Game Rant's Comic-Con 2010 Video Game Panel Picks

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Comic-Con 2010 is just ten days away! Glancing at the schedule, there are more than enough options to keep you busy all weekend.

The show starts off strong on Thursday with familiar titles such as Dead Rising 2, Assassins Creed: Brotherhood, and Halo: Reach all on display. Friday follows much in the same vein, as we will see Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Gears of War 3, and Twisted Metal Returns. Saturday, the last day for video games at Comic-Con, might be the day with the most variety to offer, with panels ranging from everybody's favorite dancing studio (MTV Games) to everybody's favorite cartoon mouse (Disney Epic Mickey).

We perused the full schedule for this year's Comic-Con and came up with a list of the video game panels that we are anticipating the most. Be sure to get in line early!


Dead Rising 2- 12:00PM-1:00PM, Room 25ABC

Dead Rising 2, the highly anticipated sequel to Capcom's multi-million-selling zombie action video game is here! Dead Rising 2 executive producers Keiji Inafune and Shinsaku Ohara unveil development stories, provide a live demo of creating new weapons, and reveal other exclusive content. Followed by a Q&A session.

Dead Rising 2

World Premiere of the First Game From 38 Studios- 1:15PM-2:15PM, Room 6A

Be among the first in the world to see the video game debut from Curt Schilling's 38 Studios. Hear from the visionaries who have teamed up to create this highly anticipated RPG and the rich world it is set in, including 38 Studios' executive art director Todd McFarlane (SpawnSpider-Man), executive creator of worlds R. A. Salvatore (Forgotten Realms), lead designer Ken Rolston (Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion), and founder and chairman Curt Schilling. Learn all about this ambitious new project as 38 Studios unveils the name of the game along with the world premiere of the game's first trailer directed by McFarlane. Attendees will also receive a limited-edition poster.

World of Warcraft: Epic Loot- 2:15PM-3:15PM, Room 6BCF

Get your game on outside of Azeroth! A panel of Blizzard Entertainment creative decision makers and licensed partners are on hand for a discussion and unveiling of World of Warcraft-inspired products. In attendance: Chris Metzen, Blizzard Entertainment SVP of creative development; Micky Neilson, Blizzard Entertainment publishing lead; Hank Kanalz, VP/GM of WildStorm and World of Warcraft comic editor; Julian Rignall, Future Plus editorial director of World of Warcraft Official Magazine; Jim Fletcher, DC Direct design director; and Cory Jones, Cryptozoic Entertainment president and chief creative officer. Moderated by Kat Hunter, Blizzard Entertainment licensing project manager and host of BlizzCon coverage on DIRECTV.

Assassins Creed: Behind and Beyond The Brotherhood- 3:30PM-4:30PM, Room 7AB

Key members of the development team from Ubisoft Montreal discuss the next iteration of the critically acclaimed, multi-million-unit-selling franchise Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. Learn about the new Multiplayer mode, a first for Assassin's Creed, and get a preview of new multiplayer characters as they are revealed exclusively at this panel! Go behind the scenes with an in-depth look at the story and art of the Brotherhood and the return of Ezio, now a legendary Master Assassin, as he journeys into Italy's greatest city, Rome, to strike at the heart of the enemy. The session will also go beyond the Brotherhood to discuss the Assassin's Creed universe as a multimedia entertainment experience.

Capcom 2010 and Beyond!- 4:45PM-5:45PM, Room 6BCF

See the latest trailers and get the inside scoop on all of Capcom's most highly anticipated games for 2010 and beyond: Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Sengoku Basara, Okamiden, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Ghost Trick, Dead Rising 2, and more. On top of all that, hear details on an exciting new game announcement by Capcom legend Keiji Inafune, the father of Mega Man!

Halo: Reach- 6:00PM-7:00PM, Room 6BCF

Bungie hosts this discussion around the biggest game of 2010, including an in-person look at the campaign mode and a debut of some exciting Halo: Reachnews.

