If you’ve been graced by the luck of the geek gods, you have your admission ticket to the mega convention, San Diego Comic-Con this year. When it was first held, the expo used to be solely focused on comic books, but has since grown to become the most widely anticipated media entertainment event of the year.
The show floor is populated with artists, vendors, and booths occupied by just about every TV and movie studio, comic book publishers, and video game publishers. In different conference rooms and halls, attendees can engage in panels, presented by their favorite studio or publisher.
So for the gamers that will be heading to Comic-Con, here are some of the biggest and hottest booths and destinations you cannot miss:
Without a doubt, the biggest spectacle at Comic-Con will be Ubisoft’s pirate ship, the Jackdaw. Attendees absolutely must pay a visit to their ship, which will be docked at the 5th Avenue Landing behind the San Diego Convention Center.
Within the ship’s three levels, attendees can get hands-on with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’s multiplayer mode. In addition, Todd McFarlane will be on the Jackdaw on July 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and July 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to sign autographs.
On the show floor, Ubisoft will feature a recreation of the City of Chicago, to promote the upcoming game, Watch_Dogs.
Click over to Ubisoft for all the details about their Comic-Con panels, activities and events.
UPDATE: Ubisoft’s pirate ship, the Jackdaw is open to the public (no badge necessary) on Friday and Saturday during Comic-Con.
Microsoft will be bringing their next generation console, the Xbox One to Comic-Con with playable demos of Ryse: Son of Rome, Killer Instinct, and other titles at the Xbox booth on the show floor. We’re still months away from the launch of Xbox One, so getting to actually play these games at Comic-Con is really exciting.
In addition to the booth in the main hall, Xbox is bringing back their Gaming Lounge, located at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. Microsoft promises to bring playable demos of Dead Rising 3, Halo: Spartan Assault, Halo 4 Champions Bundle, along with games from 2K Games, Capcom, Disney Interactive, Konami, Ubisoft and Warner Brothers Interactive.
Click over to MajorNelson.com for full details on these destinations as well as the entire panel lineup hosted by Xbox.
One of the few video game events open to the public (not just Comic-Con badge holders are permitted to attend) is Sega’s Game Cafe. The Game Cafe, to be located at 200 Harbor Drive, Suite 120 in San Diego will offer hands-on demos with unreleased titles such as, Sonic Lost World, Total War: Rome III, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, and Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F.
Head over to Sega’s blog for operating hours and additional details.
There are plenty of reasons to get excited about Nintendo right now, but even more so with some stellar games on the horizon. Nintendo will be at Comic-Con, but as of the publishing of this story, those details are still under wraps.
What we do know is that at E3 earlier this year, Nintendo had a slew of games playable on the show floor, including Pikmin 3, Game & Wario, Wii Party U, and plenty of third party games. In addition, Nintendo had quite a few photobooth stages for attendees to take photos in.
Hopefully Nintendo will give Comic-Con attendees the same amount of vast access.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. will feature some big upcoming games over at the DC booth on the main floor. There will be playable demos for Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate for PlayStation Vita and Scribblenauts Unmasked – A DC Comics Adventure.
In addition, along with signings from DC artists and writers, 5TH Cell Creative Director for Scribblenauts, Jeremiah Slaczka, will doing a signing on Saturday, July 20 at 2-3pm.
Make sure you make the DC booth one of your top priorities to not only grab free comics and meet DC artists and writers, but also to check out WB’s upcoming video games.