Gamers and cosplayers, it's time to dust off those costumes and get caught up on your gaming because the EB Games Expo is coming back to Sydney! For this year's event, the EB Expo will once again be held at Sydney Showground and will take place from September 30 to October 2.
With a few months to go before the curtains are pulled on some of 2016's biggest gaming and technology offerings, we thought we might take a look at some of the things that fans might expect at this year's expo!
To make things a little easier, we've broken this preview down into a gaming and tech-focused section, and a pop-culture focused "Other Attractions" section.
Games & Exhibits
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2: For all those Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Xenoverse fans out there, this one is for you! The first Dragon Ball Xenoverse game made its mark by featuring new characters, settings, and even alternate story elements to the Dragon Ball Z canon, and fans can expect more of the same from Xenoverse 2. Featuring a new city hub, new character customisation choices, and likely a new story, fans should definitely make sure to drop by the Bandai Namco exhibition come September!
The Legend of Zelda: It's been five years since the last Zelda game was released, but if the latest reports are to be believed, gamers can expect the next title in the beloved franchise to drop sometime in 2017! With Nintendo set to show off the newest Zelda game well before September arrives, it's pretty likely that gamers can finally play a demo of this long-awaited Zelda title at this year's EB Games Expo!
Final Fantasy VII Remake: This one is a long shot, but seeing as how Sony are making an appearance at this year's Expo, it could happen! A remake of 1997's seminal classic, this new version of Final Fantasy VII is scheduled for a 2017 release in order to coincide with the original game's 20th anniversary. Whether this game shows up at Sony's exhibit is still up in the air, but if it doesn't, Sony has something else that will catch everyone's eye...
PlayStation VR: The future of gaming is here, and it's in the form of virtual reality! The big showcase of Sony's exhibit at this year's EB Games Expo is the upcoming PlayStation VR headset, and it's a thing of beauty! Gamers will be given the opportunity to immerse themselves into virtual worlds, and experience a whole new dimension of gaming!
Cosplay: From giant onesies, bands of assassins with plastic katanas, and countless obscure anime characters, cosplay is one of the biggest draws of the EB Games Expo! For this year, there's something for every cosplayer out there.
If you're big into cosplay, be sure to enter the Just 'Cos Cosplay Competition for your chance to win some nice prizes. For those who want some tips on how to cosplay like a pro, check out the Cosplay Showcase for insights from some of Australia's finest cosplayers. If you're a little worn out after a full day of pretending to be Luffy or Harley Quinn, be sure to chill out at the Cosplay Lounge!
Zing Pop-Culture Zone: You can't go to the EB Games Expo without getting any awesome merch, but thanks to the Zing Pop Culture store, all your souvenir needs are covered! Be sure to drop by and check out all the stuff from Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh, and many more!
E-Sports: The EB Games Expo may have many things to offer, but for many fans, there's only one thing that they want to do: play games! For all the history buffs, be sure to check out Freeplay City and Retro E-Sport for a journey through the annals of video gaming. If you want to go head-to-head against a bunch of other gamers, definitely drop by E-Sports Alley for a chance to test your skills against the best of the best, and fight for your chance to win some great prizes!
This is just the tip of what's shaping up to be a massive gaming iceberg, and you can expect more announcements as September gets closer! For those who want to get caught up on three days of video games, anime, and cosplay, get your tickets to this year's EB Expo at their website!