Train2Game News Xbox One X playable at EGX


​Gamer Network is thrilled to announce that Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console, will make its full UK playable public debut exclusively at EGX 2017.
Set for release on the 7th November, the Xbox One X boasts 40% more power than any other console to offer an immersive 4K gaming experience.

Visitors to EGX will be able to get hands-on with a wide selection of games on the Xbox One family of devices including first party titles Forza Motorsport 7, Sea of Thieves and Super Lucky’s Tale as well as the eagerly anticipated Middle-earth: Shadow of War from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins.

“Xbox One was available to play first in the UK at EGX 2013 and we’re delighted that Microsoft has again chosen EGX to demonstrate its cutting-edge hardware first. It’s a further demonstration that EGX is the number one UK event for launching new product,” said David Lilley, MD of Gamer Events.

EGX 2017, powered by Virgin Media, takes place on the 21st-24th September at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event which will feature all aspects of gaming culture including big budget blockbuster games available to play before release, innovative titles from the thriving indie scene, thrilling esports action and much more.   

Tickets are selling fast with several ticket types now sold out and super passes running low. Tickets are available to buy here egx.net/egx/tickets

For further information on Xbox visit xbox.com/en-gb/  or follow twitter.com/xboxuk

Train2Game News Big numbers at EGX 2016

Over 75,000 gamers attended EGX at Birmingham’s NEC to take part in the biggest and the best gaming show in the UK.
Hosted in partnership with Virgin Media, the show boasted over 200 playable games, the largest showcase of indie games in the world and a host of global first-play exclusives including Bethesda’s Dishonored 2 and Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee.

UK hands-on exclusives included the recently unveiled PlayStation 4 Pro and blockbuster games such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Gears of War 4, Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, Final Fantasy XV, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more – all playable and pre-release. EGX is now securely established as the most important date in the UK calendar for developers to exhibit their latest games and for gamers to experience them for the first time.

EGX has also grown as a place to reveal new games and features, with this year’s show hosting announcements of the next titles from Square Enix Collective and Failbetter Games, and Shovel Knight’s appearance in Yooka-Laylee. Popular elements of the show included multiple eSports stages and tournaments such as the GFinity $100,000 Counter-Strike: GO invitational and the UK’s only Premier Event on the Capcom Pro Tour, as well as the UK Preliminaries for the European Cosplay Gathering.

The show’s official retail partner Amazon offered ultra-fast delivery via Prime Now to the show floor, ensuring that gaming fans could instantly purchase and pre-order games and hardware more conveniently than ever before.

“We’re delighted with the feedback from attendees who loved the introduction of Scan & Buy on the Amazon app for a convenient way to buy and pre-order games and hardware across this leading gaming event“ said Russell Jones, Video Games & Software Category Leader, Amazon.co.uk

“This was the first time we have offered Amazon Prime customers delivery of products via Prime Now direct to any event, and the service which enabled attendees to order games and consoles was very well received.”

It was not just consumers that turned up in huge numbers as media attendance reached record levels. Hundreds of journalists from all sectors of the media were present and the event attracted national coverage from mainstream outlets such as BBC News, Newsbeat and Newsround, The Mirror and the Sunday Times. Hundreds of influencers including YouTube superstars Syndicate, The Yogscast and Outside Xbox were also in attendance to meet and greet thousands of their delighted fans.

Rupert Loman, CEO of EGX’s parent company Gamer Network added, “EGX 2016 was our biggest and best show yet. I’d like to say thank you to all of our partners, sponsors and exhibitors for helping create another outstanding experience for UK gamers – and of course I must thank the community for making the event so special. Next year will be the 10th anniversary for EGX and we are already planning to mark that milestone with something even more spectacular”.

The next EGX event is EGX Rezzed, taking place at Tobacco Dock in London from March 30th to April 1st 2017. Irrational Games founder Ken Levine has already been announced as the keynote speaker, and tickets are now on sale at www.egx.net/rezzed.

