Upcoming GameStart 2015 video game convention is twice as big as last year

Singapore's very own video games convention, GameStart, returns for the second year, with new partners previewing upcoming games, as well showcases of games that are not available locally.
Singapore's very own video games convention, GameStart, returns for the second year, with new partners previewing upcoming games, as well showcases of games that are not available locally. PHOTO: GAMESTART
Singapore's very own video games convention, GameStart, returns for the second year, with new partners previewing upcoming games, as well showcases of games that are not available locally.
Singapore's very own video games convention, GameStart, returns for the second year, with new partners previewing upcoming games, as well showcases of games that are not available locally. PHOTO: GAMESTART
Singapore's very own video games convention, GameStart, returns for the second year, with new partners previewing upcoming games, as well showcases of games that are not available locally.
Singapore's very own video games convention, GameStart, returns for the second year, with new partners previewing upcoming games, as well showcases of games that are not available locally. PHOTO: GAMESTART
Singapore's very own video games convention, GameStart, returns for the second year, with new partners previewing upcoming games, as well showcases of games that are not available locally.
Singapore's very own video games convention, GameStart, returns for the second year, with new partners previewing upcoming games, as well showcases of games that are not available locally. PHOTO: GAMESTART
Singapore's very own video games convention, GameStart, returns for the second year, with new partners previewing upcoming games, as well showcases of games that are not available locally.
Singapore's very own video games convention, GameStart, returns for the second year, with new partners previewing upcoming games, as well showcases of games that are not available locally. PHOTO: GEEK CULTURE

SINGAPORE - Singapore's very own video games convention, GameStart, returns for the second year, with new partners previewing upcoming games, as well showcases of games that are not available locally.

Expanding into a three-day event from two days last year, GameStart 2015 will introduce a business conference on Nov 13, with talks by game publisher Ubisoft, social network and games platform Facebook, as well as streaming platform, Twitch.

Attendees over the Nov 14 to 15 weekend can try out Sony PlayStation's upcoming virtual reality PlayStation VR headset, and try out six demos, such as London Heist. It will also showcase the upcoming Rocketbirds 2 PlayStation 4 game, from local developer Ratloop.

Star Wars fans can experience the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront third person shooter, which will only be released on Nov 20.

They can also try their hands at piloting an X-Wing or Snowspeeder in the Star Wars: Battle Pod arcade machine that will make its local debut at the event. Brought in by local entertainment portal Geek Culture, the Battle Pod is a massive arcade machine that houses a dome-shaped screen that transports players into iconic battles from the Star Wars universe.

Developed by game developer and publisher Bandai Namco, the software for the Star Wars: Battle Pod was designed by the Singapore office, which consists of local game designers. It was released earlier this year but is currently not available to the public here.

Game accessories maker Mad Catz will also have a stage presentation for its new Rock Band 4 music game, while Ubisoft will be showcasing the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege shooting game.

Namco Bandai Entertainment will have previews and demos for Just Cause 3, Dark Souls III and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, while Warner Bros Interactive will show its upcoming Lego Marvel's Avengers game.

Local game company Witching Hour Studios will have playable demos of its upcoming role playing game, Masquerada: Songs And Shadows.

Tickets for the event at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre are priced at $12 for a one-day ticket, and $22 for a two-day pass, and are available from http://gamestart.asia/, GameXtreme, Gamescore and St Games Cafe.

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