Melbourne-based games event organiser Dissecta has announced the first of its 2006 events, which will focus entirely on the introduction of next-generation console platforms.
Dubbed 'The Year of Next Gen', the event will take place on February 21st at the Australian Games Innovation Centre in Melbourne. The event will include a panel discussion and presentations looking at the Xbox 360 console, Live! Marketplace and the latest Xbox 360 software in preparation for the machine's Australian launch.
The Xbox 360 was initially due to reach Australian shores on March 2nd, but Microsoft has since delayed the launch until March 23rd due to the continued component shortages that have plagued the US and EU launches.
Guest speakers will include Chris Mosely, co-founder of game developer Bluetongue and RedTribe, plus Stomp Distribution product manager Chris Wilkes. Attendees will each receive a special show bag which will include a copy of 2004's RPG/RTS title, Spellforce, for PC.
The event will also provide attendees with a platform for information about the Nintendo Revolution and Sony PlayStation 3 consoles, as gamers and developers combine to discuss the transition from current to next-generation console gaming.
Dissecta ran six events last year, covering various locally made games and locally relevant issues, offering the opinions and views of international game developers through pre-recorded interview segments. The February next-gen event is the first of many for 2006, including an as yet undisclosed panel session in March, and a Game Developers Conference focus session in April.