Train2Game News Dishonored 2 at EGX

EGX, the UK’s biggest games event, is delighted to announce that Bethesda Softworks’® Dishonored® 2, the highly-anticipated first-person action game from Arkane® Studios, will be playable for the public for the first time anywhere in the world at EGX 2016, taking place at the National Exhibition Centre on the 22nd to 25th September.
In addition, Sebastien Mitton, Art Director at Arkane Studios, will be hosting a developer session at EGX on 22nd September at 4pm BST. During his developer session, which will also be live streamed on the EGX Twitch channel, Mitton will discuss his artistic approach for Dishonored 2.

Dishonored 2, the latest blockbuster title to be unveiled for EGX 2016, is the follow up to Dishonored, which won over 100 ‘Game of The Year’ awards, including the 2012 BAFTA award for Best Game. Dishonored 2, is set for release worldwide on 11th November for the Xbox One, PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and PC.

Play your way in a world where mysticism and industry collide. Will you choose to play as Empress Emily Kaldwin or the Royal Protector, Corvo Attano? Will you stalk your way through the game unseen, make full use of its brutal combat system, or use a blend of both? How will you combine your character’s unique set of powers, weapons and gadgets to eliminate your enemies? The story responds to your choices, leading to intriguing outcomes, as you play through each of the game’s hand-crafted missions.

“We’re thrilled that Bethesda has chosen EGX as the venue to bring Dishonored 2 to consumers for the very first time”, said David Lilley, EGX Managing Director. “It’s a further demonstration of the growing importance of EGX on the global stage”.

With Saturday day tickets now sold out, EGX 2016 is expected to be the biggest event in EGX history. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit – egx.net/egx/tickets

For more information about Dishonored 2 please visit https://dishonored.bethesda.net/

Train2Game News Career Fair returns to EGX

Ukie, the trade body for the UK games and wider interactive entertainment industry, and GamesIndustry.biz, the world’s leading video games trade website, have today announced a renewed partnership to inspire and educate the next generation of games industry talent about how to build a successful career in the sector.The GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair, running throughout EGX on 22-25 September, is the unique careers and education area at EGX. Featuring a range of careers and education exhibitors, accessible advice from developers and educators, and unique networking opportunities, the Career Fair gives everyone a chance to get closer to the games industry.

Ukie will once again bring its popular Ukie Careers Bar to EGX, featuring talks by Video Games Ambassadors from some of the biggest names in the UK games business. The talks will deliver expert advice from all disciplines in the games industry, from programming and design to publishing careers in PR, marketing and community management.

Over 30 of Ukie’s Video Games Ambassadors will also be at the Careers Bar throughout the fair to meet future games industry stars to talk about their games industry experiences and career histories. The industry volunteers will also give one-to-one advice on study choices or career paths, and give personalised job application and portfolio advice. Visitors to the stand are encouraged to bring CVs and work portfolios to the Careers Bar to make the most out of this one-to-one opportunity.

Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie, said, “The Ukie Careers Bar is an unique opportunity for the next generation of games talent to meet and pick the brains of games industry experts about building a fulfilling career in the sector. The Video Games Ambassadors can provide one-to-one advice which is invaluable to those just starting out in their career or those considering a career change. We’ve seen huge success from the Careers Bar in the past few years and so we’re delighted to be bringing it back to EGX, sharing the expertise of our network, and inspiring the games stars of the future.”

David Lilley, Event Director of EGX, said “EGX has really benefited from the contribution Ukie has made by running the popular Careers Bar at our GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair. At EGX, it’s not just about playing games, but also exploring games culture and inspiring the next generation of games makers. The feedback we get from schools, colleges and universities alike, who all bring coach loads of students in their thousands to EGX, is that the GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair featuring the Ukie Careers Bar is a vital part of their enjoyment of the show. We look forward to welcoming Ukie and another great lineup of games industry experts to EGX this year.”

Announcement of the speakers and VGAs on the Careers Bar will follow.

