The Lucca Comics & Games 2022 The convention revealed other additions to the gaming side of the event, including a special concert. Along with having a number of publishers on hand, from Square Enix to Nintendo to Riot Games, the organizers have put together some great bits of programming for people to check out during the event. Including a concert featuring the music of The Witcher 3, a look at Atari’s 50th anniversary, several esports events, and Yoshitaka Amano’s presence. Below we have highlights of some of the new lineup notes straight from the convention, as it takes place October 28-November 1 in Lucca, Italy.
“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Music from the Continent, will take place at the Palazzetto dello Sport and will be conducted by Eímear Noone, conductor and composer of 26 film and video game scores, including World of Warcraft. Eimear is the first woman to conduct at the Academy Awards, and her music has touched more than 100 million people worldwide in 15 years. The pieces will be performed by musicians from the Orchester Giovanile Italiana de Fiesole (the Italian Youth Orchestra), accompanied by the Polish folk metal band Percival Schuttenbach. This is a unique event, produced with the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of CD Projekt Red. In addition to this CD Projekt Red will also host several panels throughout the convention, the first dedicated to Cyberpunk: Edge Runners and a second for Cyberpunk 2077. Participation in these panels will include Yoh Yoshinari (Lead Character Designer), Naoko Tsutsumi (Animation Producer), Ancient Saya (Producer & Creative Supervisor), Bartosz Sztybor (Author of Cyberpunk: Edge Runners), Marthe Weiss (Concept Artist), Miles Tost (Acting Senior Level Designer), Pawel Sasko (Quest Director).”
“The festival will also celebrate 50 years of Atari where the guest of honor Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and named by Newsweek as “one of the 50 men who changed America”. The creator of the first large-scale coin-op (Computer Space), as well as the inventor of pong, will be celebrated through an exhibition in San Franceschetto, a former oratory in Piazza San Francesco. Inside the exhibit area are some of Atari’s rarest coins and many other goodies. Bushnell will be a guest on the opening day of a live Twitch on the festival channel. On October 29, he will participate in the panel “The evolution of video games”. On the 31st, Nolas will talk about his career during “Nolan Bushnell – The Legend of Video Games”, and finally, on November 1, he will be the focus of the “New Horizons” panel discussion on the future of video games.
“Riot Games will return to Lucca Comics & Games, once again choosing the Ex Museo del Fumetto as its base of operations in a project that will place participants as protagonists in a series of activities. This includes the only store merchandise in Europe with Riot Games Merchandise, cosplay inspired by League of Legends and Valorant characters, and a cosplay and make-up workshop on the most famous Riot Games characters in collaboration with MAC Cosmetics. To celebrate its presence at Lucca Comics & Games, Riot Games has commissioned comic book artist Giovanni Timpano to create illustrations dedicated to its most iconic characters immersed in Lucca itself.
“Another very important guest of honor will be Yoshitaka Amanoa Japanese character illustrator and designer, famous both for animated films such as Vampire Hunter D and for signing the award-winning film’s logos and artwork Final Fantasy series. He is the creator of iconic characters in world animation such as gatchaman, Tekkaman: The Space Knightand casshan. Yoshitaka Amano will also be engaged in a series of panels, live performances and town hall meetings, the details of which we will reveal soon. Sony Interactive Entertainment Italia (PlayStation) is returning to Lucca Comics & Games and will be launching a number of activities in Piazza Anfiteatro, with more details to come in the coming days.”
“The Italian Esports Open will return to Lucca at the Esport Cathedral in Piazza San Romano, once again hosted by ProGaming Italia. Key gaming events and tournaments taking place will include Pokemon, League of Legends, Valorantand rocket league. Lucca Comics & Games will also be part of the Medion Erazer European tour, the new gaming PC brand, which will allow players to compete in tournaments organized with the most important titles of the moment, entering the super-tech truck which crosses Europe, which will stop five days in front of the Porta Sant’Anna.”