New cross-platform Google Play Games service is official
Are you a gamer? Well! We’ve got very good news that can force you to jump because of happiness, Google has just announced their new Google Play Games service at Google I/O event, this latest gaming platform comes in wild in the form of many new APIs and interesting thing about service is that Google is going to unveil the APIs for iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad) and the web that is great for a better cross-platform gaming experience.
The Google Play Games services do offer a cloud save portion to save your valuable data and keep you updated with it anywhere you are as it enables you to sync game saves on different devices, you can share public leaderboards, achievements, matchmaking, and multiplayer. Google+ social network is supporting the the leaderboards and matchmaking for multiplayer, which means this new service can improve the huge amount of Google+ service users.
Google is already working on Play Games Services with many game developers to give you a better gaming experience such as Miniclip, Glu, Omni, Noodlecake, Gameloft, and more.
So you’re itching to get your hands on the new Google Play services? Well! No you need to wait for a long time as Google is pushing out the Google Play Games services today on all Android devices, this latest service support Android 2.2 or above . We don’t detail about iOS and web as for. But we hope it’ll happen very quickly.
Introducing Google Play game services (May 15th, 2013)
We love to talk about games at Google. Especially the old ones, like Pac-man, Pitfall and Frogger. Since those classics, games have changed a lot. They’ve moved from that clunky box in your living room to the screen that you carry with you in your pocket wherever you go. They’re mobile, they’re social, and they’re an important part of Google Play.
Today, we’re launching Google Play game services, a core part of building a gaming platform for the next generation of games. These services help you make your games more social, with achievements, leaderboards, and multiplayer, as well as more powerful, storing game saves and settings in the cloud. They are available on Android, and many on iOS or any other connected device. By building on Google’s strengths in mobile and cloud services, you can focus on what you’re good at as game developers: creating great gaming experiences for your users.
With game services, you can incorporate:
Achievements that increase engagement and promote different styles of play.
Social and public leaderboards that seamlessly use Google+ circles to track high scores across friends and across the world.
Cloud saves that provide a simple and streamlined storage API to store game saves and settings. Now players never have to replay Level 1 again.
Real-time multiplayer for easy addition of cooperative or competitive game play on Android devices. Using G+ Circles a game can have up to 4 simultaneous friends or auto-matched players in a game session together with support for additional players coming soon.
Several great Android games are already using these new game services, including World of Goo, Super Stickman Golf 2, Beach Buggy Blitz, Kingdom Rush, Eternity Warriors 2, and Osmos.
We’re excited to see what games will do with these new services and experiences, and this is only the beginning. Wait until you get to the boss battle… er.. Check out our developer site to get started: https://developers.google.com/games/
Greg Hartrell, Lead Product Manager