If we have learned anything about trade shows and fan events in the gaming industry post-pandemic, it is that everything can change at the last minute. However, the PAX Aus team has provided an update on what to expect at the event, with Nintendo having a particularly large presence, which is a new direction for them.
Here is the official information:
SEGA, a gaming icon, will be attending PAX Aus this year with a booth featuring Sonic Superstars and Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name. Melbourne-based Ukiyo Studios will be presenting “SEA What I Made! (SWIM),” the largest Southeast Asian indie games delegation to ever come to Australia. The delegation will include 15 titles from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines, covering a variety of game genres such as turn-based RPGs, Southeast Asian-inspired Diablo-likes, and even restaurant management sims.
In addition, Star Wars: Unlimited will be demonstrated for the first time in Australia at PAX Aus.
Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, two icons of the tabletop world, will also be present at PAX Aus. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons and explore the D&D Superstore, where they can find sourcebooks, miniatures, collectibles, and more. Magic: The Gathering fans can also learn how to play and immerse themselves in the Wilds of Eldraine with fantastical creatures, unique settings, and beloved characters.
Dragon Ball Z and One Piece will showcase their games and host tournaments at the event. Participants can compete in the Dragon Ball Super Regionals and the One Piece Card Game Tournament, and try out the new Dragon Ball Super Fusion World card game with a free demo deck (while supplies last).
PAX Aus will also feature showcases for Vanguard, Weiss Schwarz, Shadowverse, and the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game. Asmodee, known for legendary games like Exploding Kittens, CATAN, Ticket to Ride, Dobble/Spot It, and many more, will be bringing their latest and greatest games.
And of course, what would October be without a jumpscare? Five Nights at Freddy’s will create an immersive experience in the world of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza where attendees can test their survival skills for five nights.
In addition to these exciting gaming experiences, there will also be a discussion by Broadside Games on their journey from working day jobs to developing games full-time. The team behind the upcoming game Bears In Space will share their insights, and tabletop legends Phil Walker-Harding and Matt Dunstan will be present, showcasing their games Spellbook and a new game yet to be revealed.
The Nintendo presence includes a competitive tournament for ANZ featuring Splatoon 3, as well as the opportunity for attendees to play Super Mario Bros. Wonder, which will be released on October 20th for the Nintendo Switch.
The release also mentioned that all 3-day passes have been sold out, but single-day badges are still available. You can find more information on how to get them here.
PAX Aus will take place in Melbourne from October 6-8.