Today the EAG Expo 2013 took place and with it, some new stuff. AH writer HeavyElectricity (Nick Thorpe) was there to check everything out and he will be providing a larger and more detailed look at what was there soon but until then you can feast on some of these previews:
New game: Dead Heat Riders by Namco. Taking a page from what has been done with the Fast And Furious series, Namco has translated Dead Heat into a motorcycle racing game. Nick suggested through twitter that the game is more of an update as opposed to a sequel, I’m sure he will have more details. One thing I wonder about though is why the marquee’s don’t have the title “Dead Heat Riders” on it – one almost might think the game is called NOS since that is much more prominent on the cabinet than the game name. Otherwise, the cabinet may also remind you of Namco’s Nirin, a more technical racing game that they released a few years back, I wonder how this compares as far as how the physics and features are; one obvious difference is that this has a camera for the NamCam avatar feature. UPDATE: As a clarification, this DOES NOT link up with Dead Heat Street Racing.
Sega had Dream Raiders to show off, as well as the UK debut of Pirates of Monster Island which just so happens to reuse some assets from DR but is a videmption game where you fire a cannon at on-screen objects. They also had displays for their other redemption products as well as products from ICE
Electrocoin had a variety of items to show off, from X-MEN pinball to Wahlap/IGS’s Power Truck to something that is going to challenge Andrenaline Amusement’s Black Out, a pair of games called Push Koong Totem and Push Koong Rocket. From the picture shared on Twitter of these two games, it uses transparent LCD technology just like Black Out although from these pictures it looks like it has improved contrast. No idea who the manufacturer is yet but the Push Koong Rocket looks like the concept behind Tower of Hanoi/Winner’s Ringer but you are trying to build a rocket ship.
Image source on the Push Koong is from InterGame Ltd’s Twitter
UNIS also is at the show, they have some pics up on their Twitter feed. At the moment it looks like the same line-up that they featured at IAAPA so those who couldn’t make it to that show but can to EAG have a chance for some hands-on time with the games. I have not seen After Dark in any of the photos yet but their videmption products like Pirate’s Hook have some prominent attention there.
As mentioned, stay tuned for more details right here on Arcade Heroes!