SXSW Gaming Expo

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This year, The Art Institutes sponsored the Student Showcase at SXSW Gaming.



That means attendees scored a firsthand glimpse of games you’ll be playing in the weeks, months, even years to come. Of course, a taste of what’s next happens on our campuses every day. In fact, From Ashes —an anticipated new game from students at The Art Institute of Phoenix—was available to preview and play at our booth throughout the expo. And now, you can play it, too! Go here to play the game and here to watch the full trailer.

From Ashes: A Champion Rises

Through a SXSW-wide tournament play that drew one of the biggest crowds at the expo, one unexpected player left victorious.



From Ashes is a PvP-focused MOBA for PC that pits brutal gladiators against one another in arena-style battle. Multiplayer gameplay takes place across three modes and is driven by a tight, intuitive control scheme. Players can command one of four playable champions while pursuing map objectives, kill streaks and a spot on global leaderboards.

In addition to the Student Showcase, we were also on the expo floor hosting industry professionals, showing current student work, and student-created games currently in development. Here’s a preview of some of the games that were on display at SXSW Gaming:

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Rooted Deep Within

- developed by students from The Art Institute of San Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston 

This unique, narrative-driven game follows Joseph Jean-Pierre as he uncovers a mystery that spans multiple time periods. Except, Joseph’s enemy isn’t another person—it’s the actual house he’s exploring. The story begins in an old mansion near the Louisiana swamps. To find out what happens next, you'll have to play it for yourself.

Covert Cosmos

- developed by students from The Art Institute of Austin, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston

In space no one can hear you…smuggle? That’s the idea behind this stealth game that puts you in the role of a smuggler who works for a private mining company. Your job is to sneak past fellow miners and security while grabbing as many rare gems and metals as you can. Think you’ve got what it takes to go undetected?

Super Creepy and Rare Encounters (S.C.A.R.E.)

- developed by students from The Art Institute of Austin, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston

Ready for a brand new take on the horror genre? This one-of-a-kind game delivers. Super Creepy and Rare Encounters turns convention on its head by putting players in the role of the haunted house. Your job is to scare off visitors by triggering encounters around the mansion. Check out a preview of the game here.

Retro Ride

- developed by students from The Art Institute of Austin, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston

Like the name suggests, Retro Ride is a first-person racing game that harkens back to a bygone era—the art deco style of the 1930s. You assume the role of Massimo as he races around Retro Ride City to pick up loot, outrun the cops, and elude mob bosses who are hot on his tail.