For more information about the Ukie Careers Bar, the GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair and the EGX event, please visit: www.egx.net/egx

Train2Game News PlayStation VR at EGX

Sony Computer Entertainment UK have announced that PlayStation®VR will be at EGX this September, giving fans the opportunity to experience the immersive world of Sony’s innovative virtual reality headset ahead of its 13th October launch.
Visitors to the PlayStation stand will have the opportunity to get hands on with a selection of highly anticipated PlayStation VR titles including RIGS Mechanized Combat League and PlayStation®VR Worlds with more to be announced in future.

To avoid disappointment, visitors can pre-book appointments for a PlayStation VR demo at EGX. Bookings will be made available on http://trypsvr.com/.

Taking place from the 22nd-25th September at the NEC in Birmingham, EGX attendees will also have the chance to play Gran Turismo Sport™ before it speeds onto PlayStation®4 for the first time this November.

All PlayStation VR demo participants will need to be in possession of a valid EGX ticket and be 12 or over. Further PlayStation VR demo slots will be available on http://trypsvr.com/ in the run up to EGX, with a limited number of walk-in demos available across the four days.

For further information on PlayStation®VR visit playstation.com/psvr or follow us @PlayStationUK.

Train2Game News EGX Rezzed 2017

egxrezzedlogo.jpgGamer Network is delighted to confirm the dates for next year’s EGX Rezzed as 30th March – 1st April 2017. London’s premiere gaming show will return to its home at Tobacco Dock.

Following on from a successful sold out show in 2016, which boasted the biggest collection of indie games together under one roof in the world, next year’s EGX Rezzed will be once again offering a variety of new games, developer talks and cutting edge technology to the capital’s gamers”

CEO of Gamer Network, Rupert Loman said “We are extremely proud of this event which goes from strength to strength each year whilst maintaining its unique atmosphere which gamers and developers have come to love. 2017 will be our 6th year and we plan to be bigger and better than ever”

Tickets for EGX Rezzed 2017 will be announced soon and tickets for EGX at the NEC Sept 22nd – 25th are now available to buy on the website www.egx.net

Train2game News Top 20 EGX Rezzed 2016 Games

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Gamer Network is delighted to reveal the fantastic feedback received from its EGX Rezzed attendee survey, further solidifying its position as London’s premier games event.

More than 15,000 enthusiastic gamers joined over 100 exhibitors at the historic Tobacco Dock in East London from the 7th-9th April to celebrate the best of gaming from around the world.
 
With over 175 playable, pre-release games and experiences from the indie scene sitting alongside blockbuster AAA titles and cutting edge VR technology, EGX Rezzed was a thrilling preview of the year ahead in games.
 
As part of the exit survey attendees were asked to vote for their favourite game from the event. Total War: Warhammer, the latest in Creative Assembly’s massively popular Total War series, emerged on top and has been crowned EGX Rezzed 2016 Game of the Show.
 
With a large presence on the show, attendees were treated to the latest playable code over a month before the game’s release in May. John Clark, SVP Commercial Publishing of SEGA Europe said “EGX Rezzed is an incredibly valuable event for Sega to build lasting community awareness for all of our titles. The show plays such a crucial part in the build up to release day bringing the community closer to the fantastic game created by CA”.
 
Dark Souls III took the runner-up spot, wowing attendees who were delighted to get hands-on with the infamously difficult RPG before its release in mid-April. PlayStation VR was a huge hit with visitors who had the opportunity to try the groundbreaking system way ahead of its worldwide launch in October.
 
Overcooked! was the highest placed indie title on the list, the game’s fantastic four player co-op mayhem proving hugely popular with the EGX Rezzed crowd. Quantum Break, Remedy’s latest blockbuster, was the centrepiece of Xbox’s large show floor presence and placed fifth in the Game of the Show list.

