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Google I/O 2014: Google Play Games Getting Quests and Other Updates

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Google Play Games will be getting quite a few new features today that should help developers increase their player engagement. The announcement was made by Google in its annual developers conference, Google I/O 2014.

One of the main highlights that will be introduced is the Game Profiles. It?s kind of similar to Apple?s Game Center but also takes some things from Xbox Live Achievements as well as PlayStation Trophies. This feature allows players to earn points as well as titles so that they can be compared with friends. Levels and accomplishments are also put up for comparison. According to a Google representative, Game Profiles will automatically represent a player?s achievements based on their gameplay. For example, if a player achieves something within a game, they will automatically earn experience points and those points will help them earn different titles in a meta game that spans across all the games that they play.

Another interesting highlight is a new game service called Quests. This new service allows developers to create online, time based objectives within their respective games without having the need to launch an update for their app. The idea of Quests is to have a turn-key service that allows developers to create a sort of live operation event within the game. A Google representative gave an example saying: ?For example, if players participate in a ‘Collect 50 green treasures this weekend’ quest, game services will notify your game of who’s succeeded after it receives ‘green treasures’ events from their gameplay. You can reward successful players for completing a quest, and encourage them to engage more in your game?.

One more interesting highlight is that Google is also introducing a game save type feature that will allow developers to store a player?s game progress. Also, Google?s game network is now part of the Android TV developer preview meaning that players can now play their Android games on a TV with a game controller attached to it.

Android is the most widely spread mobile operating system across the globe. There are more than 1 billion mobile devices ranging from phones to tablets that use Google?s operating system.

Photo Source: Google I/O website

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