Destiny 2 game director Luke Smith has been selected to keynote PAX West 2017 next month. Event organizers made the announcement this past weekend, indicating that Smith will deliver the ubiquitous “Storytime” address to kick off the event, which begins on September 1st in Seattle, Washington.
Details on what Smith will be discussing aren’t clear as of yet, as his speech could go in a variety of different directions. However, considering he’s been the eyes and ears behind Destiny 2, one of this year’s biggest games, his talk will pull in a ton of attention regardless of its focus. For those unable to attend PAX West 2017 in person, Smith’s Storytime speech is slated to be streamed live so at-home fans can watch as well.
A veteran of the gaming industry, Smith worked as a games journalist with 1UP before landing a position with Bungie at quite the prime time: in 2007, the same year Halo 3 was released. Smith went on to contribute to the first-person perspective shooter Halo: Reach and the online-only multiplayer original that started it all, Destiny. He served as lead designer for the game’s raids before becoming the creative director on The Taken King DLC, which was released in 2015.
Much like Smith’s on-boarding with Bungie, his PAX West speech also comes at an opportune time, just days before Destiny 2 launches for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6. Unfortunately, PC players will have to wait just a bit longer to get their hands on the sequel title, as it’s been confirmed the PC version of Destiny 2 will release in October.
In addition to Smith’s address, a slew of high-profile game panels will take place at PAX West 2017. CD Projekt Red is scheduled to hold an event in honor of an important moment in The Witcher saga, titled “Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The Witcher.” Middle-earth: Shadow of War will also get a spotlight with developer Monolith Productions and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and one Borderlands studio is holding a panel called “Inside Gearbox.” Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Microsoft, and Sony are also expected to attend the show.
Whatever Smith’s speech as in store, and however it ends up panning out, it’s one sure to be remembered among the much-anticipated annual event.
Destiny 2 releases September 6, 2017 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A PC release is scheduled for October 24, 2017.