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Portal lead Kim Swift to debut downloadable game at PAX

After 2010's disappointing Dark Void, we'd nearly forgotten that Airtight Games had hired Portal Creative Director Kim Swift to lead development on a "new, unnamed project." Square Enix has rekindled our interest, announcing that it's picked up publishing rights to the game and will reveal the "top-secret joint project" at PAX this Saturday (7pm in the Pegasus Room for those of you in attendance).

The only information we can glean from the announcement is that it's "downloadable" and "an incredibly fascinating and quirky game" so ... take that for what it's worth. Airtight Games' site says that while it's working on another "ambitious AAA title" it's also working on "a new mid-sized game with all kinds of physical possibilities." Physical possibilities, eh? That sounds like the one!

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Exclusive Panel from the Mind behind PORTAL, Kim Swift, to Unveil New Downloadable Game;

"Word to Your Moogle" Tour Embarking for a Second Destination

LOS ANGELES (August 22, 2011) - Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, has announced its lineup for Penny Arcade Expo (PAX Prime), set to take place at the Seattle Washington State Convention & Trade Center from August 26–28.

PAX Prime attendees will be able to preview and play the following Square Enix titles at booth 3646:

DEAD ISLAND™ – In Deep Silver's hotly anticipated action title arriving at retailers September 6, the lush island paradise of Banoi truly is a holiday destination with everything – including a lethal zombie outbreak.
DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION™ – The critically acclaimed and award winning release from Eidos Montréal will be available at North American retailers tomorrow! PAX attendees are invited to experience the game rated at 94 percent by PC Gamer, as well as attend a premier community event.
FINAL FANTASY® XIII-2 – Serah and Noel are desperately searching for Lightning in the next installment from Square Enix's all-star production team.
HEROES OF RUIN™ – The Nintendo 3DS™ becomes the backdrop for a deeply social adventure featuring a band of unlikely heroes.
WAKFU® – Discover the vibrant world of WAKFU, the latest MMORPG from Ankama Studios. With 14 different classes to choose from, in WAKFU, everything depends on you! A new class will be unveiled exclusively for PAX attendees.

In addition to getting hands-on with the games, PAX attendees will be the first to see Square Enix and Airtight Games globally reveal a top-secret joint project through their exclusive panel. Meet the development team, including Creative Director Kim Swift (PORTAL™, Left 4 Dead® 1, Left 4 Dead 2) and the rest of the Airtight Games team, and hear their explanation of how they are bringing an incredibly fascinating and quirky game to life. The panel will be held on Saturday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pegasus Room.

PAX Prime attendees are also invited to take part in community events devoted to DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION and FINAL FANTASY XIII-2:

August 26–28 (All day at booth 3646): FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 "Word to Your Moogle" tour will embark on its second stop at PAX Prime, where fans can enter to win event exclusive prizes. The leaderboard and official contest rules can be found at

Friday, August 26, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.: DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION partners with AMD,, and OnLive® to celebrate the official release of the newest installment of the DEUS EX series! Attendees of the launch party at the Diller Room (1224 First Avenue, Seattle, WA) will be treated to food and drink, a playable AMD Eyefinity three-screen demo station, as well as exclusive swag and premium prizes. More details of the event to be followed.

DEAD ISLAND and DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION are rated M (Mature). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at for more information about ratings.

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