London Games Festival announcements: Molyneux! Yuji Naka! Gears of War 3! – Console news

Some fresh info on the capital’s month-long gaming jamboree.

The organisers of the annual London Games Festival have been releasing a steady stream of intriguing announcements over the last week. Running from September 30 to November 4, the festival is a collection of events taking in the Eurogamer Games Expo, the Golden Joystick Awards and the MCM Expo, which covers games, mucis and manga. There are also plenty of more esoteric options, including BoardGameCamp, a day-long spin-off event form the annual GameCamp looking at, yes, board games with lots of practical sessions and the chance to design your own game.

The big news, perhaps, is that Sonic the Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka will be there in the first week, presenting his new game Ivy the Kiwi and then holding an audience Q&A session. Naka left Sega back in 2006 and set up Prope, a studio dedicated to supporting offbeat and indie game projects. The date and venue are yet to be confirmed by check the website for more details.Meanwhile, the huge Eurogamer Expo, which takes over Earls Court between October 1-3, has just announced that Peter Molyneux will be kicking off the first day with a demo of Lionhead’s Fable III. If it’s anything like the talk he gave at this summer’s Develop conference, it’ll be worth the entry price alone: Molyneux is a great speaker and fabulously indiscreet, so you’re bound to pick up a few secrets that’ll have Microsoft execs shuffling uncomfortably in their seats. Talking of Microsoft, it seems Gears of War 3 will also be on the showfloor in playable form, joining the likes of Gran Turismo 5, Killzone 3, Medal of Honor and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit.

Finally, the festival has also announced a competition offering two lucky winners the chance to go to every event on the calendar and blog about them all for the official website. “We’re looking for two enthusiastic gamers, who are keen to join the games industry, to become the festival’s official ‘voice’,” says director, Kirsty Payne. “This is a fantastic opportunity for an aspiring writers and bloggers – not just to see the inner workings of all aspects of the games industry, but to get their work in front of a global audience.” If you’re interested, you need to email Kirsty (kirsty dot payne at ukie dot info) outlining in 200 words or fewer why you would be an ideal candidate.



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