The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has confirmed 11 addition speakers for next month's Vegas-based D.I.C.E. Summit, which will run from Feb 16-18 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Setting the stage during the opening conference keynote will be Penn Jillette, one half of magical duo, Penn and Teller, and his friend, Randy Pitchford, co-founder of Gearbox Software.
Pitchford and Jillette - who are working together on a virtual reality Desert Bus sequel - will kick things off with a presentation entitled "Assumptions and Expectations with Interactivity and Magic."
Rhianna Pratchett, writer, narrative designer, and lead writer for the Tomb Raider reboot, will be taking to the stage to discuss "a career in the narrative trenches."
Joining Pratchett on the Summit stage will be Ubisoft's new IP editorial director, Tommy Francois, who'll be mulling over the ins and outs of engaging open world design.
The new speakers will bolster a strong line-up that already includes Niccolo de Masi, CEO at Glu Mobile; Todd Howard, Bethesda's game director and executive producer; Sid Meier, co-founder and director of creative development at Firaxis Games; and Bruce Shelley, who helped develop the Age of Empires series.
The full speaker list, including all the new additions, is available on the D.I.C.E. website. You can also find out who's in the running at the 19th Annuel D.I.C.E. Awards right here.