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Thursday, July 21

10:30am PDT

Sea of Thieves: Art of Adventure
The Sea of Thieves team present an exclusive look at the artistry behind this shared-world pirate adventure. Core members of Rare, the acclaimed developer behind hit titles like Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Piñata, and Battletoads, will discuss the studio's life-long fascination with pirates, how they're crafting a rich fantastical world and evolving a timeless genre. Attendees will be privy to key announcements, never-before-seen artwork, and exclusive insights into Rare's most ambitious project yet.

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Room 24ABC

11:45am PDT

Street Fighter Nation
Get an exclusive look at the latest news and updates about this iconic video game franchise. Expect sneak peeks at all the licensed goods and collectibles being developed, updates on the Capcom Pro Tour, and a few surprises as well!

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm PDT
Room 6BCF

1:00pm PDT

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare - Behind the Scenes of the Immersive Narrative
Get a behind-the-scenes look into the bold new world of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Meet Taylor Kurosaki, narrative director at Infinity Ward, and the dynamic cast of actors who will take players on an unforgettable journey as they engage in heroic battles on Earth and beyond our atmosphere. You'll also get an exclusive look at never-before-seen footage from the game. Plus, fans who attend the panel will receive limited edition Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare poster available only at Comic-Con.

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 6BCF

2:15pm PDT

Gears of War 4: Creators, Characters and Cast
Co-creator Rod Fergusson, the cast, and guest panelists present a behind-the-scenes look at Gears of War 4, exploring the characters, and storytelling for the new saga in the acclaimed Gears franchise. They will also have some special announcements and surprises. Moderated by Xbox's Major Nelson.

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm PDT
Room 6BCF

3:30pm PDT

Warcraft: The Road to Legion
A team of Blizzard Entertainment's veteran designers, writers, and artists talk about World of Warcraft: Legion, and the exciting content that will be leading up to its launch. The panelists include Alex Afrasiabi (creative director, World of Warcraft), Chris Robinson (senior art director, World of Warcraft), Matt Samia (senior creative director of brand marketing), and James Waugh (director of story & creative development). The panelists will also take part in a Q&A session, where you can ask all your burning questions about the Burning Legion.

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 6BCF

5:00pm PDT

Video Game Comics: Level Up
With Dark Horse, video game franchises found a foothold in comics. With a line of video game-related comics and deluxe art books, including the bestselling World of Warcraft: Chronicle, the publisher now works with the biggest studios and brands in the business. Dark Horse editor Ian Tucker is joined by representatives from DICE, 343 Studios, Microsoft, Blizzard, and BioWare for news and announcements on all your favorite video game tie-ins!

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room 23ABC

5:00pm PDT

World of Capcom
Calling all Capcom fans! Moderator Matt Dahlgren (Capcom) hosts a panel packed with Capcom team members to present the company's latest and greatest video games. Capcom has been kicking out your favorite games for over three decades, and this panel is the place for fans of all ages to check out the new games they can look forward to.

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room 7AB

6:00pm PDT

Streetpass San Diego: Gaming Communities and Changing with Time
Admins of Streetpass San Diego Adolfo Coronel, Michelle Hernandez, Ben Avecilla, Chris McAtamney, and Jahaziel Aguilera, along with moderator Ian Luckey (Kirby's Dream Band, Patient Corgi), discuss the problems and solutions to keeping gaming communities relevant, focusing on changing with and adapting to the time. Expect talks on the past, present, and even future of gaming communities. There will also be a Q&A for anyone interested in starting their own community or facing issues with expanding or maintaining their local community.

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

6:45pm PDT

Behind The Scenes of Overwatch's Newest Hero
Blizzard developers James Waugh (director of story & creative development), Michael Chu (senior designer, Overwatch), and Arnold Tsang (assistant art director, Overwatch) present a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of developing the art, design, and story for Overwatch's newest hero. Q&A session moderated by Kim Phan (senior manager, esports).

