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Riccitiello, Takeuchi To Speak At DICE Summit

The AIAS has revealed a number of speakers for next month's 2009 DICE Summit, including Resident Evil 5 producer Jun Takeuchi, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello, Bethesda Studios director Todd Howard, and several other notables.
The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences® (AIAS), organizers of the 2009 DICE (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit, announced several speakers for the event, which takes place from February 18 - 20 in Las Vegas. Resident Evil 5 producer Jun Takeuchi, whose work with Capcom also includes Onimusha 3 and Lost Planet, will give an hour-long talk on the conference's second day. Sony Online Entertainment Austin's (DC Universe Online) creative director Chris Cao will deliver a session "Building Real Worlds from Scratch", afterwards. Following that, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello and EA DICE (Mirror's Edge, Battlefield series) creative director Lars Gustavsson will each deliver a half-hour session. Sony Corp. EU's SVP Michael Denny and SCE London Studios' (Singstar) director Michael Haigh will then discuss "Social Gaming: The European Perspective" with attendees, followed by Acclaim Entertainment creative officer David Perry, who will share his thoughts on the same topic. Additional scheduled speakers for that day include serial inventor Ralph Osterhout, Ensemble Studios senior game designer Bruce Shelley, Electronic Arts CCO Rich Hilleman, Gas Powered Games creative director Chris Taylor, and Capcom marketing VP Mona Hamilton. The next day will have talks by Bethesda Softworks game director Todd Howard, Disney Film and Lucas Film concept artist Harrison Ellenshaw, LucasArts & ILM art director Alex Laurant, NPD Group senior analyst Anita Frazier, GameStop COO J. Paul Raines, and Nintendo of America senior director of Project Development Tom Prata. A Game Journalist Panel moderated by Insomniac Games CEO and president Ted Price is also planned, featuring Newsweek's N'Gai Croal, Spike TV's Geoff Keighley, USA Today's Mike Snider, and New York Times' Seth Schiesel. You can find more information on the event and the scheduled sessions at the DICE Summit's official site.

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