Tribeca Games Festival Lineup Includes 'God of War,' 'Tomb Raider' Talks

The Tribeca Games Festival returns to New York City for it's second annual appearance during the Tribeca Film Festival this April. Like last year, the festival will feature panels from some of the biggest names in the industry. Here are the panels and events headlining this year's Tribeca Games Festival courtesy of a press release from the organizers:

A Special Preview of Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Friday, April 27, 4 p.m., BMCC Tribeca PAC

Join the creative team behind the critically acclaimed and world-famous Tomb Raider ® franchise, which has sold over 63 million copies globally, as they discuss the evolution of Lara Croft and share in the techniques, tools and inspiration behind the series. Daniel Bisson (Senior Game Director), Noah Hughes (Franchise Creative Director), Jill Murray (Writer), Rich Briggs (Senior Brand Director) and special guest Camilla Luddington (performance artist for Lara Croft) will be on hand for this special event moderated by The Game Awards producer, Geoff Keighley. Panel attendees will be the first to witness an exclusive extended gameplay demo for the upcoming Shadow of the Tomb Raider game, which launches on September 14.

Re-imagining God of War: The Inside Story
Friday, April 27, 6 p.m., BMCC Tribeca PAC

Play the game, then hear the story behind it! Kratos, one of Playstation's most recognizable icons, returns in God of War from Santa Monica Studio and Creative Director Cory Barlog. Now, only days after the game's release, Cory takes players inside the creative process of reimagining the franchise and its Nordic inspirations. This in-depth discussion will, for the first time, reveal untold stories from development and explore the creative decisions that brought God of War to life on PlayStation 4.

Super League Gaming League of Legends Battle of the Boroughs Tournament
Saturday, April 28, iPic Theaters at Fulton Market

Tribeca Games will also partner with Super League Gaming and Super League's New York City Club, the NY Fury, to bring New York City League of Legends fans the first Battle of the Boroughs, an amateur esports tournament which will pit New York's finest players from all five boroughs in a fight for the Tribeca New York championship. Players in and around the NYC area who are level 30 and above may enter online qualifiers beginning on April 14, with top players then competing in a live Finals in-theater.

IBM "Acceleration" Game Jam Creations Available for Play
April 18 - April 29, The Hub

In addition to these events, IBM partners with Tribeca Games for a game jam inviting 15 of New York's top independent game developers to build new games using IBM tools and technology all within 48 hours inspired by the theme "Acceleration". These resulting games will be made available for play during the festival. (The Game Changer: Building Faster, Smarter Games on the Cloud will be the subject of a Tribeca Talk on Saturday April 21, at Tribeca Festival Hub.)

Fans should take note that while The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 18 - 29, the Games Festival only takes place the last two days of the festival. Events are open to the public, but you'll need to get tickets in advance starting March 27. Sign-ups for the League of Legends Battle of the Boroughs are open now.

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