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It’s me again! NANCON Connect took place this week, and you can watch it right now here if you missed it! If not, feel free to keep reading for some highlights.

NACON Connect 2021 showcased some projects gamers have already been looking forward to, such as Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong (Big Bad Wolf), Steelrising (Spiders) and the highly anticipated Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown (KT Racing). It also announced several games still under development: Ad Infinitum (Hekate), Clash: Artifacts of Chaos (Ace Team) and RoboCop: Rogue City (Teyon).
 
The NACON and RIG accessory teams were obviously there as well. They gave an exclusive first look at a range of new products that owners of Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC and PlayStation®5 will love.
 
Through 20 trailers and brand-new content, along with appearances from special guests like Sébastien Loeb (WRC 10), The Bloody Beetroots (RiMS Racing) and professional skateboarder Daewon Song (Session.), NACON presented a catalogue offering an unprecedented variety of experiences from a video game publisher.
 
By placing gamers at the core of its strategy, NACON is aiming to delight the most passionate among them. Whether they are fans of racing, sport, roguelikes, action-adventure or simulators, this new edition of NACON Connect provides plenty of excitement.

Descend into the darkness of Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong
 
Galeb, one of the three playable characters in Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong (Big Bad Wolf), is a 300-year-old vampire. Just and unsentimental, Galeb plays a central role in the events that are impacting the Camarilla, the secret society that most vampires belong to. Watch the video.

Return to Middle-earth with The Lord of the Rings™: Gollum™
 
Daedalic Entertainment has unveiled a new developer’s interview for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum during which Producer Harald Riegler introduces characters and environments Gollum encounters on his journey. In this stealth-action adventure, players take on the role of the iconic character to win back his Precious lost ring. Torn between two personalities, it is up to you to decide whether the darker side of Gollum takes over or if there is a spark of reason left in what once was Sméagol… Watch the video.

Steelrising, an alternate version of the French Revolution
 
Introduced by Jehanne Rousseau, Founder and Creative Director of the development studio Spiders, Steelrising gave us a first look at its combat gameplay, which is a core part of the experience. In this action-adventure game set in an alternate 18th-century Paris, the combat will be challenging and any error in judgement could be fatal. Watch the video.

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown will release 22 September, 2022

There was a gripping new cinematic trailer for Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown, which revealed the setting that the many fans of the iconic franchise will be able to explore: Hong Kong. An interview with Amaury Beyris and Alain Jarniou, Game Director and Creative Director at KT Racing respectively, revealed more details about some of the game’s features. Watch the video.

NACON revisits the “life simulator” genre with the LIFE range

The LIFE range of games offers new experiences for simulation fans. Watch the video.

  • Chef Life: A Restaurant Simulator (Cyanide) puts you at the head of a restaurant, which you need to manage from top to bottom, from supplying the kitchen to serving tables.
  • Hotel Life: A Resort Simulator (RingZero) is a hotel simulator that takes you behind the scenes of an idyllic holiday destination. 
  • In Train Life: A Railway Simulator (Simteract), you drive trains, including iconic ones, and for the first time in a simulator in this genre, you also manage the development of your company. Train Life: A Railway Simulator will be available in early access on 15 July.

Yannick Allaert, Head of Accessories at NACON, revisited some of this year’s highlights. He also unveiled some new projects currently under development, including new official accessories for Xbox and PlayStation®5 consoles. Watch the video.

Tech Highlights

It’s not just games that were a spotlight of NACONConnect!

  • NACON MG-X Series for smartphones – Designed for Xbox

The MG-X and MG-X PRO smartphone controllers have been specially designed to provide the ultimate experience for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. The MG-X series is compatible with all Android smartphones up to 6.7 inches and will arrive in Europe and North America in fall 2021.

  • NACON Revolution X Pro Controller – Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One & PC

The Revolution X premium controller benefits from NACON’s extensive expertise in terms of features, comfort and customisation. On Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC, the Revolution X includes a wide range of manual and software customisation options, as well as Dolby Atmos for Headphones support. Arriving in fall 2021, the Revolution X will offer competitive gamers a new standard in terms of performance. Watch the video.

  • RIG 400 HS & RIG 500 PRO HS GEN 2 Headsets – PlayStation®5

At NACON Connect, the RIG teams were excited to give an exclusive first look at their new audio peripherals for the PlayStation®5. With two new headsets, the RIG 500 PRO HS GEN 2 and RIG 400 HS, PlayStation®5 owners can now enjoy the same unrivalled audio quality and comfort behind RIG’s global success. More details will be shared very soon.

  • RIG 200 HS Stream Mic for PlayStation®5

RIG is adding an officially licensed streaming microphone for PlayStation®5 to its range of products. Currently under development, the RIG 200 HS Steam Mic boasts a metallic finish and technology specifically adapted to recording and streaming voice on PlayStation®5.

  • NACON Daija Arcade Stick for PlayStation®5

To finish, Yannick Allaert and all NACON teams are very proud to announce the forthcoming release of a new officially licensed Daija Arcade Stick for PlayStation®5. Already available for PS4™, this arcade stick, which was developed in collaboration with professional gamer Marie-Laure ‘Kayane’ Norindr, won praise from legions of players for its ergonomics and SANWA components. NACON intends to repeat this success with a new and improved PS5™ version.  

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