SEATTLE – Oct. 22, 2018 – Cory Barlog, the game director behind Sony Santa Monica Studio’s God of War (2018), will deliver the opening “Storytime” keynote at PAX South 2019, taking place Jan. 18-20 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.
After joining Sony in 2003, Barlog served as lead animator on the original God of War. He then went on to write and direct God of War II, for which he won a BAFTA award for writing. After God of War II, he stayed with the franchise, contributing as both writer and Creative Director on installments such as God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta. Barlog parted ways with Sony in 2009 for spells at LucasArts, Crystal Dynamics, and other ventures. He would return to Sony in 2013 to helm the latest entry in the God of War series, which released earlier this year to near-universal acclaim.
“Doing a sequel to a beloved game is a unique challenge, and so is rebooting a franchise for a modern audience – Cory Barlog has done both,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “We’re overjoyed to have him join us at PAX South. If I get the chance, I’m gonna tell him about this place I know in San Antonio where they make the guacamole with Orange Juice instead of Lime. It sounds crazy, but it works.”
Entering its fifth year, PAX South continues to solidify its position as a premier event for gamers. A short walk from the Alamo, PAX South provides a place for gamers to get hands-on with highly-anticipated titles, revel in new game reveals, participate in panels with the industry’s biggest names, watch exciting esports tournaments, take in game-inspired concerts, and much more.
Tickets for PAX South 2019 are on sale now. Three-day badges are currently available for $85, while single-day passes cost $42. Families can pick up Sunday kids badges (for children age 7-12) for $10 apiece. Exclusive PAX South 2019 merch including a zipper bag, office set, and limited-edition Level Up Dice Stand + Dice are also now available for pre-sale.
The international PAX series of shows (West, East, South, Australia, and Unplugged), produced by ReedPOP in conjunction with Penny Arcade, comprise some of the world’s largest gaming festivals. PAX events connect the industry’s greatest creative minds from across the worlds of video and tabletop gaming, directly to passionate audiences.
PAX or Penny Arcade Expo is a festival for gamers to celebrate gaming culture. First held in Seattle in 2004, PAX has nearly doubled in size each successive year, with PAX Prime 2014 selling out of tickets in a matter of minutes. Connecting the world’s leading game publishers with their most avid and influential fans, PAX expanded with a second show in Boston in 2010 and a third in San Antonio in 2015, making it the three largest gaming shows in North America. The first international PAX was held in Melbourne, Australia in 2013. In 2017, Penny Arcade established PAX Unplugged, its first tabletop focused show, held in Philadelphia.
Penny Arcade is a web comic focused on video games and video game culture, written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. With over 3.5 million readers, it is the most popular and longest running gaming web comic online. Penny Arcade is also responsible for the Child’s Play Charity, the Penny Arcade gaming expos (PAX) in Seattle, Boston, San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Melbourne, multiple video games based on the brand, and multiple online video series.
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture world. ReedPOP is dedicated to celebrations of popular culture throughout the globe that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West, East, South, Australia and Unplugged, Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), BookCon, BookExpo, Oz Comic-Con, Comic Con India, Paris Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, ComplexCon and more. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals uniquely qualified to serve those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India and Australia.
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This is news that we can appreciate because Daniel, myself and potentially Josh will be attending PAX South 2019. Look forward to a lot of coverage of that convention next year.