Gaming conferences and events used to be the must-go-to occasion for much of the gaming community. The ability to spend time with like-minded individuals was essential while enjoying the chance to get hands-on with some of the latest games. The banter between fan groups is fierce, but rivalries are put aside while everyone enjoys the festivities. EGX 2021 has finally come around after the horrendous COVID-19 pandemic and a tough twenty or so months for everyone.
This event will be different for sure, but minor changes have to be made to ensure everyone will be safe and everything runs smoothly. Though the numbers attending will be lower, and the number of exhibitors is reduced, nothing can break a gamer’s spirit and the crowd will be buzzing to break down the doors to see what’s on offer.
When and where will EGX 2021 take place?
Eurogamer Expo, as it used to be known, has been held across various venues. It was held at Earls Court in London, followed by the NEC in Birmingham, but now it has returned to London at its current home, the ExCeL Centre. Many reasons were stated for the relocations, but the key one is transport routes and ease of access. This is undoubtedly true with DLR trains running regularly and a bus route situated bang outside, so getting there is not going to be an issue.
Thursday 7th October 2021 through to Sunday 10th October 2021 is when the magic happens. With a full itinerary of events, a plethora of developers, a retro section, an after-hours area, and university students showing their projects, you’ll fill every day with ease. You’ll, of course, get some hands-on time with major titles and the ability to question any of the developers present.
What’s new, and what’s to do?
If you’ve been to Eurogamer before, you’ll know what to expect, but new zones have been added for EGX 2021. You can enjoy hands-on time with the next-gen consoles as well as enjoying the PC LAN area, Sports Zone, and Console Corner. This is complemented with the Playable Games, Rezzed Zone, Leftfield collection, EGX Arena, Theatre and Live, The Rezzed Sessions, Tabletop section, and the Retail Quarter.
You’ll watch Streamers play live, speak to leading members of the gaming industry, chat to developers, play some of 2020s best games, try some unique indie titles, challenge friends to classic board games, and buy many gaming essentials you require.
In short… a lot! There is an eclectic collection to try, so here we go: PvPvE first-person shooter, Hunt: Showdown. The classic first-person shooter from Crytek, Crysis: Remastered Trilogy. Cooperative third-person survival shooter, Aliens: Fireteam Elite. The massively multiplayer party game, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. World War II isometric real-time tactics game, War Mongrels. The post-apocalyptic Kung-Fu fable RPG, Biomutant. A ruthless Wild West hardcore tactical stealth game, Desperados III. The classic alien annihilation game, Destroy All Humans. Take part in a demolition derby in Wreckfest. The next-gen FPS from Arkane Lyon, Deathloop. Spectacular high-energy racing in Hot Wheels Unleashed. Classic arcade fighter, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition. And finally, Left 4 Dead’s spiritual sequel, Back 4 Blood.
The Rezzed Zone and Leftfield Collection.
Indie games are big business and many gamers fill their time between triple-A and these casual and fun titles. EGX 2021 brings a humongous range of games for you to play and enjoy. This is where you’ll spend hours sifting through the range of adventure, sports, puzzle, and shooting experiences. Yet with only four days to enjoy it all, will you be able to fit it all in?
EGX 2021 will be different, but it’ll still be spectacular.
Post-COVID-19 events are going to be unusual for most of us, but where best to spend your time than with fellow gamers. With COVID-19 safe practices in place and a focus on safety, the organisers have done their best to put on a great show. It’ll be different for sure, but it’s going to be spectacular, nonetheless. For more information, click the EGX 2021 link here! I’ll be there to enjoy it, and I hope to see you all enjoying the festivities.