October 18th, 2018

Ubisoft Showcases Exciting Lineup Of Games and Activities at PAX

Today, Ubisoft announced its plans for PAX Australia 2018 including a presence in the Exhibit Hall, the ESL Stage, the EB Live Arena as well as dedicated Ubisoft Store. Ubisoft will also be handing out gaming posters at the Ubisoft Booth in exchange for a gold coin donation with all proceeds going towards Feel the Magic.

At the Ubisoft Booth, located at stand #1620, players will get hands on with some of the biggest titles for Christmas and beyond with 48 gaming stations dedicated to the following games:

Assassin’s Creed®  Odyssey
Players will be able to choose their hero, Alexios or Kassandra, and take a historic voyage through Ancient Greece amidst one of the deadliest conflicts in history, the Peloponnesian War. Players will also receive a limited edition Spartan Helmet whilst stocks last.

Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2
The next evolution in the open-world online shooter RPG genre. Players stand as the last hope against the complete fall of society in a fractured and collapsing Washington D.C. whilst enemy factions vie for control of the city. 

Starlink: Battle for Atlas™:
An open world, action-adventure game where players assemble pilots, ships, wings and weapons into their dream starship and launch into an epic space adventure.

Trials® Rising:
The newest iteration of the gripping motorcycle platforming series, which combines core gameplay with over-the-top action.

Just Dance® 2019:
The Just Dance stage will once again bring the party to PAX with 40 new chart-topping playable songs.

Space Junkies™:
A jetpack fueled VR arcade shooter, where players fly through deadly Orbital Arenas to face off in extreme battles (playable only at the PAX Arena on Saturday).

In addition to the Ubisoft booth, the ESL Stage at PAX Arena will host the 2018 Six Masters, the largest esports event in Australia and New Zealand for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. The one-day invitational event will take place on Saturday, October 27, and will showcase four of Asia-Pacific’s best teams fighting it out for a prize pool of $25,000. Competing teams will include Australian organisations FNATIC, ViewSonic.DarkSided and Athletico, as well as current APAC champions Nora-Rengo from Japan. The inaugural event will be streamed from 10AM AEDT on each of the official Rainbow Six ANZ Twitch, Facebook and YouTube channels.

The Ubisoft Showcase will also take place on Friday, 5PM AEDT, at the EB Live Arena, where players can get an in-depth look at Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and Trials Rising with special guest Brad Hill, also known as Professor Fat Shady at the University of Trials.

The Ubisoft Store (stand #1650) will make its first appearance at PAX Australia, offering a selection of merchandise from Ubisoft’s most popular titles including Assassin’s Creed, Rainbow Six Tom Clancy’s The Division and more.

October 17th, 2018

PAX Aus Collaboratory Class of 2018!

Say hello to your PAX Collaboratory Class of 2018! This is the selection of in-development tabletop games that homegrown talent is bringing to PAX. Chat with the designers themselves, playtest their in-progress games and take part in the future of the Australian tabletop scene.

Drift Kings
James Allen - Racing
A completely new take on tabletop auto racing, Drift Kings uses a never before seen movement mechanic to actually simulate driving a car.

Spy:Goonz
Platypus Industries - Boardgame
The game that pits players and their teams of GOONZ against the pesky heroes, while serving under the chilling gaze of the evil Mastermind.

Eldritch Spirits
Mallegory - Party
Eldritch Spirits is a fun, quick, and easy card game with a unique mechanic centred on transparent cards. Play a bartender to vampires, witches, and ghouls, and do your best to mix the perfect drink to match their order.

I HAVE THE BIGGEST SWORD!!!
Tom and Jeb in Space - Party
A fast paced battle of skill, cunning, and who can wield the biggest sword! Players will draw cards and build a hand of sword segments, as soon as a “BRAWL!” card is revealed: it’s on for young and old!

Jekyll/Hyde
Mike Belsole - Hidden Movement
Jekyll/Hyde is an asymmetric double hidden movement game. Play as the cunning Dr. Jekyll or the monstrous Mr. Hyde! Dr. Jekyll is trying to cure himself of Mr. Hyde while Mr. Hyde is trying to kill Dr. Jekyll.

Ghost Peppers
Mike Belsole & Grace Kendall
You are a ghost challenging another ghost to a pepper-eating contest! Draft peppers, drinks, and ghostly powers and then attempt to force your opponent to eat a pepper that is too hot to handle.

The Trick with Occulites
Darwin Games - Trick Taking
The Tribes are expanding and alliances between them are fluid as you work to accomplish your objectives. A trick-taking game with several interesting and engaging twists set in the Occulite universe.