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:45pm - 7:45pm PDT
Room 6A
Friday, July 22

10:15am PDT

Halo Wars 2: Know Your Enemy
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 01:05PM
Join 343 Industries and guests as they reveal the process, the pain and the pleasure of bringing the long awaited sequel to life on PC and console, and the exciting future of the storied franchise. Exclusive video, discussion and surprises await. Moderator Kiki Wolfkill hosts fellow 343 Industries veterans Frank O’Connor, Dan Ayoub and Kevin Grace on the panel, along with special guests Dave Wilson of Blur Studio and Halo newcomer Erika Soto, as they discuss video games, acting and verisimilitude in the Halo universe.

Friday July 22, 2016 10:15am - 11:15pm PDT
Room 6BCF

11:30am PDT

Resident Evil's 20th Anniversary
Two decades have passed since survival horror fans first opened the ominous doors to the zombie-filled mansion. Celebrate this milestone for the iconic survival horror series by hearing from the team at Capcom on what's in store for Resident Evil fans this year.

Friday July 22, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 6BCF

12:30pm PDT

Injustice 2 Sneak Peek
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 11:54AM
Get a Comic-Con International exclusive look at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Injustice 2, the super-powered sequel to the hit game Injustice: Gods Among Us. The newest game in development from the award-winning NetherRealm Studios features the largest roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains ever offered, allowing players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. Battles will take place across arenas that have evolved in scale and span across iconic locations such as Metropolis, Gotham City and Atlantis. Join panelists Ed Boon (creative director, NetherRealm Studios, and co-creator of Mortal Kombat), New York Times best-selling author Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us) and a stellar group of actors - George Newbern (Scandal) as Superman, Phil LaMarr (MadTV, Futurama) as Aquaman, Laura Bailey (Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, LEGO Dimensions) as Supergirl - and possibly some surprise guests as they reveal exciting new gameplay and discuss new features and breakthrough customization aspects that expands on the previous title's larger-than-life showdowns of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Also to be discussed: the bestselling Digital First Comic - Injustice: Gods Among Us. Injustice 2 will be available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One in 2017.

Friday July 22, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 6DE

1:00pm PDT

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Fighting Games 2016
Katsuhiro Harada (TEKKEN series director), Michael Murray (senior producer at Bandai Namco Entertainment), and special guests discuss TEKKEN 7 for arcade, consoles, and PC, including upcoming TEKKEN merchandise, new game updates, and all things TEKKEN related. Also, a special discussion about the 20th anniversary of the Soulcaliber series of games! Moderated by fighting game community leader Mark "MarkMan" Julio.

Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 25ABC

3:00pm PDT

The Art of Video Games
Great graphics can elevate a video game from fun to an artform, but how do artists develop a world setting and characters that will create a powerful connection with the players? Join artists Long Vo (Street Fighter HD Remix), Arnold Tsang (Blizzard Overwatch), and others to learn about the artistry behind video game design.

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 32AB

4:00pm PDT

Gears, Green Screens & Gaming: Behind the Scenes of Your Favorite Video Games
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 04:48PM
Everyone loves to play video games, but how much do you know about the teams of creators who make them come to life? Join us for a behind-the-scenes discussion with collaborators from some of the world’s most popular games. Featured panelists will include VFX artists, motion capture producers, composers, character designers, directors, voice-over actors, and other creative artists who will discuss their work on various games such as Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Revelation Online, World of Warcraft, Overwatch and StarCraft II, Diablo III, Mafia III, ABZU, Star Wars: The Old Republic, ReCore, Metal Gear Solid V, Resident Evil V & IV, Saints Row III, IV & 4.2 and more. Celebrity Moderators: Scott Porter (Hart of Dixie, Friday Night Lights, Scorpion) and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Once Upon a Time, Ugly Betty). Panelists include Austin Wintory (composer - ABZU, Assassin's Creed Syndicate), Neal Acree (composer - Revelation Online, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, StarCraft II), Eric Grimenstein (senior FX artist, Blizzard Animation - Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm), Pete Oswald (production designer - Angry Birds Movie), Vince Argentine (CEO, Mocap Militia - ReCore, Metal Gear Solid 5, Resident Evil 5+6, Saints Row 3, 4, 4.2) and Jesse Harlin (composer - Mafia III, Star Wars: The Old Republic).

