PLAY Expo Manchester Gears Up for Most Successful Show Ever

Final Roster of Events, Special Guests, Games and Exhibitors Unveiled. Machinima SBOC/UK, 2K Games NBA 2K18 & WWE 2018, Llamasoft Legend Jeff ‘Yak’ Minter and 13 additional Indies All Confirmed for EventCity This Weekend!

With tickets selling rapidly, PLAY Expo Manchester is set to light up EventCity on October 14th and 15th thanks to an amazing array of events, exhibits, personalities and games set to thrill tens of thousands of visitors.

A final roster of additional attractions include:

Machinima SBOC/UK – Sponsored by Ultimo Hombre

Influential media brand, Machinima SBOC/UK are now confirmed as returning, bringing their thrilling live and interactive stage – all broadcast over Facebook LIVE and Periscope. There’ll also be news of all the latest games, of course, and prizes given away over the weekend. There’ll even be opportunities to meet and interact with the Machinima SBOC team! The Machinima stage is proudly being sponsored by Ultimo Hombre, the exciting new name in casual eSports, allowing gamers of all ages, skill and ability to participate in eSports for fun at dozens of venues across the UK! For more information, visit www.ultimohombre.com

First Public UK Hands-On with NBA 2K18 & WWE 2K18

In another PLAY Expo first, 2K Games is also confirmed as attending, where NBA 2K18 and WWE 2K18 will be playable for the very first time to all attendees exclusively at the Machinima SBOC/UK stage. Fans will be able to grapple with the latest sports games on the PS4 which features updated rosters and brand-new game modes. For more information on WWE 2K18, and NBA 2K18, visit 2K Games website at https://www.2k.com/

Yak’s Back! – Llamasoft Legend Jeff Minter in The Mix!

Hirsute indie programmer, Jeff Minter of Llamasoft fame is set to make a big splash with two titles: Polybius and Tempest 4000. Polybius is fast trance shooter designed to bath players in a meditative state of mind as they get into the ‘zone’ awash with light and sound. By contrast, Tempest 4000 invites players to once again control their ‘Claw’ ship to destroy deadly creatures and other obstructions with rapid-fire shots on vibrant geometric prisms. With three game modes to choose from and 100 levels to conquer, players must eliminate all enemies as quickly as possible to survive and achieve that coveted spot at the top of the leader boards.

Lightseekers Mobile Phone Trading Card Game

Fans of augmented reality and trading cards are in for a real treat on their mobile phones with the announcement that brand new connected play experience, Lightseekers, will be available to play on the show floor. The game challenges players to unravel the mysteries of Tantos, with the added thrill of being able to connect to one of the Lightseekers smart digital action figures that interacts with you as you play such as offering advice during a battle or lighting up to help you with puzzles! Use powerful spells, creatures and items to defeat your opponent in head to head battles as you take on the role of one of Lightseekers powerful heroes

Indie Overload!
Bringing the total number of indies confirmed as attending to a staggering 35, PLAY Expo Manchester is set to be the biggest ever. Some of the additional Indie highlights promising to wow the crowds include:

  • Filling Station – Nurishment/Team Cooper
    A classic and highly addictive endless runner game packed full of points-earning vitamins and score-wrecking retro obstacles.
  • Fragmental – Ruffian Games
    An intense competitive and co-operative, couch-play multiplayer twin-stick shooter with some of the fastest and most frantic gameplay around.
  • MaoMao Castle – Asobi.Tech
    Help MaoMao the Cat-Dragon make it back to his castle. Glide your finger across the glass of your mobile device, or waving your hand over the LEAP Motion Controller.
  • Polybius – Llamasoft
    Polybius is a fast trance shooter. It’s designed to efficiently sweep you up into “the zone”, where you settle into the gameplay and are cuddled up, surrounded by light and sound.
  • Tempest 4000 – Llamasoft
    Players are once again in control of the Claw, a powerful spacecraft equipped to destroy deadly creatures and other obstructions with rapid-fire shots on vibrant geometric prisms.
  • Sociable Soccer – Tower Studios
    A fast paced, football action game from the designer of ‘Sensible Soccer’; Easy to play & hard to master, play online & offline, alone or with friends.
  • TANGLEWOOD – Big Evil Corporation
    A true 16-bit, nostalgic platforming experience running on genuine SEGA hardware, that will make fans of SEGA’s golden era feel warm and fuzzy.

“We’ve been blown away by the sheer number of amazing events, personalities, exhibitors and games set to take this year’s Play Expo Manchester by storm,” beamed Andy Brown, Director for Replay Events. “When the doors open this Saturday 14th Oct, tens of thousands of visitors will be treated to a show floor teeming with indie and triple-A talent, as well as an electrifying range of tournaments, exhibitor area and live updates thanks to our fantastic partner, Machinima SBOC UK, for the weekend. We can’t wait for the show to start for what should undoubtedly be our most successful year.”

For more information on PLAY Expo Manchester 2017, please visit: http://www.playexpomanchester.com/ and follow Replay Events on Facebook, and Twitter.

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