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Ben Joy
Ben JoyBen keeps the Play Team ticking, helps clients define their digital offering and manages the unruly team. You’ll often find him hitting the golf course too.

In this week's roundup we're talking about last night's BAFTAs, E3 being cancelled, and Dan's heading off to WASD. 

E3's cancelled 

E3 was completely cancelled last week, a sign of the times that perhaps, despite the organiser's intentions to come back next year, the age of videogaming's biggest expo may be over.

Run by the Entertainment Software Association, E3 has been going since 1995 and has traditionally been a focal point in major marketing campaigns for games. Attendees traditionally get to play marketing demos on the show floor, and if you work in games, it was a chance to mingle with your peers, make deals with people you bump into in the hallway, and generally get to immerse yourself in the industry.

In recent years, the ESA has seen declining attendance (from both consumers and product owners), had to deal with a pandemic, and endured scandals such as the leaking of journalist's private data.

In response, publishers and platform owners have been starting to host their own events. We're expecting to see more of that this summer.

A whole slew of new games got announced this week, including a sequel (and a spinoff?) to one of Etch Play's Best Games of 2019: Hypnospace Outlaw.

The follow-up is called Dreamsettler, and seems to be accompanied by a satirical boomer shooter called, ahem, Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Vengance of the Slayer. It's unclear at the moment whether these two games will work in tandem with each other or be separate experiences set within the same fictional world. One thing's for sure though: I love this game world, and can't wait to find out more.

 

Adam Burt

Dan's heading to WASD

Quick one from me today as I'm on a train on my way to WASD, a UK games expo at London's Tobacco Dock and reportedly a spiritual successor to EGX Rezzed, which has moved to Birmingham's NEC.

I'm incredibly excited to get back to a real world expo and check out what devs have been up to over lockdown. The industry is as active as ever, there's new studios that have emerged since the start of lockdown and swathes of new talent entering the ranks who will be experiencing their first ever games industry event. It's also an exciting prospect to get to meet some of our newer clients face to face for the first time after a long period of zoom-based interactions!

Dan Thomas

BAFTA 2022 winners

Last night was the BAFTA Game Awards for 2022, and we were very pleased to see so many of the games we've checked out and loved over the last year take home a win.

Unsurprisingly The Artful Escape won the Artistic Achievement award. A game with an incredible soundtrack, amazing visuals, and an all round fun musical gaming experience. Watch us check out the game here.  

Dan and Adam voted Unpacking and Forza Horizon 5 as their 2021 games of the year. As if achieving that accolade wasn't high enough, FH5 took home the award for best British game, and Unpacking won the Narrative BAFTA. Watch us check out FHS here.

There were incredibly worth winners all round, but what gave me the most joy was seeing No Man's Sky finally bring home the BAFTA for Evolving Game! Having worked with the Hello Games team for the past 5 and a bit years, I've always been blown away by the efforts and lengths the team go to to constantly update and improve the game... All as free updates. The team thoroughly deserve it, and I am absolutely chuffed to see them being recognised for all the hard work they have, and continue to, put into the incredible No Man's Sky. 

You can see the full list of winners here

Ben Joy

My Time at Sandrock is coming to Early Access

One of the best games I played in 2021 was My Time at Portia, a whimsical RPG/farming sim/dating simulator blend that's has a lot of depth.

The sequel, My Time at Sandrock, has been in development for some time - with multiple improvements and additions to the winning blend that so many love.

Yesterday, developer Pathea announced that MTAS is finally coming to Early Access on Steam and Epic Store on the 26th of May!

As someone who played the demo multiple times, I CANNOT WAIT to dive into this beautiful world, get to know the townsfolk and figure out the mysteries of this wholesome post-apocalyptic world.

Oh, did I mention that this game is set in a fantasy post-apocalypse world with a plot of its own? Go play it!

Taya B

Max Payne Remake

Max Payne is getting a full remake of the first two games, developer Remedy Entertainment announced on Wednesday. The new compilation will include Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max and be exclusive to PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

The Max Payne games mixed crime noir with comic book storytelling to tell the tale of a detective whose life spirals out of control. The games were famous for their bullet time mechanic.

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Remedy Entertainment will be developing the games with Rockstar Games funding the production. The game is still in the concept stage, so fans shouldn’t expect anything for a long time yet.

Ben Gammon

Other places to find Etch Play

You can find Etch Play on all the usual social networks you might imagine. In particular, we hang out on Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube

We also have a live show every Thursday, where we recap the latest games industry news in video podcast form. It's a lot of fun. If you'd like to check it out, why not follow us on Twitch?

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