The creator of IGF-nominated indie game Dear Esther will headline the next GameCityNights event in Nottingham.

thechineseroom founder Dan Pinchbeck will offer a behind the scenes look at his work, including Dear Esther, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.

Pinchbeck will also discuss the relationship between games academia and development.

Moody mystery game Dear Esther unravelled an 8/10 in Eurogamer's review and scooped our Game of the Week accolade in the process.

Says Pinchbeck: "I'll cover the studio's humble beginnings as a mod team working as part of a research project based at the University of Portsmouth and the philosophy behind the studio's work, and how this led to this year's cult indie hit, Dear Esther.

"I'm also excited to introduce the studio's two current projects: Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, an open-world purestory game that takes Dear Esther's explorations of storytelling and gameplay to a new level; and the recently announced Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, a sequel to Frictional Games' indie horror classic."

Luke Whittaker, developer of IGF finalist Lume, will also speak.

GameCity takes place at Antenna, Beck Street, NG1 1EQ on Thursday, 29th March from 6pm. Tickets on the door are Ł5.

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