Google’s game division has been beavering away in secret for quite a while now and whatever it is it’s going to be revealed next week at GDC. “Gather around as we unveil Google’s vision for the future of gaming at #GDC19” they tweeted, and also released a short video.
I suspect that wording is deliberate, gather round would indicate some sort of social or online type of gameplay. We’re not sure what they are revealing, possibly a new streaming platform as designs for a controller were found a few days ago.
They’ve also been snapping up a lot of talent, that latest being Assassin’s Creed legend Jade Redmond.
I’m excited to finally be able to share that I have joined Google as VP!
— Jade Raymond (@ibjade) March 12, 2019
It will be interesting to see how in the industry reacts to the announcement, obviously Google are a huge company with a lot of money but they’ve had failures in the past with the Facebook rival Google + closing it’s doors recently. Also, just being huge doesn’t mean success, Amazon’s game efforts have been less than spectacular and any attempt to pull players away from the big four – Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Nintendo – have failed, even Valve’s customers shunned Steam Machines.