also going to be seeing some very exciting and interesting independent games. One game due to appear is Political Animals, from developers Squeaky Wheel, a turn-based election simulator featuring animals vying for political control of an island. We also have Abyssal Arts with City of the Shroud, a game that sounds more like a once-in-a-lifetime event, where your actions and the decisions that you make, cause the story to unfold live, in episodic instalments. And there will be YIIK, a game by Ysbryd Games, which just looks very, very cool.

There will, of course, be much more than this, too. Dad Quest (Excalibur Games), Battlefield 1 (EA), a new Gran Turismo game. There’s going to be Dawn of War III, Empires of Undergrowth, and Jalopy, whose developer will also be giving a talk about his game and what’s in store for its future. The conference looks like it’s going to be incredible, with some huge industry names attending.

EGX 2016 takes place in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre from 22nd-25th September 2016. Multi Day tickets are presently sold out, but it’s not too late to get a day ticket for Tuesday, Friday or Sunday – with prices currently ranging from as cheap as £12-£18.

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