Yorkshire Games Festival may have been postponed for this year but that was only to get bigger names signed up for the next one! Today a couple of new announcements have been made.
First up is Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail. A household name in the Indie scene will be on hand in February, joining the list of speakers throughout the week. Known for celebrated releases such as Ridiculous Fishing, Luftrausers, Nuclear Throne and Super Crate Box as well as his frank honesty on indie game development, he will be giving a motivational speech to all the budding developers in attendance.
“The games industry has grown into a space that is open for anyone that is willing to put their mind to it,” says Ismail. “In visiting events like the Yorkshire Games Festival, I get to share the fascinating stories and experiences in game development from both my career as a developer and as a traveller. I’m excited to participate in the week-long celebration of games, to share what I’ve learned, and to learn from the creators and audiences attending.”
Also announced is Mette Andersen, level designer at IO Interactive, who will be opening up about recent release Hitman 2, specifically on the art of designing the huge levels as ‘social spaces’. Also discussing art will be Hwa Young Jung and the rise of ‘art games’ as an alternative path.
Finally, an as yet unannounced speaker will be joining the festival from MachineGames – the team behind the new Wolfenstein games – but who exactly that is will be announced in the new year.
These names are set to feature alongside already announced names such as legendary developer Jeff Minter, the return of Charles Cecil MBE to the festival, Gem Abdeen from Media Molecule discussing their upcoming release ‘Dreams’ and more, once again compered by highly-respected journalists Jordan Erica Webber and Keith Stuart.
The third Yorkshire Games Festival will once again be held at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford from Wednesday 6th February to Sunday 10th February. Stay tuned here at TheXboxHub for future announcements and complete coverage of the festival in February.