October 22nd, 2018

Xbox Australia to Share Gaming With Everyone At PAX 2018

Xbox Australia has today announced its line-up for PAX Australia 2018. Gamers visiting the show will have the chance to get hands on with the latest new and upcoming Xbox games and with over 80 Xbox One X consoles on booth, fans can get a taste for new games on the most powerful console ever.

From a festival of high-fidelity racing, fresh experiences in battle royale and first person shooters, the fantastic creativity of indie adventures or family gaming, there really is something for everyone at the Xbox booth at PAX Aus 2018, while Chris Charla, the Head of the ID@Xbox program, will discuss his expert views on the indie scene at various panels during the show.

Drop into battle in PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS War Mode, exclusively on the Sanhok map: the first time this mode will be playable on the new map. Get your crew together as the heart pumping FPS action won’t stop there - Battlefield V will have 32-player multiplayer featuring the Rotterdam map on Conquest mode, courtesy of EA. The fantasy action adventure Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be playable in all its beauty before release, while you can get up close to the McLaren 720S supercar and play fan favourite Forza Horizon 4 in person on the floor.

Plus, exciting new ID@Xbox games will be playable in Australia for the first time: Discover the foxy RPG action adventure Tunic, alongside Rooster Teeth’s Bendy and the Ink Machine, hit party game Supermarket Shriek, and the highly anticipated Ashen from New Zealand’s Aurora 44.

Fans can hear about the latest news from the team with Xbox Presents: Gaming For Everyone at the EB Live Stage on Friday at 1pm as well as hearing Chris Charla from ID@Xbox when he joins top indie developers from Devolver Digital and Dodge Roll to discuss how the industry can support indies at Indie Dev Support: The CSR of the Industry

As part of its commitment to accessibility, Xbox is supporting the NEXT Exhibit at PAX Aus, which will showcase diverse titles. The revolutionary Xbox Adaptive Controller will be showcased both here and in the returning PAX Aus Diversity Lounge, with a special demonstration at the latter by streamer Hand Solo.

Many of the titles on-booth will showcase the 4K, high-dynamic range (HDR) and 60 frames per second capabilities of the Xbox One X on Samsung QLED TVs. It’s an unbeatable combination that brings together the world’s most powerful gaming console and the colour and brightness only Samsung’s QLED TV can deliver for the most advanced 4K gaming experience.

Some of the great Xbox games on show this year include:
• Ori and the Will of the Wisps
• PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
• Battlefield V
• Forza Horizon 4

ID@Xbox
• Tunic
• Supermarket Shriek
• Ashen
• Bendy and the Ink Machine

Xbox Game Pass titles featured in the Xbox Lounge
• Shadow of the Tomb Raider
• Rocket League
• Human Fall Flat
• Halo 5
• The Division
• Quantum Break

October 21st, 2018

Blizzard and Australian Red Cross Blood Service invite PAX attendees to stay awhile and save lives

Blizzard ANZ has partnered with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service to give every PAX Aus attendee the chance to prove that the blood of heroes flows through their veins.

Blood Service staff will be distributing refreshments at the Diablo-sponsored Handheld Lounge (next to the main theatre) and roaming the show floor with teams of Diablo cosplayers, encouraging attendees to make an appointment to donate post-show.

One in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime, and every donation saves up to three lives. Attendees aged between 18 and 70 may be able to donate and are encouraged to register as blood donors to help the Blood Service continue to conduct its vital work.

Diablo III Eternal Collection on Nintendo Switch™ will be playable on the Nintendo booth ahead of its release on 2 November, plus there will be plenty of prizes and refreshments up for grabs in and around the Handheld Lounge. This will include limited-edition Pinny Arcade Diablo pins, and a Nintendo Switch™ Diablo III Eternal Collection Bundle, so make sure to swing by.

For more info on how to kick off your quest to claim these rewards, follow Blizzard ANZ on Twitter.

For those of you who can’t make it down to PAX Aus from 26-28 October, you can still donate by contacting the Blood Service at www.donateblood.com.au or calling 13 14 95.

October 19th, 2018

Metro Exodus First Australian Hands-On at PAX

Five Star Games Pty Ltd are excited to announce that it has reached an agreement with Koch Media and Deep Silver for the Australian & New Zealand distribution of 4A Games’ highly anticipated Metro Exodus.

“We’ve closely followed the hype that Metro Exodus has created from recent E3 & Gamescom events, and we look forward to building on that locally. The game is a huge step forward for the popular Metro series and our team are thrilled to be bringing this latest iteration to the ANZ market,” said Tom Dekker, General Manager, Five Star Games.

“Metro Exodus is 4A Games’ most ambitious project to date, with more to do and discover outside of the tunnels of the Metro. Deep Silver are delighted to be working with Five Star Games to bring the story of Artyom to players throughout Australia and New Zealand” said Paddy Lorkin, Head of International Sales & Marketing, Koch Media.

Metro Exodus will be playable at PAX Aus 2018, exclusively at the NVIDIA booth. Enhanced with NVIDIA RTX Ray Tracing, gamers will get the first ever hands-on in Australia with real-time ray tracing powered by GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Limited media hands-on appointments are available, please contact Ben Rawling at Reboot PR for more information.

Set in the year 2036, Metro Exodus is an epic, story-driven first-person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created. Explore the Russian wilderness across vast, non-linear levels and follow a thrilling story-line that spans an entire year through spring, summer and autumn to the depths of nuclear winter.

Five Star Games will be responsible for the distribution of Metro Exodus in Australia and New Zealand and will release on 22nd February 2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Watch the Pre-order Announce trailer here, or learn more at the official website.

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.