Nottingham, 13/10/10 - GameCity, the World’s best-loved videogames festival, today announced the details of several Crytek events taking place during GameCity5, including a Crysis 2 playable demo, late-night LAN tournaments and the city-wide Crysis Witness competition, all part of the GameCity week. GameCity5 takes place between October 26-30th throughout Nottingham.
In response to overwhelming fan demand, Crytek are once again returning to this year’s festival with a series of events, competitions and hands-on time for the upcoming first-person shooter, Crysis 2, due for release early next year.
From 10am to 6pm, Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th, Crytek will have their own dedicated area within the GameCity Lounge for eager fans to get hands- on time with Crysis 2 before it’s release next year.
Karl Hilton, Managing Director of Crytek UK Ltd said, "Crytek are excited to be actively involved in GameCity for the second year in a row. We are looking forward to making Crysis 2 a big part of the festival and hope all of the Crysis 2 fans out there will get a big buzz from being part of it. Gamecity has a reputation for innovation in the way it celebrates the videogames industry and we are proud to contribute to that innovation."
Following on from the hugely popular experiential events during previous
GameCity festivals, Crysis Witness will see fans chase Crysis 2’s protagonist throughout Nottingham. Eagle-eyed participants who manage to photograph the elusive hero during the week of the festival will be rewarded with a series of prizes and, for those aged 18+, access to an invite only, late night tournament.
The late night event, which will take place within the GameCity Lounge on
Friday 29th from 9pm-12am, will be a chance for winners of Crysis Witness to partake in an exclusive LAN competition within Crysis 2’s multiplayer. The tournament winners will claim a series of fabulous prizes.
GameCity Director Iain Simons said,“We rarely invite people back more than once, though the queues of people waiting to dress up in lycra and get shot with pellet guns last year proves just how important it was to invite Crytek back. Though I can’t promise fans will definitely avoid bodily harm this year.”
The Crytek events, including the Crysis 2 demo, live game Witness and LAN competition are a small number of events taking place during GameCity5, the yearly festival from GameCity that explores and celebrates videogames culture. The Crysis 2 demo and Crysis Witness do not require any pre-registration. The Crysis 2 LAN tournament is invite only.
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