The full list of the Top 20 EGX Rezzed Games of the Show:
 

1. Total War: Warhammer (Sega/Creative Assembly)

2. Dark Souls III (Bandai Namco Entertainment)

3. PlayStation VR (Sony)

4. Overcooked! (Ghost Town Games)

5. Quantum Break (Microsoft)

6. Black & White Bushido (Endemol Shine/Ground Shatter)

7. Orcs Must Die! Unchained (Gameforge)

8. Gang Beasts (Boneloaf)

9. Gang Beasts VR (Boneloaf/Coatsink)

10. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide (Fatshark)

11. Deceit (Automaton)

12. Snake Pass (Sumo Digital)

13. Stikbold! (Curve Digital/Game Swing)

14. Tokyo 42 (Mode 7 Games/SMAC)

15. RIGS: Mechanized Combat League (Sony)

16. Rocket League (Psyonix)

17. Giant Cop (Other Ocean Interactive)

18. Man O’ War: Corsair (Grumpy Ferret/Evil Twin Artworks)

19. Binaries (Ant Workshop)

20. Esper 2 (Coatsink)

The survey also showed that 94% of attendees would come to a future EGX show. CEO of Gamer Network, Rupert Loman said “It’s fantastic to have another successful EGX Rezzed under our belt. The event goes from strength to strength and continues to grow in both attendee’s numbers and exhibitors, whilst maintaining its rare and unique atmosphere.  The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from all the people that make this show so special, developers, publishers, investors and most importantly the gamers.”

Dates for EGX Rezzed 2017 will be announced soon. Tickets for EGX at The NEC, Birmingham from September 22nd – 25th are now available to buy on the website www.egx.net

Train2game News EGX Rezzed 2016 Success

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Gamer Network is pleased to announce that EGX Rezzed has maintained its position as London’s premier games event with another sold out gala of gaming at Tobacco Dock. More than 15,000 flocked to East London over three days from April 7th to the 9th to enjoy the biggest collection of games in the capital.

Part of the London Games Festival, EGX Rezzed had more than 175 playable and pre-release games, with AAA Blockbusters such as Dark Souls III, Just Cause 3: Sky Fortress, and Total War: Warhammer alongside popular indie offerings such as Shadowhand, The Assembly, The Banner Saga 2, Overcooked and Giant Cop.

EGX Rezzed was also the place to try cutting edge VR tech. In addition to the HTC Vive, a number of games were playable on the Oculus Rift including the public debut of Gang Beasts VR.

PlayStation VR also brought along its Playroom VR suite of experiences to try, along with RIGS: Mechanized Combat League, Battlezone and Superhypercube.

The Developer Sessions brought gamers face-to-face with world renowned game creators as they presented their latest projects, took part in panel discussions and answered questions from fans. Sessions included talks from the creators of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst: Inspirations, Dying Light, and Total War: Warhammer. All the sessions were streamed on the EGX YouTube Channel

CEO of Gamer Network, Rupert Loman said “It’s fantastic to have another successful EGX Rezzed under our belt. The event goes from strength to strength and continues to grow in both attendee’s numbers and exhibitors, whilst maintaining its rare and unique atmosphere.  The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from all the people that make this show so special, developers, publishers, investors and most importantly the gamers.”

Dates for EGX Rezzed 2017 will be announced soon and tickets for EGX at the NEC Sept 22nd – 25th are now available to buy on the website www.egx.net

Train2game News Train2game Student meet up at Rezzed

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Attendees heading to Rezzed this year have a great chance to meet and hang out with other students.

One of the biggest indie events on the UK calendar, EGX Rezzed takes place 7-9 April and Train2Game students are using the opportunity to hang out. Train2Game student Richard S is heading up plans to meet up and wants students to get in touch then join him at the event.

Gaming events are a great chance to meet other students; talk courses and games. Students can meet people in a similar situation and potentially work together. It’s great to meet people on the same course and on different courses to hear about their experiences.

There’s a number of amazing things to see at Rezzed, including: all things Indie and VR. It’s good inspiration to get into gaming and to strive forward in completing the course. Meeting up is a real positive and good for personal progression.

Events like Rezzed are a superb chance to interact with the industry and see what games are coming out. It’s a start at networking with the industry, a chance to build confidence.

Richard S spoke to Train2Game about why he is attending and why others should join him.