Friday July 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 29AB

5:00pm PDT

South Park: Season 20
With South Park's 20th season premiering this September, Comedy Central is kicking off the global celebration here at Comic-Con! The South Park 20 panel will celebrate all 267 episodes (and counting) with moderator Chris Hardwick and guest panelists who are sure to excite! Panelists will discuss the evolution of South Park over the last two decades, take questions from fans and give an exclusive sneak peek of South Park's highly anticipated next-gen video game from Ubisoft, South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Hall H

5:00pm PDT

Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry
Storytelling is entering a new golden age in the computer gaming industry. This panel of insiders share their experiences in creating some of the best-reviewed narrative-driven titles in gaming history. Neal Hallford (Betrayal at Krondor: Remastered), Chris Avellone (Divinity: Original Sin II), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn), John Zuur Platten (Ingress), Geoffrey Thorne (The Librarians), Jean Leggett (Betwixt), and Blair Leggett (StoryStylus) promise an entertaining and informative hour. Moderated by Jana Hallford (Swords & Circuitry: A Designer's Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games).

Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room 9

6:10pm PDT

From Day Job to Dream Job: Making the Transition
UCLA Extension instructors Dallas King (director and genre-filmmaker, U.Z.L.A.), Peter Gend (VFX producer, The Simpsons Movie), Quinton Peeples (feature film and television writer/producer, Netflix/Marvel’s Iron Fist, Hulu’s 11-22-63), Brooks Wachtel (animation series writer, X-Men, Spider-Man), Robert Bryant (video game producer & author, Slay the Dragon: Writing Great Video Games), and moderator Kim Adelman (indie filmmaker, Just Friends) discuss how they transitioned from a practical day job to a professional career in the creative fields of writing, filmmaking, and gaming. Explore best practices for making the transition to your own dream job and get answers to your questions during a Q&A.

Friday July 22, 2016 6:10pm - 7:10pm PDT
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm PDT

Community Video Gaming, Local LAN and Live Events
Local gaming and community leaders discuss the gaming scene in and around San Diego. Find out how you can join in on the fun events, including tournaments and social LAN play, as well as how you can start your own communities in your own area.

Friday July 22, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

7:30pm PDT

Creating Your Own Universe
Len Wein (co-creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine) moderates a panel that will discuss the many ways one might create a universe, whether in comics, novels, gaming, television, film and virtual reality. Panelists include James Lopez (creator, Hullabaloo, an animated Steampunk series), Mark Murphy (co-creator, Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents: Space Odyssey), Peter S. Beagle (author, The Last Unicorn), and representatives from cutting-edge VR companies, including HTC Vive and Samsung GearVR.

Friday July 22, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room 5AB

8:00pm PDT

Mega64 Rogue Two Galactic Civil War Trilogy Reboot
The cast and crew of Mega64 are back in their hometown to blow away all their old high school friends with insane new videos and secret stuff, especially Matt from ASB. That guy better come to this panel and see how panelists Rocco Botte, Derrick Acosta, Shawn Chatfield, and Garrett Hunter have only somehow gotten hotter since back then. And that's not even mentioning Eric Baudour. Get ready, Matt.

Friday July 22, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Room 6DE
Saturday, July 23

10:30am PDT

Deus Ex and Open Bionics: Augmented Future
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 14, 05:02PM
Jonathan Jacques-Belletête (executive art director, Deus Ex universe) and Samantha Payne and Joel Gibbard (COO and CEO Open Bionics) discuss the collaboration between Eidos-Montréal and Open Bionics to create affordable, functional and fashionable 3D-printed prosthetic arms, inspired by the Deus Ex universe.

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Room 8

12:00pm PDT

Career Paths into Game Development
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 09:49AM
As the business of video games now surpasses the annual revenues of both film and music combined, interest in finding a career in the game industry has rapidly increased. But how exactly does one get the knowledge needed and then find a job in this very competitive industry? Learn from seasoned game industry professionals about what it takes to launch a game development career and the many paths into the industry. Chris Avellone (prolific narrative designer), Morgan Romine (Frag Dolls founder and director of initiatives at AnyKey), Martine Spaans (owner of Tamalaki, a mobile game publisher), Kiki Wolfkill (343 Industries) and Peter Alau (business development at Crytek, et. al) engage in a discussion moderated by Kate Edwards (executive director of the International Game Developers Association).

