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Play Expo Manchester 2017 - 'set to be the biggest ever'

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Play Expo Manchester is set to light up EventCity on 14 and 15 October. Machinima SBOC/UK now confirmed as returning. The total number of indies confirmed as attending is 35.

Play Expo Manchester is set to light up EventCity on 14 and 15 October. There will be no shortage of content thanks to an array of events, exhibits, personalities and games set up to keep tens of thousands of visitors entertained.

The final roster of additional attractions looks like this:

  • Machinima SBOC/UK - Sponsored by Ultimo Hombre

Machinima SBOC/UK are now confirmed as returning. They will be bringing their live and interactive stage. Everything will be broadcast over Facebook Live and Periscope. There’ll also be prizes given away over the weekend. The Machinima SBOC team team will be on hand for the meet and greets.

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The Machinima stage is being sponsored by Ultimo Hombre, a new name in casual eSports. Ultimo Hombre allows gamers of all ages, skill and ability to participate in eSports for fun at dozens of venues across the UK.

  • First Public UK Hands-On with NBA 2K18 & WWE 2K18

2K Games is also on the list of the confirmed atendees. NBA 2K18 and WWE 2K18 will be playable for the very first time to all attendees exclusively at the Machinima SBOC/UK stage. PlayStation 4 versions of the games will be available, with updated rosters and brand-new game modes.

  • Yak’s Back - Llamasoft's Legend Jeff Minter

Jeff Minter of Llamasoft is set to make a big splash with two titles: Polybius and Tempest 4000. Polybius is fast trance shooter and Tempest 4000 invites players to control their ‘Claw’ ship and destroy deadly creatures.

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  • Lightseekers Mobile Phone Trading Card Game

Augmented reality mobile game with some trading cards sprinkled in will be available to the fans. The game challenges players to unravel the mysteries of Tantos, with the added thrill of being able to connect to one of the Lightseekers smart digital action figures that interacts with you as you play such as offering advice during a battle or lighting up to help you with puzzles.

  • Indie Overload!

The total number of indies confirmed as attending is 35. This will make Play Expo Manchester the biggest ever. Some of the additional Indie highlights include:

  • Filling Station - Nurishment/Team Cooper

An endless runner game. There are points-earning vitamins and score-wrecking retro obstacles.

  • Fragmental - Ruffian Games

A multiplayer twin-stick shooter with "some of the fastest and most frantic gameplay around".

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  • Sociable Soccer - Tower Studios

"Easy to play & hard to master, play online & offline, alone or with friends."

  • Tanglewood - Big Evil Corporation

A 16-bit platforming experience running on SEGA hardware, that will make fans of SEGA's golden era feel all warm and fuzzy.

"We’ve been blown away by the sheer number of amazing events, personalities, exhibitors and games set to take this year’s Play Expo Manchester by storm," beamed Andy Brown, Director for Replay Events. "When the doors open this Saturday 14 October, tens of thousands of visitors will be treated to a show floor teeming with indie and triple-A talent, as well as an electrifying range of tournaments, exhibitor area and live updates thanks to our fantastic partner, Machinima SBOC UK, for the weekend."