We are back from an incredible weekend at EGX 2021! We have loved going to EGX as guests in the past. This year was a bit different from previous events, not just because it was the first EGX since 2019, but also because it was our first one as press! EGX 2021 was a lot more spread out than usual, with fewer publishers, merchants and games on display than usual. However, that was not a downer on the event in the slightest and instead made for a more personal event where indie games truly stole the spotlight. Even on the virgin media stand, the centrepiece of many EGX events past was dominated by the British indie title Fall Guys, which held in-game and in-person events that you can find out more about in this article, as we explore EGX as a whole and give you all the highlights from the triumphant return of conventions in the UK.
Starting with what I thought was one of the best parts of EGX, the Rezzed zone offered those at EGX an opportunity for guests to try out upcoming and recently released games from Indie developers and publishers from around the world, along with an incredible showcase of demos from the National Film and Television School, where students were given a space of their own to showcase their final projects along with side these other incredible games. Another great highlight within the Rezzed zone was the Rezzed stage, where Devs and industry experts gave talks on upcoming indie games, shared advice to aspiring developers and creators and some incredible behind the scenes moments. Be sure to keep an eye out on the 3Bit social pages and website, as we will have so much more to come from EGX's Rezzed zone over the coming days.
Esports were prevalent throughout EGX, as daily tournaments were held for Street Fighter and Tekken in the EGX arena. The tournaments were open for anybody to enter, but there could only be one winner each day and prizes to be won throughout. But the showrunners were not the only Esports at the event as ASUS's Republic of Gamers hosted the finals to their Rocket League Who dares Challenges Tournament over the weekend too, where the winners would receive a hefty share of the 10K prize pool and have their gaming spaces redecorated by Ikea, who have just launched their new gaming range in collaboration with The Republic of Gamers. You can check out the highlights from this tournament later in the week here at 3Bit!
The Left Field Collection
The Left Field Collection brought even more indies to EGX, most of which are in the very early stages of development or have a very unique twist, such as Asobi Tech's D-Fuzed, which is coming to Gameboy colour, or Morse by ALJO Games which was showcasing a custom controller for the game using a morse code transmitter. The Leftfield Collection was filled with games just like these, and each of them was just as unique as the last, so be sure to check out some of our highlights later in the week!
There were so many more games on display at EGX 2021, with Team 17 bringing what seemed like their whole collection to the event, along with the newly released Age of Darkness: Final Stand and Greak, along with an upcoming title called Thymesia which we will be bringing even more information about very soon!
As part of the 18 plus zone, we also checked out the latest Bethesda game Deathloop, Warner Bros. Back 4 Blood and several available games now on Game Pass, including Hades, Halo TMCC and Gears 5. Of course, as we mentioned earlier, fall guys were also at the event, where fans could meet the giant Beans in person, squad up to play for prizes and even take on Fall Mountain in person as they race up a travelator to claim the most crowns, alone or as a team!
Larian Studios were also at EGX this year, showing off Baldurs Gate 3 and the new class coming soon, The Sorcerer. We got to check out this new class in a timed demo available to everybody at the event to try, and we cannot wait to share our experience with you over the coming days.
Finally, last but certainly not least, we also had Crytek showcasing the recently released Crysis Remastered and their take on battle royal The Hunt Showdown. We were fortunate enough to spend some time with Crytek during the show, and whilst they have no news for us, yet we have been told there will be some coming later this year!
If all of these great names weren't enough for you, though, EGX also had hundreds of back catalogue games for you to play and try out within their retro, console, sports, Tabletop and LAN zones where you and your friends could chill and play together or alone.
The Rezzed Zone was not the only part of EGX that had a Stage over the weekend, as we also had shows for getting into the industry on another stage, A cosplay zone that held masterclasses and competitive masquerades, a live stage which was broadcasting events on Twitch and of course the main stage where big names and industry experts came together in panels to discuss upcoming games, share industry advice and debunk some myths behind developing games.
Unfortunately, EGX is now finished for another year, but if you missed the return of this fantastic event, fear not, as EGX will be returning next year … twice in fact with one event in Birmingham on March 3rd-March 5th, which will have a strong indie focus replacing the Rezzed event that would usually take place at the Tabacco Docks in London, whilst also showcasing some of springs AAA releases. The Second main EGX event will return to London London on September 22nd – September 25th. Will you be attending either event? Let us know in this article's comments on Facebook and Twitter, along with which highlight you are most excited for!
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