Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan to give D.I.C.E. 2017 Keynote

Plus, lots of virtual and mixed reality presentations from industry leaders, and Nathan Drake leading the awards nominations.


Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan will keynote the 2017 D.I.C.E. summit, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciencies (AIAS) announced today. The event is scheduled to take place February 21-23 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Kaplan's presentation, titled "Overwatch: How Blizzard Created a Hopeful Vision of the Future," will detail how the studio chose to explore a game set on planet Earth. 

Other panels include a mixed reality presentation from Magic Leap's Graeme Devine, a fireside chat about VR featuring Insomniac's Ted Price and Oculus' Jason Rubin, and world-building from Marvel Games' Bill Rosemann. Rubin and Bonnie Ross of 343 had already been previously confirmed as speakers as well. Todd Howard will be inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame.

The event will also host the 20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, with Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Inside leading the pack with 10 and nine nominations, respectively. Game of the Year contenders include Battlefield 1, Inside, Overwatch, Pokemon Go, and Uncharted 4.

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