Braben And Burgess Storm Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008 With LostWinds™ Screening

Monday 7th July/...The Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008 organisers today announced Frontier Developments’ founder David Braben and Lead Designer Steven Burgess will be attending the Festival’s screening sessions exclusively to discuss in depth the creation process behind the highly acclaimed Wii title LostWinds. The session will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Monday 11th August 2008.

LostWinds, which is available exclusively via WiiWare, is an enchanting adventure bursting with new gameplay ideas that embrace the innovative controller of the Wii.

Braben, best known for creating the free-roaming combat space simulator, Elite, and Lead Designer and concept initiator of LostWinds Steven Burgess will explain how they put the power of the wind in the palm of our hands with a look at the making of their gorgeous, gusty game.

This Screening is your chance to discover how Enril and Toku’s adventure to save the beautiful world of Mistralis grew from a simple day dream by Lead Designer Steven Burgess to become the most popular game for Nintendo’s WiiWare, creating a whirlwind of impressive reviews including Eurogamer (9/10“Frontier has created a mini-masterpiece at the first attempt”), GamesRadar (9/10“a stunning example of what videogames can achieve in terms of craftsmanship and artistry”), destructoid (“the most charming, enveloping Wii game I have played all year, period.”) and The Sunday Times (5/5 "..this is game design at its very best: the controls are superb and the puzzles are truly engaging.").

This Screening will show some of the beautiful concept art; character animation of Toku; details of audio production - and perhaps unveil a secret a two!

David Braben said,“I’m very excited to be taking part at Edinburgh this year with Steven– making games is a great field to work in, and the Screening lets us share some interesting details about how we do it, as well as conveying our enthusiasm for the art form and its potential.“

About EIF 2008

Now celebrating its sixth year, the Edinburgh Interactive Festival is powered up to showcase the continued popularity, growth and influence of video games. And this year, the Interactive Festival is more synchronised with the world famous Edinburgh Festival than ever, appealing to the press, public and professionals from film, television and interactive media backgrounds alike, offering a bigger event for delegates, more consumer focusing– an overall spectacle for all.

New to Interactive Festival 2008 will be Features, Exhibition and Recruitment areas specifically tailored to cater for the public - allowing them access to the latest games and job opportunities in games.

As ever, the three-day Interactive Festival wouldn’t be complete without the cornerstones of conferences, keynotes, panel sessions, debates, games screenings and even more people than ever jostling to get through the doors.

Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008

Edinburgh International Conference Centre

150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EE

UK

Sunday 10th August

Game Screenings

Dare ProtoPlay

Public games area and retail site

Monday 11th August

EIF Conference

Game Screenings

Dare ProtoPlay

Public games area and retail site

Conference Networking event

Tuesday 12th August

EIF Conference

Game Screenings

Dare ProtoPlay

Public games area and retail site

Digital Interactive Symposium

Edinburgh Interactive Festival will also play host to the Digital Interactive Symposium, the games event aimed at academics and games industry professionals. It takes place on the afternoon of Tuesday12th August.

Registration is open now at www.edinburghinteractivefestival.com

There is also a Facebook Group in 2008 at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=12251081247

Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008 registration details:

Full delegate pass -£149 (ex VAT)

Scottish based developers and companies -£99 (ex VAT)

Students -£75 (ex VAT)

Delegates can also register for the Digital Interactive Symposium.

You can see more of Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2007 at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=YktZnm_eRlQ

Edinburgh Interactive Festival has also forged a number of key relationships with partners and sponsors that will be announced shortly.

If you are interested in getting involved with Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008– through partnerships, sponsorship, the Friends of the Festival programme or simply to find out more about the commercial opportunities at EIF 2008, please contact Sales and Sponsorship manager, Jodie Holdway: Tel +44 (0) 1462 456780 ; jodie.holdway@bhpr.co.uk. For press information please contact PR Manager, Sarah Hartland: Tel +44 (0) 1462 456780; sarah.hartland@bhpr.co.uk.

Editors’ Note:

EIF08

The Edinburgh Interactive Festival is managed by a committee drawn from all areas of the games industry, including publishers, developers and the two industry trade bodies: The Independent Game Developers Association (TIGA) www.tiga.org and the Entertainment&Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) www.elspa.com.

LostWinds

For more information on LostWinds visit www.frontier.co.uk/games/lostwinds

“LostWinds” is a trademark of Frontier Developments Ltd. All rights reserved.

Frontier Developments Ltd.

Frontier, headed by founder David Braben, co-author of the seminal“Elite”, employs over 170 people in Cambridge, UK, and has an outstanding track record of gameplay innovation, critical acclaim and commercial success.


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