Three Wise Monkeys
Hoot Hoot Grrr Games - Party
You are Sacred Monkeys charged with protecting the forest from Evil Spirits. The Silent Monkey draws the plans card to assemble. They use the Tablet to visually instruct the Deaf Monkey, who in turn verbally instructs the Blind Monkey to assemble the blocks, which only they can touch.

Nova League
FiveRobots - Tactical
Nova League takes the tabletop tactical space combat experience, and condenses it into a fast-paced game. The players pilot Starfighters, engaged in a dogfighting battle. Out-fly your opponents and try to shoot them down!

ELFG 2: Dia De Los Muertos
Senyac Games - Dice roller
A Mexican wrestling inspired card and dice battling game for up to four players. Battle it out in a battle royale to become the ELFG CHAMPION!

inVazion
Tony Cockington - Tower Defense
Aliens are invading! As the 4 brave defenders of an unspecified colony on an unspecified planet you need to defeat the waves of inVaders the enemy commanders are throwing at your fortress.

Me-MO Island
Strategy
Play with a collection of adorable creatures fighting over control of their secret forest.
Basic and advanced rules available for young or experienced players.

Ape-X
Lost Treasure Games - Euro
Ape-X is a mid-weight worker placement/engine builder for 1-5 players. Players are ape scientists competing for the Facilities scientific grant. Players must send out their ape associates as workers to collect resources, perform abilities and purchase items.

Rare Roses
Cravon Studios - Strategy
Featuring the artwork of renowned fantasy artist Nene Thomas, Rare Roses is a family weight micro economic game where you compete to purchase roses from the market and fill orders with them.

Runika and the Six-sided Elements
Fox Tale Games - Dice-drafting
Runika and the Six-sided Elements is a puzzle-solving dice-rolling game of wits and wizardry that takes 60 to 90 minutes to play. Up to four apprentices play as Runika and her friends, collecting elemental dice, solving runic puzzles, and casting spells!

Petal
Ark Angel Games - Abstract
Compete against another to create the most impressive bouquet of flowers in your colour with Petal! Petal is a 2 player abstract set collection game where players create and pick flowers by stacking clear tiles with petals on top of each other.

Cluster³
Ark Angel Games - Set Collection
Cluster³ is a fast-paced game, with an attractive take on set collection. You control a cube, rotating and rolling your way around a factory floor gathering magnetic tiles on each side as you go!

Embargo
Games with Teeth - Euro
A 2-6 player competitive game where players run their own logistics company and are in competition to complete as many contracts as possible while sabotaging other company operations.

The Greatest Good
PlayReactive - Micro Legacy
A legacy microgame about surviving a strange and unforgiving wilderness. Discover a story that unfolds over multiple playthroughs, and adapt to a harsh environment that evolves over time.

Fluttering Souls
Nurse Shark Games - Micro
A 2 player micro game where players take turns collecting butterflies to earn victory points, either in a set or by themselves. The player that collects the most victory points at the end of a round is awarded a White Butterfly Token; a visit from a lost loved one.

Unkiss Me
Caleb Lewis - Artgame
Playfully melding headphone-theatre with simple wooden blocks, Unkiss Me reimagines Jenga as the site for an intimate encounter between two strangers asked to pick through the wreckage of a fictional love-affair.

Rise to Power 2
Aaron Lim - Tactical
A tactical city-building card game where you take contracts and choose whether to use them for powerful one-time effects, permanent upgrades, or build them for points.

Kingdoms of the Crescent Moon
Steven Mathers - Area Control
This is a game of five different factions, each with their own agenda, battling for power in the golden age of islam.

Thornwood School of Magics
rhysmakesthings - RPG
A tabletop RPG with narrative dice mechanics, a freeform magic system, and everything else needed to live life in a magical boarding school. Grab your wand and your dice and get ready for a game of menace, mystery, and magic!

Blood on the Clocktower
The Pandemonium Institute - Party
A captivating and addictive new social bluffing game for those who delight in deduction and deception. There is no player elimination, no passive characters, and a dynamic storyteller role to lead each game to a nail-biting outcome.

Pack of Crooks
Mirrafire Games - Deckbuilder
A negotiation game where you will have to work with your band of criminals to overcome security forces and collect the loot. But who takes more? Build your tool deck to become to most powerful crook in the pack, and negotiate, bargain and backstab your way to riches.

