Written By: Steve Vegvari
Toronto Fan Expo kicked off its celebrations once again on August 31st. The four day event hosted by Fan Expo Canada took place at the Toronto Metro Convention Center. Fans of film, television, comics and of course video games came from far and wide to check out the latest and greatest exhibitors had to show.
Speaking to the video games side of the event, it was interesting to see Ubisoft decline to have their own booth on the show floor. Instead, they gave Xbox their demo of Assassin’s Creed, and HyperX their demo of Far Cry 5 and of course Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle in the Nintendo booth. In years prior, Ubisoft stood alongside Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo.
Instead, we got to see Warner Bros. set up their own booth to showcase three of their upcoming games. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, LEGO Ninjago Movie: The Video Game, and LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2. Warner Bros. also teamed up with WorldGaming to bring the Beat The Pro competition on the Saturday and Sunday of the event. More on the activation here.
Xbox had a plethora of game ranging from AAA titles like Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Forza Motorsport 7 down to ID@Xbox games like Cuphead and The Last Night. Xbox even had Mixer stop by the outside of the convention to stream some games. This was the latest of stops for the Mixer Streaming Rig. Hosts including Matthew Rodina, Patrick Maka, and the gentlemen from Xbox Playdates Canada. Xbox even set up a 15 minute presentation to demonstrate the power of their upcoming console. The Xbox One X presentation helped the audience understand what this console will do for their games and how it will push the boundaries of graphics on a console.
Sony had their booth set up to show off some of their upcoming VR games like Gran Turismo Sport, Moss, and The Inpatient. Other notable titles included Call of Duty: WWII, Detroit: Become Human and Ni No Kuni 2. Select few members of the community could also partake in PlayStation 4’s PlayLink. The Jackbox’s Party game built for PlayStation has anyone with a phone partake in a wide variety of party games.
Nintendo brought their eagerly awaited Mario Odyssey to the show floor and the line never let up. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and Pokken Tournament were playable on the Switch. Former EP Daily host; Shaun Hatton hosted tournaments for Pokken Tournament, ARMS and the invitational tournament for Splatoon 2. There was a heavy focus on showcasing the Switch, but Nintendo’s 3DS got some love as well. Players could try a demo of Metroid: Samsus Returns just before its release later this month.
In the North Building, many talented voice actors congregated to sign autographs and take photos with fans. From Metal Gear Solid fame; David Hayter, Mass Effect’s Jennifer Hale, Rick and Morty co-creator/ creator of Squanchtendo Games’ Justin Roiland, to Nathan Drake himself; Nolan North. It was great to see the reception fans would create to the talent that went into some of the most iconic roles out there and the guests reciprocating the energy.
Back in the South Building, HyperX had set up their booth in partnership with Ubisoft. Players could get a taste of next year’s Far Cry 5 or test their skill in a match of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. It was a great way for players to try out some new hardware for their PC rigs. HyperX had their Alloy FPS keyboard and Cloud Alpha headsets set up in the booth so players could get a taste of their refined power.
Overall, the event offered a wide range of activities and sights for any video game enthusiast. Even if you did not want to play the demos, there was new hardware on display, celebrities of the industry, and even prints to purchase of your favourite franchises. In a blink of an eye Toronto Fan Expo came and went. It will be interesting to see how it evolves even further next year.