Essentially Europe’s GDC, the UK’s Develop Conference aims to bring as much of the continent’s development community together under one roof as possible, for three days of keynotes, seminars and workshops. This year’s is looking like it’s going to be a particularly big one.
Keynote speeches have been secured from Chris Satchell, General Manager of Microsoft’s XNA Group, and Richard Garriott, Executive Producer at NCSoft. Respectively, the keynotes will cover gaming community development in the Web 2.0 era and the future of online gaming, and head up a packed schedule featuring talks from the likes of Sony, Rare, Bizarre Creations, Lionhead, Crytek and EA, as well as a wide variety of independents and journalists. This year’s themes are, unsurprisingly, Connectivity, Community, Creativity, and Control.
The event takes place in Brighton at the Hilton Metropole hotel over the 24th, 25th and 26th of July, with 2007’s Develop Industry Excellence Awards ceremony being held on the second evening.