Breakaway
Empathy Games - RPG
Breakaway is a semi-modular sci-fi and fantasy RPG. It doesn’t matter if you want to run a coffee shop, delve dangerous dungeons, have magic duels, go on a seafaring adventure, or get involved in political machinations. Dice rolls allow for story collaboration, allowing players to contribute to the narrative in meaningful ways.

Mythmaker
Games Made Slow - 4X
Ambitious humans, industrious dwarves, mystical elves, relentless undead and savage goblins vie for supremacy. Victory will smile on the tribe who first achieves greatness worthy of myths.

Avant Garden
Sye Robertson Art & Design - Dice roller
The Queen wants a new garden for her palace, and so is holding a Royal Competition! Players roll dice which represent the Queen and 4 of her trusted Nobles. Each turn you roll them to see what they will allow you to build.

Final Round: Fight - Fighting Card Game
Where You Are Games - CCG
Your Deck is your life bar, your cards are the moves your chosen character is able to use. Engage in elemental combat to attack, block, and throw, and to play, fight, and win.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures
IDW Games / Pete Walsh - Miniature Combat
Taking on the role of one of their favorite Heroes in a Half Shell or their allies. Players will battle their way through scenario-driven campaigns focused on retelling the stories of the IDW comics or many one-shot missions.

Too Many Cooks
Kitchentop Gaming - Puzzle
Work together to design a soup that solves specific requirements! Players take turns to change cards to meet their client’s dietary requirements. The twist is, due to privacy reasons, your requirements are secret!

Crash Karts
FiveRobots - Dice roller
Crash Karts combines realtime dice rolling with programmed movement to create a frantic racing game for two to four players. Can you survive the whole race and cross the finish line first, or will you fall behind and be eliminated?

Untitled (Battle Royale)
Ross Cowie - Dice roller
Battle royale meets boardgame. You control a squad of meeples that must search for weapons and supplies, all while making for the safe zone on a modular map. However, you are not alone! Up to 3 other squads have landed on the map and only one squad can be left standing.

Relics: A Game of Angels
Tin Star Games - RPG
Relics is an RPG about angels abandoned by God, stranded on earth and lost without purpose in a war they’ve forgotten how to fight. The game’s unique flashback system builds an experience of myth-making and Tarot cards are used instead of dice to add a rich tapestry of occult verisimilitude.

Orbitz
Craig Drayton - Strategy
Orbitz is an abstract strategy game of galactic domination. Fight for control of the galaxy by gathering energy, maneuvering your ships, invading planets and engaging in orbital dogfights.

Multiworlds Adventures
Taberna Mundi - RPG
MultiWorlds Adventures contains a ruleset adaptable for any kind of setting. The game works on a very small number of rules, making it incredibly quick and easy to learn, and even easier to play. At PAX there will be an original short adventure to try the whole game with his author.

7th Extinction
Mass Extinction Games - RPG
In 2199 came the invasion by the Caentari Alliance. The devastating toll of the 100-year invasion left only 1% of the planet’s population surviving. It’s now 2399, 100 years after a failed alien invasion, a necessary peace exists between earth’s inhabitants, human and alien have learnt to co-exist… just.

Gateway Adventures: Adventure Island
Horse Doover Games - RPG
An easy to learn introduction to RPGs, perfect for younger players, or newcomers to the hobby, with simplified rules and large visual aids. Mermaids, pirates, hidden temples… What will you discover on Adventure Island?

Bounty
Crackpot Studios - Dice management
Roll your dice during a Morning, Afternoon and Evening hunt, tracking down goblins, orcs and dragons, and turn in their ears, tusks and tails for shining gold pieces. But look out – these monsters fight back!

Time Without Tide
Faded Print - RPG
For PAX Aus, a secret artifact has been hidden in the caverns beneath a dreary orphanage. To retrieve it, you must escape the clutches of headmistress Dame Franca, survive the catacombs below, and find a way to adapt to this new world of fog.

The Everchange
Dungeon crawler
A dungeon crawler with no DM, but with the elements that one would control? Traps, surprise monsters, and random events. No one knows what is behind the next door until it is opened. No two dungeons will be the same.

Shifters
Ethan & Chase - Social Deduction
Deep in an undersea research facility, one person is transformed into a dangerously convincing shapeshifter, whose single goal is to escape back to human civilisation; those who remain human must discover the shifter and escape to the surface.

October 16th, 2018

Fortnite hits PAX Australia 2018!

Fortnite hits PAX Australia 2018 in big way, and celebrates Australia’s biggest gaming festival with fans!

The action starts the week before the show, with a special one of a kind Fortnite battletram taking to the streets of Melbourne. Keep an eye out!