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Room 28DE

12:00pm PDT

Game On: Teach Students to Create Content-Themed Games
Illya Kowalchuk (director of education, Pop Culture Classroom), Adam Kullberg (PCC's education program manager), and Layman Kingsford (Elf Quest Adventure Gam e, HouseBoy, Dog Walker) discuss how teachers can use game design to enhance content retention, as well as strengthen literacy, art, critical thinking, problem solving, research, and cooperation skills.

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

1:30pm PDT

NASA & Angry Birds on a Journey to Mars
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 19, 01:57PM
Rovio, creators of Angry Birds, and NASA talent discuss their collaboration and the millions of people it reached, including those from the generation that will eventually set foot on the Red Planet. Phil Larson (former senior advisor for Space and Innovation at the White House) moderates a panel of NASA's best and brightest, including Kjell Lindren (NASA Johnson Space Center), Bobak Ferdowsi (Mohawk Guy, flight systems engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Rebekah Sosland Siegfriedt (systems engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Jay Falker (early stage portfolio executive, space technology mission directorate NASA), and Ville Heijari (Rovio Games CMO). The panel will include video content and a special preview of the new NASA and Angry Birds short: Rocket Science Show: Next Stop Mars.

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 5AB

2:00pm PDT

Creating Immersive Game Story
As game platforms emerge and evolve, games have even greater potential to tell compelling, immersive stories. Game industry veterans Chris Avellone (Divinity: Original Sin 2, Planescape: Torment), Leah Hoyer (Guild Wars 2, Quantum Break), and Elbert Perez (HTC Vive, Xbox) discuss the strategies for and challenges of making innovative game narrative.

Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 28DE

3:00pm PDT

World of Monster Hunter
Capcom Development Team members share brand new behind-the-scenes info and insights from the recently released Monster Hunter Generations for Nintendo 3DS. The panel will include exclusive new footage and announcements, as well as some special surprises.

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 25ABC

3:30pm PDT

20 Years of Tomb Raider: Lara Croft's Multimedia Empire
In 1996 Lara Croft was unleashed on the world-her story of action, adventure, and intrigue told through a stunning and groundbreaking video game. Throughout the past two decades the Tomb Raider franchise has left a mark on all facets of pop culture and entertainment, from critically acclaimed video games to record-breaking Hollywood movies to bestselling comic series to chart-topping singles. Crystal Dynamics presents a panel that explores Lara Croft's multimedia empire, with top-tier talent who brought her to life in these unique mediums: Camilla Luddington (voice and performance artist for Lara Croft), Noah Hughes (franchise creative director), and Andy Park (comic and concept artist).

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 24ABC

4:30pm PDT

The Road to Pro-Gaming and E-Sports
That passion for playing games 10 hours a day is now a career! Top professional gamers can pull in six figures playing on teams in gaming tournaments to stadium-size crowds. There's also an entire support industry of folks making a living managing teams, producing events, and covering gaming on Twitch and YouTube. ESL creative producer Joshua Gray, FACEIT media VP/ Eleague shoutcast James Bardolph, e-league general manager Christina Alejandre, EchoFox CEO Jace Hall and Raptr CEO (and world's first pro gamer) Dennis Fong discuss the landscape and what's needed to get into and thrive in the industry. Moderated by Fast Company's Susan Karlin.

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 24ABC

5:00pm PDT

Pop Culture Influence: Zombie Video Games
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 19, 02:49PM
Video game development and pop culture come together for a wide ranging discussion on how zombies have invaded our lives through every avenue of entertainment. From movies to TV, books to video games- especially video games! Joining the panel will be the developers of Dead Rising 4 who will unveil an exclusive new video asset from the upcoming Xbox One and Windows 10 PC game, Tomas Harlan (producer), Tim Carter (writer/producer) and Greg Miller (AKA: GameOverGreggy of Kinda Funny).

