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PAX South 2019 video game exhibitors revealed

December 25, 2018

Who doesn’t want first crack at upcoming video games such as “Resident Evil 2” and “Devil May Cry 5” before they creep into retail?

Those are among the titles fans can see first at PAX South, which has revealed a downright hair-raising roster of more than 150 exhibitors for the annual all-things-gaming expo, which runs Jan. 18-20 at the Convention Center. The list includes some of the biggest names in digital entertainment.

Highlighting this year’s PAX South will be none other than Sony with its PlayStation 4 game console and “Days Gone,” an open-world adventure exclusive to the PS4, which PAX attendees can explore well before the game’s late-April release.

Other major players at PAX South include Capcom, which will preview the forthcoming releases in its mega-popular “Devil May Cry” and “Resident Evil” video game series, and Bandai Namco, which will preview its upcoming “Jump Force,” featuring characters from popular manga series including “Dragon Ball,” “Naruto” and “My Hero Academia.”

The free official PAX Guidebook app lists all PAX South 2019 exhibitors. And the app, as well as south.paxsite.com, also has the full schedule of events, which kick off in earnest with the opening “Storytime” keynote by “God of War” game director Cory Barlog.

Short for Penny Arcade Expo, PAX debuted in Seattle in 2004 as an interactive festival for fans of video games as well as board games and other tabletop diversions. The expos feature major and independent game publishers and developers along with gamer-fueled panels, competitions, concerts and of course tons of free gameplay.

PAX expanded to the other end of the country in 2010 with PAX East in Boston, then made Texas its third home in the United States with PAX South in San Antonio in 2015. PAX also has an international show in Melbourne, Australia, and in 2017 launched a tabletop-focused show in Philadelphia called PAX Unplugged.

PAX South still has three-day badges available for $85 and single-day passes for $42. Families can take advantage of Sunday kids’ badges for $10, good for ages 7 to 12. See south.paxsite.com for more info.

Here are 10 of the most exciting video game companies headed to PAX South 2019, along with their items worth watching.

Sony: We don’t know if Sony will announce anything about a PlayStation 5 at PAX South, but we can expect a boffo showing of its upcoming exclusive game “Days Gone,” which casts players as a grizzled bounty hunter struggling to survive the myriad dangers of the Pacific Northwest.

Bandai Namco: What better way to celebrate 50 years of a best-selling Japanese comic than with an ambitious video game dedicated to its main manga heroes? Bandai Namco’s upcoming “Jump Force” honors the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine by teaming up players with characters from the likes of “Naruto,” “Dragon Ball” and other notable manga.

Capcom: Remember the original “Resident Evil 2” from 1998? Capcom reanimates the zombie horror classic with contemporary gameplay, in a title that could only be called, well, “Resident Evil 2,” set to release Jan. 25. Meanwhile, “Devil May Cry 5” dishes out a fifth serving of the Capcom series’ stylized demon-slashing action in March.

Larian Studios: Expect the Belgian video game developer to showcase “Divinity: Original Sin 2,” the sequel to its critically acclaimed “Divinity: Original Sin” fantasy role-playing game.

Astro Gaming: Astro Gaming specializes in PC and gaming console headsets and other equipment for esports competitors and others who want to level up their game. Its customizable C40 TR Controller for the PlayStation 4 and PC is slated for March.

Discord: Think of Discord as a sort of Skype for gamers, a free Voice over Internet Protocol app where video game fans can connect via text, video and audio chat.

Mixer: Speaking of mixing it up with gamers, the video game live streaming platform Mixer, owned by Microsoft, allows viewers to interact with game streams by voting on game moves and even boosting or challenging a streamer’s action.

tinyBuild: An indie darling at PAX, the video game company behind the survivor horror series “Hello Neighbor” has partnered with numerous indie developers to get their games made and played.

Ysbryd Games: Another champion of indie video game developers, the indie game publisher Ysbryd will highlight the upcoming ’90s-set Japanese-style game, “YIIK: A Postmodern RPG,” and the H.P. Lovecraft and Junji Ito-inspired horror game, “World of Horror.”

PAX Rising: Ever the purveyor of that indie video game spirit, PAX Rising will showcase several promising titles, handpicked by PAX, that come from small companies with big potential.

René A. Guzman is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | rguzman@express-news.net | Twitter: @reneguz

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