Develop unveils keynote addresses

Microsoft's Chris Satchell and NCsoft Austin's Richard Garriott confirmed to head up the Brighton-based annual developer conference.

The Develop Conference and Expo is starting to shape up--the Brighton, UK-based event has already announced two of the keynote speakers for this year's July event.

Richard Garriott, creator of the role-playing Ultima series, will be taking on the topic of "The Rapidly Maturing Genre of Online Gaming," in which he will share his vision of the future of massively multiplayer online games and discuss his new MMOG, Tabula Rasa.

Chris Satchell, general manager of the Microsoft XNA group, will address the subject of "Creative Divergence: Surfing the Web 2.0 Community Wave." Satchell will discuss the second coming of the Internet and how sites such as YouTube and MySpace are changing the shape of gaming.

Develop's event director, Andy Lane, commented, "It goes without saying that we're delighted to confirm Chris Satchell and Richard Garriott as two of our keynote speakers. As Brits living and working in the United States, it will be fantastic to see them back on home soil sharing their stories, knowledge and experience with the development community in Europe."

Other confirmed conference sessions include Relentless Software's David Amor on "Making Games for Miyamoto's Wife," "Retro Revisited: Reinventing the Past for the Modern Gamer" from Rare's Nick Burton, and "Studio Brand: Does It Matter?" by Ed Daly from Zoe Mode (formerly Kuju Brighton).

Develop takes place July 24 to 26 in the Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton. The first day, July 24, involves a one-day mobile conference as well as Games:Edu, an event for gaming academia. July 25 and 26 will feature a two-day expo, a conference, and the Develop Industry Excellence Awards.

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Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

I could do without the microsoft exec. Garriot sounds cool though.

AceCometh
AceCometh

Need more and better games for all systems.

GizmoVirus
GizmoVirus

I cant wait to hear what will come out of the XNA talk

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

@Ricksterlau Look at the way Guild Wars is designed, though. They make it easy to play as little as possible, even suggesting you take a break if you've played over 3 hours. And by ArenaNet's own admission, Guild Wars is NOT a MMO. If you hold it to the same standards as the other online RPGs out there, it offers nowhere nearly the same amount of content or things to do. Plus you have to buy a new chapter if you want new content, professions, etc., and new chapter sales support the costs of the game being online for "free." Direct cost versus hidden costs. Don't get me wrong - I love Guild Wars (have all 3 and have GW:EN preordered), but its a different creature than WOW, COH, Vanguard, etc.

lukey9493
lukey9493

only about 10% of a Key note is interesting. all the rest is about how there compony is going. what they predict and numbers and figures

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

The XNA group will probably talk about some great things.. The wave of the future will be dictated by user created games.

MikeKAY
MikeKAY

"Errr... Garriot isn't British, I chose the name Lord British because people at his uni thought he had a british accent, which he didn't..." Eh, dude, Garriot was born in Cambridge, England... He grew up in Texas if I'm not mistaken, but he is definitely British by birth.

ShaizanHgh
ShaizanHgh

Yay for scifi! I cannot express how long I have been waiting for a new mmog that isnt based in the fantasy relm.

Ricksterlau
Ricksterlau

Too many gaming companies are trying to hit the MMORPG branch over the past few years and it's still increasing rapidly. Its just another way to rip gamer's money each month without them realising. That's why I honestly appreciate RPGs such as Guild Wars. And yes, I know, they are both by the same publisher but I doubt that Tabula Rasa is going to be free of subscription.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

I live not far from there. I could go. :P

Tenshin
Tenshin

Is this open to the public? Anyone know? Might visit if yes.

zsc4
zsc4

Well this seems interest...I will be waiting for a proper outcome though....

AtomicEdge
AtomicEdge

Errr... Garriot isn't British, I chose the name Lord British because people at his uni thought he had a british accent, which he didn't...

Zutha
Zutha

Interesting :)

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BannanaWanii

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