Saturday July 23, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room 25ABC

6:00pm PDT

How to Get a Job in Video Games
Moderator Francis Mao offers insights into the wide variety of professions available in the video game industry. You'll find out that it's not all programming and digital art, as a panel of industry insiders from various companies share the unique ways that they each got into the video game business, what they do each day, and most important, share suggestions on how you can get into the industry, too. Hear firsthand accounts from prior audience members who applied what they learned at this panel and eventually got into the video game business themselves! Q&A session as well as networking opportunity with panelists after the program.

Saturday July 23, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Room 25ABC

8:00pm PDT

Ready Writer One: How to Write for Video Games
Video game writer Andy Schmidt (Transformers: Devastation) discusses the ins and outs of writing for video games and how it differs from writing prose, comics, and screenplays. Andy's last game, Transformers: Devastation garnered rave reviews and excited fans of all ages of the franchise. And he's here to give you the insider's look at the skills it takes to write for giant media and massive hit properties while learning the step-by-step writing process for video games.

Saturday July 23, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Room 30CDE
Sunday, July 24

11:15am PDT

LEGO Dimensions
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, and The LEGO Group offer Comic-Con attendees a new glimpse inside the ever-expanding realm of LEGO Dimensions. Be among the first to see a new trailer, new characters, and game features in this unparalleled mash-up game experience. Featuring key members of the TT Games development team and voice acting talent. All attendees will receive a limited-edition LEGO Green Arrow minifigure! LEGO Dimensions is now available for PlayStation4 and PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the Wii U system.

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm PDT
Room 6DE

12:30pm PDT

Crackle Dead Rising: Endgame
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Capcom's Dead Rising franchise with a discussion about the recent release of Dead Rising: Endgame from Crackle and Legendary Digital Media. Stars Jesse Metcalfe, Marie Avgeropoulos, Jessica Harmon, and Keegan Connor Tracy will join in a panel discussion, along with director Pat Williams, co-writer and producer Tim Carter, and executive producer Tomas Harlan. Got Zombrex?

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 8

1:45pm PDT

Re-Imagining Reality: Bringing Games into the Real World with Ingress and Pokemon GO
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 22, 10:09PM
John Hanke, founder of Niantic and pioneer of real world gaming, and host Chris Hardwick will discuss the past, present and future of extending games beyond the screen and re-imagining reality through the lens of Ingress and Pokémon GO

Sunday July 24, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm PDT
Hall H

2:30pm PDT

Assassin's Creed Last Descendants Author Matthew J. Kirby
Attention, young adult readers and gamers! Aymar Azaizia (head of content), Andrien Gbinigie (community manager), and Matthew J. Kirby, author of the new young adult series Last Descendants discuss bringing the game to life on the page. Assassin's Creed cosplayers will win contest prizes!

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 23ABC

3:00pm PDT

Pac-Man to Mario: Retro Video Games and Video Game History
Learn about the rich and entertaining history of video games and why you keep going back to playing games that are 20 and 30 years old. A brief overview of the milestones in video game history will be presented: the rise of Atari in the late '70s, the Video Game Crash of 1983, the dominance of Nintendo in the '80s, and so on. Following will be a discussion about the current retro video game boom, seen in the popularity of video game collecting, "retro-style" indie games, and YouTube shows and conventions covering retro video games. Panelists include Pat Contri (author of Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library, Pat the NES Punk), James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd, Cinemassacre), Ian Ferguson (Completely Unnecessary Podcast), Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy), and Dan Eardley (Pixel Dan toy reviews).

Sunday July 24, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 32AB

4:00pm PDT

Geektastic Careers in Video Game Media
Video game media is a growing platform teaming with a plethora of avenues for geektastic careers, including podcasting, journalism, literary writing, broadcasting, video production, and more. Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion, MMORPG), Michael Annetta (Nevermind, Flying Mollusk), Kiri Callaghan (Geek and Sundry Kiriosity), and Aaron Carter (Video Game Bang) divulge the ins and outs for breaking in and producing quality and unique content. Speakers will reveal not only their tips and tricks but also vital dos and don'ts for writing, podcasting, and creating in video game media and how these avenues influence the industry.

Sunday July 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 29AB

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