Richard S, Train2Game student: ‘I am very excited that Rezzed has come around again. I will take in what I can from the event and no doubt this event will give me a lot of drive with carrying on through my course, and even give me ideas with possible future projects I might be a part of.’

‘Since joining up with Train2Game on the Games Developer course I have tried to throw myself right into the industry. I believe that networking is a helpful component to finding work within the games industry. I want to meet Developers, publishers and industry bodies (like UKIE), also other fellow gamers.’

‘I feel that relating to people in a similar situation to myself is a positive: being on a long distance learning course and having a considerable interest for computer games. Meeting up would help me and my motivation for completing the course.’

‘If I meet with other programmers we can discuss how we are finding it and can discuss too possibly how we approach our studies. I feel I could even benefit I think from hearing how other people study even if they are on a different discipline like game design or arts or the QA course.’

‘I’m looking forward to Dead Pixels 2, Gang Beasts, Job Simulator, Orcs Must Dies Unchained, Overcooked (I do like a party game), Total War Warhammer, Warhammer The End Times Vermitide.’

‘These games catch my eye. I would like to see every game on show however and if anyone catches my interest I will hope to try and have a play on it even if a short go. I am keen to see what might be on offer in the Leftfield Collection also which are games that may be a little different from the norm.’

‘I am incredibly keen to have some time with the VR headsets this event as well. I’ve had a few tries with VR before from events. I am incredibly keen to have more time on these again. I find VR to be incredibly exciting as a gamer two fold.’

‘Rezzed is a big deal because this is a video games event from the people behind at Eurogamer.net. They have playable pre-release games for PC and console. A focus on indie titles particularly, developer sessions from people within the industry and The Gamesindustry.biz career fair where you can acquire advice relating to getting into the industry. Also the Rezzed sessions I am a fan of where you can get insight into games making, advice for developers and for people looking to get into development.’

‘It’s a chance to find out about the courses other students are studying and what they enjoy about it personally. Talk games, games and possibly a bit more games. Find out if anything in particular has attracted them to Rezzed this year. Get to know each other on a non-course related level too.’

‘I hope to see any other students that are planning on going this year. I have actually made a thread in the forums to try and help us meetup over the three days so feel free to post your interest in there. I hope everyone is doing alright on their courses too. Keep at it and best of luck.’

For more information contact: mark@train2game.com
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Train2game News PlayStation VR at EGX Rezzed

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Sony Computer Entertainment UK is pleased to announced that PlayStation®VR will be available to demo at EGX Rezzed during next month’s London Games Festival giving fans the perfect opportunity to experience Sony’s latest entertainment innovation ahead of its October launch.

Taking place from the 7th-9th April at the Tobacco Dock in London, visitors to the PlayStation stand will have the opportunity to experience the upcoming PlayStation VR exclusive software titles recently shown at GDC, and available to demo for the first time in the UK including RIGS: Mechanized Combat League and THE PLAYROOM VR. Additional titles available to demo on the stand include PlayStation®VR Worlds and the first UK hands on opportunities with the VR reboot of first-person tank warfare classic, Battlezone, and first-person puzzler SUPERHYPERCUBE, which will launch first on PlayStation® VR.

In order to experience a PlayStation VR demo at EGX Rezzed and to avoid disappointment, visitors will need to pre-book their appointment.

To be notified when the PlayStation VR demo booking system is live follow @PlayStation UK on Twitter or sign up to receive updates at https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/explore/playstation-vr/get-updates

All PlayStation VR demo participants will need to be in possession of a valid EGX Rezzed ticket and be 12 or over. A limited number of walk-on demos for THE PLAYROOM VR will also be available across the three days.

Visitors to the PlayStation stand will also be able to try a range of the best digital exclusive games coming soon to PlayStation 4 including Giant Sparrow’s What Remains of Edith Finch, Heavy Spectrum’s Shadow of the Beast, Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival, Invent Games’ Strength of the Sword, Housemarque’s ALIENATION and Dreadbit’s Seraph.

For further information on PlayStation®VR visit playstation.com/psvr or follow us @PlayStationUK.