Halo Reach

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Twisted Metal Returns!- 1:00PM-2:00PM, Room 8

Car combat returns to the PlayStation 3. Meet game directors David Jaffe (God of War) and Scott Campbell (Downhill Domination) as they introduce the demented characters of the new game, share some early looks at the game's twisted end stories, and show concept art of the PS3 Twisted Metal that never was!

Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds- 2:00PM-3:00PM, Room 24ABC

The wait is over! After a decade of demand, Capcom delivers with Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds! Learn all you need to know about the characters, levels, storyline, fight moves, and combos from producer Ryota Niitsuma and special advisor Seth Killian of Capcom, along with TQ Jefferson, director of games at Marvel Entertainment, and Frank Tieri, storywriter for Marvel Comics. Then show off your fighting game skills as audience members are chosen for some spontaneous challenge matches to win exclusive MVC3 prizes, followed by a Q&A session.

Fable III- 4:00PM-5:00PM, Room 9

Journey from a revolutionary to king or queen of Albion and along the way battle enemies far and wide while meeting a hilarious cast of characters. Fable III features a stellar voice cast, including John Cleese in the role of your personal butler, and boasts an Academy Award winner as well.

Gears of War 3- 6:30PM-7:30PM, Room 25ABC

Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski, executive producer Rod Fergusson and New York Times bestselling author Karen Traviss provide the first look at the biggest game of 2011, including a live game demo and key announcements.

Gears of War


MTV Games- 12:30PM-1:30PM, Room 4

Harmonix have revolutionized the world of music video games with groundbreaking titles such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band, bringing virtual rock to your living room. This year, the world's premier music video game company is set to rock the world again with Rock Band 3 and Dance Central, bringing gamers ever closer to the real thing. Join the Harmonix team for a fast-paced panel discussion, insane performances, and some fun surprises!

DC Universe Online:  The Next Legend Is You!- 3:30PM-4:30PM, Room 5AB

Superstars Jim Lee (Batman: Hush) and Mark Hamill (voice of The Joker, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: The Animated Series) join forces with the DC Universe Online development team to reveal the exciting backstory of this action MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) game. Jim, Mark, and key members of the development team from Sony Online Entertainment discuss how an earth-shattering chain of events will make you the key to the salvation or ruin of the DC Universe when the game launches this November. All attendees will receive a DCUO VIP Beta Key!

Disney Epic Mickey- 4:30PM-5:30PM, Room 9

Warren Spector (creative director, Junction Point -- Disney Interactive Studios) and Peter David (award-winning comics writer and author of upcoming Disney Epic Mickey comics) share their insights about bringing the world and characters of the Disney Epic Mickey video game to life in two media -- video games and comic books. Warren and Peter explore "Wasteland," a world of forgotten, retired and rejected creative efforts from the Disney archives, and discuss the joy and challenges associated with writing for Mickey Mouse and his "brother," Walt Disney's first cartoon star, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The panel includes discussion, gameplay demo featuring never-before-seen areas, concept art, previews of comic pages and Q&A.

Epic Mickey

Guild Wars 2:  A New Type of Fantasy MMO- 5:30PM-6:30PM, Room 4

Learn how Guild Wars 2 will set a new standard for what is possible in an MMO game! Key creators, including James Phinney (design director), Jeff Grubb (game designer), Kekai Kotaki (concept art lead), Rich Anderson (concept artist), Kristen Perry (character artist), and Chris Lye (global brand director), examine how the lore, design, and gameplay of Guild Wars 2 has grown from the original game into something revolutionary and take questions from the audience.

Video Game Reveal:  Maxis Studio- 6:00PM-7:00PM, Room 3

Maxis Studio (The Sims and Spore video games) has just announced their next project, a brand new, Sci-Fi Action-RPG based on the DNA of Spore. Join key leads from the dev team, Thomas Vu, Paul Sottosanti and Lauren McHugh, for the first game reveal to the public!


This year's Comic-Con promises to be action packed for all attendees. For those of you following along at home this weekend, Game Rant will have staff on the ground in San Diego to bring you all the news and surprises for San Diego!

Source:  San Diego Comic-Con

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