Hi-Rez Studios Announces PAX East Lineup

The 2011 PAX East filled the BCEC.

The 2011 PAX East filled the BCEC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New and Exclusive Playable Content for Tribes: Ascend and SMITE

ATLANTA. April 4, 2012. Hi-Rez Studios, independent developer of AAA free-to-play online games, today announced its lineup of games for PAX East. Attendees can check out and play Hi-Rez’s games at booth 962 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center between April 6 and April 8, 2012.

As is typical, the Hi-Rez booth has been designed to accommodate hands-on competitive multiplayer, maximum audience visibility, shoutcasting, and interaction with studio team-members.

PAX East attendees can play exclusive, pre-release content from two of Hi-Rez Studios’ new marquee titles including:

Tribes: Ascend – The World’s Fastest Shooter – featuring jetpacks, skiing, vehicles, and team-based gameplay. Tribes: Ascend releases as a digital download for the PC on April 12th, and attendees can preview Release Build content:

  • A classic map returns… Raindance. Shipping first within the original Starsiege: Tribes in 1998, Raindance is a popular Tribes map and has been cited as one of the most influential multiplayer game maps of all time.
  • And a brand new game-mode – Capture & Hold. Playable at PAX on the map Katabatic this new gametype showcases core Tribes features of speed, vehicles, objectives, and teamwork.

SMITE – A Battleground of The Gods that shakes up the MOBA genre with a 3rd person camera and action skill-shot combat. SMITE is currently in Closed Alpha.

  • Choose Your God from 15 deities including six gods playable for the first time at PAX East. Attendees can select from: Zeus, Kali, Anubis, Odin, Ymir, Sun WuKong, HeBo, Hades, Bastet, Ao Kuang, Ra, Arachne, Hel, Vamana, and Agni.
  • Play 5 versus 5 multiplayer in a battleground map with Boss Minotaurs, new jungle camps, and exclusive first look at Fire Giant.



スライムとチョコボ。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Exclusive HITMAN: ABSOLUTION Panel with IO Interactive; Hong Kong’s Underworld Explored with First Public Sleeping Dogs Demo

LOS ANGELES (Mar. 29, 2012) —  Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, today announced its roster of games for this year’s Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East, set to take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (Booth #850), from April 6–8.

PAX East attendees are invited to preview and play the following Square Enix titles:

  1. Sleeping Dogs™ — the free–roaming, undercover thriller set in Hong Kong’s Triad underworld will feature a playable demo that encapsulates the game’s combat, narrative, driving and open world elements.
  2. THEATRHYTHM™ FINAL FANTASY® — the first–ever music–themed title that commemorates the FINAL FANTASY franchise’s 25th anniversary merges rhythm and role–playing game genres.
  3. Quantum Conundrum™ — show attendees will be among the first members of the community to play the first–person environmental puzzle game from Airtight Games and Kim Swift, co–creator of Portal.
  4. HEROES OF RUIN™ — visitors who demo the epic action–adventure title for Nintendo 3DS™ system can receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win their very own Nintendo 3DS™ system; those who upload photos of themselves with hero weaponry props (available at booth) to their own Facebook page can earn another raffle ticket for the drawing.
  5. WAKFU® — the recently launched MMORPG from Ankama Studios offers attendees the chance to demo 12 available classes. Upon request, the first 1,500 visitors will receive an exclusive PAX East in–game item, as well as two weeks of free premium game time. Fans will also be eligible to spin the WAKFU Prize Wheel for a chance to win branded merchandise.
  6. Risen 2: Dark Waters™ — player decisions will help shape their world in the next installment of Deep Silver’s open world RPG. Featuring a swashbuckling pirate theme, a hands–on demo awaits intrepid buccaneers at the Square Enix booth.

PAX East attendees are invited to preview and play the following Square Enix titles:

  1. Speaker: Roberto Marchesi (Art Director, IO Interactive)
  2. Day / Time / Location: Saturday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Manticore Theater

Finally, Square Enix will celebrate PAX East with a joint HITMAN: ABSOLUTION and Sleeping Dogs themed event at Boston’s famed Faneuil Hall on the evening of Friday, April 6. A PAX East badge and legal identification will be required for this 21 and over event.