This morning, Penny Arcade announced they are moving their next convention online with the official reveal of PAX Online. As we reported yesterday evening, the company canceled PAX Australia over the health concerns of the COVID-19 outbreak that is still happening around the world. But up until now, the company appeared to still be going forward with PAX West in Seattle. This announcement changes all that as they have decided to combine both efforts into one single convention, as West and Australia will now become PAX Online, and will run from September 12-20, 2020. The goal is to bring everyone entertainment and content 24 hours a day for nine straight days. According to their plans, the event will still have "surprising game reveals, hands-on demos, thrilling esports tournaments, a carefully curated selection in the Indie Showcase, as well as new partnerships bringing the virtual show floor to life". Here's a quick quote from today's announcement.
"PAX has always been a community first, from the attendees, panelists, exhibitors, to the incredible Enforcers who keep PAX going all year," said Jerry Holkins, co-founder of PAX. "PAX Online brings that shared experience home, along with game reveals, exclusive hands-on experiences, the chance to hear from and speak with your favorite game developers, plus so much more. Even if we can't all meet in Seattle or Melbourne this year, we look forward to reconnecting with our friends and welcoming everyone to our new home, PAX Online. Technically, you're already there."
For those of you curious about the plans so far, PAX Merchandise will return with designs for letterman jackets, hoodies, and pins. Pre-orders are available now on the official website. Panel submissions are open to submit today and will close July 24th, and any developers that would like to register for the PAX Online Indie Showcase can submit now until July 17th. No word yet on any special attendance badges, but we're guessing most of that has gone out the window since it will all be online. As far as where they'll be broadcasting from Twitch is pretty much a given since that's where they've been for years. But this does open the door to expand to other platforms if new deals are made.