By Steve Wright
... and we're not talking Editor-in-Chief Steve Wright of Stevivor.com here (though, I will be in Sydney if you're curious...) -- we're talking names, people. Like Ed Boon, the father of Mortal Kombat. Tell me that doesn't make you want to shout, "Toasty!"
Ed Boon is Creative Director at NetherRealm Studios, the development house responsible for the upcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us and the most recent iteration of Mortal Kombat. Boon will be the keynote speaker at the EB Expo this year. Alongside a talented team at Midway, Boon has been with the Mortal Kombat franchise from day one, and bring a wealth of gaming experience to Sydney.
Also in attendance will be Omar Kendall, Game Director of SuperBot Entertainment, the team behind PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. With over 10 years experience in the video game industry, Kendall cut his gums on titles like Backyard Wrestling and X-Men: Mutant Academy before working as a designer on titles like Gun and the Tony Hawk series.
Microsoft is sending along Halo 4 Creative Director Josh Holmes. As a member of 343 Industries, Holmes will sure to be providing Aussie gamers an in-depth look at the newest Halo game before its November release.
From Assassins Creed III, Ubisoft is sending along Associate Producer Julien Laferriere and Mission Director Philippe Bergeron for fans and media to get up close and personal with.
Each of the industry contacts above will feature on the EB Expo stage to showcase their specific titles.
Last but not least, Madman Theatre inside the Homegrown Gaming Pavilion will feature "the international debut screening of the ground breaking Mass Effect: Paragon Lost motion picture, months before the slated release in late December/January," confirmed EB Games. "Born of an epic collaboration between the legendary Bioware and visionary Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Kill Bill: Vol.1), Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is the prequel to the highly acclaimed Mass Effect 3 and follows the early career of Alliance Marine, James Vega (Freddie Prinze Jnr)," EB continued.
Tickets are still on sale for the event, which takes place over 5-7 October at the Sydney Showgrounds.