Xbox Australia will be bringing equal measures of both AAA blockbusters and hot indie titles to PAX Australia 2018, with over 80 Xbox One X consoles playable for expo attendees to get themselves stuck in on what Xbox have to offer.

Xbox @ PAX 2018

Focus will be on the highly anticipated Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Moon Studios’ Microsoft-published sequel to their surprise 2015 hit Ori and the Blind Forest. For those who are more into hanging out with their friends at PAX, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (man does that look silly in all-caps) War Mode on the Sanhok map will be available for the first time; or Battlefield V will be playable in 32-player Conquest mode on the Rotterdam map (I’m looking forward to that). If FPS isn’t really your scene, Forza Horizon 4 will be around too–even though it’s been released, it will be a good way of finding out if it’s your cup of tea. Or maybe you just want to check out a McLaren supercar.

It’s not just the high-profile games being exhibited by Xbox, however–the ID@Xbox program for self-publishing on Xbox will be front and centre with some of its best offerings. Ashen, the incredibly ambitious RPG by Kiwi team Aurora 44, will be there, as well as Supermarket Shriek, a party game involving a man and a goat in which you’ll have to actually yell into a microphone to go faster. Hopefully they’ve got a little soundproofed booth for that one.

My favourite part is the frankly unbelievable Xbox Adaptive Controller, an absolutely revolutionary concept by the Xbox team in order to make their games as accessible as possible. The controller will be showcased at the NEXT Exhibit, which focuses on diverse titles, and at the PAX Aus Diversity Lounge.

For those of you with an interest in ID@Xbox, its director Chris Charla will be talking with representatives from Devolver Digital and Dodge Roll to discuss how the industry can support indie developers at the panel Indie Dev Support: The CSR of the Industry, scheduled for 6 pm on Friday at the EB Live theatre. One you mustn’t miss is the Xbox Presents: Gaming For Everyone special keynote panel at 1 pm on the same day.

PAX Australia will run from October 26th to October 28th at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre.

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