Hot off the success of Cult of the Lamb, the best in Australian gaming is coming to PAX.
After two years of virtual events, PAX Aus’s Head of Content Luke Lancaster says he and the team are “pulling out as many stops as we can” for the three-day Melbourne showcase.
“We are beside ourselves,” he said.
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“We always like to say that put on more in those three days, then you can then you reasonably have time to do and we’re not we’re not shying away from that this year.
“We’re champing at the bit.”
PAX Aus will take over Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 7-9.
Three-day passes are already sold with some of the industry’s biggest names confirmed.
“I can’t say too much at this stage but we were really pleased to be able to announce Sega, Square Enix (is bringing) Final Fantasy 14 online,” Lancaster said.
“We’ll also have Huyoverse with Genshin Impact, Devolver Digital who have a suite of amazing games… and there is more to come, I can promise you that.”
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One of those games was the Melbourne-made indie Cult of the Lamb which, like Untitled Goose Game and Team Cherry’s HollowKnight before it, quickly cracked one million sales within days of its release.
Ticket holders will get the chance to go hands-on with 2022’s lineup of Indie Showcase Winners, plus the class of 2021 – like CONSCRIPT – which never got the opportunity to strut their stuff on the show floor.
Among them is the point-and-click adventure, Repella Fella, TemPoPo from the team behind Unpacking and Box Knight, a self-described roguelike mash-up of The Office and The Lord of the Rings.
“We’ll have a full expo hall, we’ve got free play areas and theatres that are until midnight,” said Lancaster.
“We’re bringing in content creators, we’ve got new cosplay tournaments.”
“We are not getting any smaller than we were in 2019 and we were already pretty big.”
Among the crowd will be New Zealand comedians Viva La Dirt and John Robertson who will be running a show called Dark Room on stage.
“They’ll be doing a bunch of content at the show if you read some signings as well,” said Lancaster, who wouldn’t give away the names of some secret guests still to be announced.
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“I think saying any more than that is more than I’m worth,” he joked.
“It’s pretty much everything to do with gaming that we can possibly think of under one roof.”
“It is the best three days of the year for us and we do what we can to make it the best three days of the year for you as well.”
Tickets for the October 7-9 event are on sale now at aus.paxsite.com.