The Paris Games Week will be held next Wednesday at the Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles. Between the must-see releases, tests, competitions, and discoveries, the program promises to be packed! So, to know everything about the festivities that await you, France 3 Paris Île-de-France has prepared a list of unmissable events this year.
The Paris Games Week is often an opportunity for visitors to test new games or be present for major esports moments. And this year will be no exception to the rule, as “never before have so many new releases” been playable in France, according to Nicolas Vignolles, the director of the Paris Games Week and general delegate of the union of leisure software publishers (SELL).
First stop at the Ubisoft booth, which will present its new installment of Assassin’s Creed: Assassin’s Creed Mirage and immerse you in the universe of another French exclusive: Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, scheduled for release on January 18, 2024.
Square Enix is also coming back with a flagship franchise, after the remake of Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will offer an alternative story to fans of the universe. “A return to the roots that reconnects with the original gameplay,” according to Nicolas Vignolles.
For console players who are not yet convinced, the Playstation booth will invite you to test Marvel’s Spiderman II, already available for purchase and a sequel to a big success.
Manga fans will not be left out as Bandai comes to the show with a new fighting game: Naruto x Boruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm. Tekken will also be honored with its eighth installment, Tekken 8. And since the Paris Games Week is also an opportunity to discover French know-how, the publisher Focus Entertainment is arriving with a highly anticipated game: Banisher: Ghost of the New Eden.
It was already present last year, but it opens the ball next Tuesday: the Coupe des Etoiles, the first women’s League of Legends competition in France. “Our goal, with Webedia, is to give it maximum optimization,” says the president of the PGW, and for that, it will be broadcast “live on Twitch at 8pm on Webedia and on the Paris Games Week channel.”
Throughout the week, events, esports teams, and your favorite hosts, streamers, and players will take their place on the main stage. Show matches as well as real competitions will come to life in Hall 3 of the exhibition.
Kameto will come and create excitement with some friends, while Zerator and Kenny will compete on the tracks of Track Mania, not to mention Domingo, the presenter of Pop-Corn, who will not hesitate to give his all to introduce you to the replacement of FIFA: FC24. Cosplayers will come to conclude these few days rich in emotions during the Cosplay Championship, to elect the best artists and the most beautiful costumes.
Video games, it cannot be said enough, are not just for children. However, toddlers still have a dedicated area at the Paris Games Week. A peaceful place where they can discover, at their own pace, how a controller and keyboard work with Pat’ Patrouille or Jumanji. A retro gaming section with its arcade machines and retro consoles will offer a nostalgic dive to parents and a leap into the past for new players.