There’s no official PAX Australia this year, with COVID-19 merging the show into PAX Online instead. But there are plenty of Australians and Kiwis taking part in this year’s virtual gaming convention, including the makers of Cyberpunk 2020, DayZ and the OG himself, Tony Hawk.

Running from September 13 to September 21, PAX Online — a combination of PAX Australia and PAX West — will run as a digital event focusing on traditional panels, livestreamed performances and various online tournaments. It’s the latter that Tony Hawk will appear in, providing commentary for a Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 event alongside skating photographer Atiba Jefferson.

On the Cyberpunk front, Mike Pondsmith will be this year’s keynote speaker. Pondsmith is the creator of Cyberpunk 2020 and has been working closely with CD Projekt Red on Cyberpunk 2077 from the beginning, being first wheeled out in 2012 at a CD Projekt Red conference when the RPG was first announced. His address will air on 3:15am AEST on Sunday, September 13, although for Australians the keynote will be rebroadcast at 8:00pm that night for easier viewing.

Sid Meier, the legendary creator of Civilization, will go over his gaming career in a panel, while a special edition of Game Maker’s Notebook will be recorded live with Insomniac Games’ Ted Price (Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart) and Sucker Punch Productions’ Brian Fleming (Ghost of Tsushima).

The organisers also announced this morning the games for the PAX Indie Showcase. The selection was made from “over 350 indie games available on Steam”, and include some Australian bangers like Unpacking:

Also most of the cast from Red Dead Redemption 2 are coming together for the first time to talk about how they spent 5 years in secret doing motion capture.

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