On the expo floor, head to the Fortnite Boogiedown booth #2630, get up, boogiedown, and show us your moves! We’ll capture the best, with participants each receiving their own custom boogiedown gif to keep and share.

Looking to play some Fortnite IRL? In the Battle Royale Freeplay, three big days of wall-to-wall action, 100 player IRL matches in duos! Everyone who takes part receives a Fortnite foam pickaxe and an exclusive convention code for an in-game spray.

October 16th, 2018

See what Nintendo is bringing to PAX!

Stop by the Nintendo booth at PAX to catch an all-star line-up of titles on display!

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

For the first time in Australia, try the Poké Ball Plus with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Take your Pokémon journey to the Kanto region to become a top Pokémon Trainer as you battle other trainers.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Legendary game worlds and fighters collide in the ultimate showdown—the latest Super Smash Bros. game, with new fighters, stages, and more, is playable at PAX AUS 2018!

Super Mario Party

The party comes to PAX with Super Mario Party on Nintendo Switch! With new modes and new minigames coupled with original board game play, the party starts anywhere, anytime, and with all kinds of players.

My Nintendo

Check-in with My Nintendo at the Nintendo booth to receive an exclusive pin, while stock lasts!

GameSpot Theatre Exclusive Pin

Bring your Nintendo Switch to PAX, and if you’re seen playing around the GameSpot theatre, you’ll receive an exclusive Nintendo Switch pin!
Plus, check out these panels at the GameSpot Theatre!

• Fri 26/10 @ 11:30am: The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Panel
• Fri 26/10 @ 5:30pm: Zelda Universe Presents: Ocarina of Time, 20 Years Later
• Sat 27/10 @ 10:30am: What?! Pokemon is Evolving!
• Sat 27/10 @ 1:30pm: This Year’s Indie Game-Changer
• Sat 27/10 @ 3:00pm: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Let’s Play

Loads more games available to play at the Nintendo booth:

• Dark Souls : Remastered
• Diablo 3: Eternal Collection
• DragonBallFighterZ
• FIFA19
• Killer Queen Black
• Luigi’s Mansion (3DS)
• Mega Man 11
• New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
• Rogue Singularity
• Treasure Stack
• Untitled Goose Game
• V-Rally
• And lots more!

 

October 15th, 2018

PlayStation® Australia is set to ignite play at PAX

PlayStation Australia has today announced that players will get hands and heads on with some of the best titles coming to PlayStation®4 (PS4™) and PlayStation®VR (PS VR), at PAX 2018 next weekend (Oct 26-28).

With over 40 playable stations, Aussie players will have the chance to get hands on with a range of upcoming titles, only on PlayStation 4. Among these will be Media Molecule’s creative masterpiece Dreams™, as well as the critically acclaimed original adventure of Marvel’s Spider-Man. Additionally, there will be ample partner presence on the booth with one of the most iconic games of all time, Capcom’s Resident Evil™ 2. Activision will bring a touch of nostalgia, revisiting the same sick burns and smoldering attitude in stunning HD of Spyro in Spyro™ Reignited Trilogy, as well as all-new adventure from developer FromSoftware, Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice.

For those looking for a social alternative, the latest titles from the PlayLink range offer something that everyone can enjoy by simply connecting your smartphone or tablet to your PS4. Family and friends can play battle their way to the top with game show quiz Knowledge Is Power™ Decades, or swing into the monkey mayhem of Chimparty™.

A host of PlayStation VR titles will also be available to play at the PlayStation Booth. Players will have the opportunity to tackle the gritty and glamorous London underworld in Blood and Truth™, take to the skies in the adrenaline-fueled Ace Combat™ 7, or slash the beat with Beat Saber, plus more.

Patrick Lagana, Director of Marketing, Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia, said “The global Penny Arcade community is very important to PlayStation and our development community. The fact that we are now entering our 4th year of partnership with PAX Aus with the biggest booth and the most playable opportunities we’ve ever had, is something the team is very excited to bring to our Aussie players. We will ignite play within everyone visiting our booth, giving players the opportunity to get hands & heads on with some of the best & exclusive games for PS4 and PlayStation VR. ”PAX Australia is a gaming festival that showcases engaging games developed by AAA publishers and innovative indie teams disrupting the industry. There are also panels discussing all aspects of gaming culture, game tournaments, nightly music performances and pin trading for the collectors out there.

Stay tuned to the PlayStation Australia social channels to keep up to date on all latest news and announcements from PlayStation in the lead up to the show.