At GDC 2019, Google will host a keynote presentation where it will unveil its vision for “the future of gaming,” which is widely rumored to be a new video game console. While speculation is ongoing, Google has now confirmed some special guests for the event. On Twitter earlier today, the official Google Developers account confirmed that Ubisoft and id Software will be a part of the upcoming event. Amy Hennig, who worked at Uncharted developer Naughty Dog and then at EA, will also be a special guest as well as Crystal Dynamics, the developer of Tomb Raider and Square Enix’s Avengers game. The attendee confirmation follows the announcement that Jade Raymond, who has worked at Ubisoft and EA, has joined Google in a vice presidential role. The fact that Google is working with so many major game studios and industry veterans has many feeling hopeful about whatever it is working on.Whether Google’s big gaming announcement is a console as all of the … [Read more...] about Google Partnering With Ubisoft, id Software on New Game Console?
Developer sessions hosted by Google will take place after its big announcement at GDC 2019 next week. Google will host its GDC 2019 keynote on March 19, and it will be followed by panels featuring Ubisoft, id Software, Amy Hennig, Crystal Dynamics, and more. Doom makers id Software will join the Developer Day session at 12:30pm PT, followed by Ubisoft at 2pm. A panel featuring Star Wars Galaxies designer Ralph Koster, developers from Crystal Dynamics, and Amy Hennig will kick off at 3pm PT. Google said it’ll be unveiling its “vision for the future of gaming” at GDC.” Between the stellar lineup of guests, and the reveal of Project Stream, the game streaming service tested with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, there may be surprises in store. The firm also recently hired former Assassin’s Creed, and EA Motive boss Jade Raymond, who recently left EA. Sounds like something big is cooking. We’ll keep you posted on updates as they come. … [Read more...] about Google Developer Day sessions to feature Ubisoft, id Software, Amy Hennig, more
At Unite Berlin, we announced an alliance with Google Cloud to make it easier for you to create connected games. Since then, we’ve been hard at work! Now, together with Google Cloud, we want to give you an update on what we’ve been collaborating on in this blog post. Creating together We knew from the start that in order to achieve everything we wanted to, we’d have to have a great working relationship. In the last month since we announced our alliance, we’ve actually done quite a bit of collaboration. We spent some quality time with our Google friends by inviting them to Unity’s annual Hackweek as one of our special guests. Check out the short video below, in which Mark Mandel, Google Developer Advocate, describes his Hackweek experience and the project we worked on. It just so happens that Mark also runs Google’s official Google Cloud Platform Podcast, and we found an opportunity for him to do an episode with Brett Bibby, … [Read more...] about Creating together: Unity and Google Cloud – Unity Blog
If you haven’t played Wish Studios' That’s You!, it might come as a surprise to learn that there’s a strong link between this PS4 party game and the films of Wes Anderson. If you have, you’ll know it captures some of Anderson’s gentle surrealism, his eye for symmetry, use of color and his eye for graphic detail. Still, what’s unexpected is that it comes as part of a Sony PlayLink game. In other words, it’s designed to firmly locate the fun between the players in the room and their connected smartphones, where the game delivers the questions to them. The TV simply plays a supporting role, managing the game, collating scores and providing a soundtrack. And yet That’s You! also happens to feature incredibly lushly realized room settings, through which the camera lovingly pans and dollies while you answer quizzes and draw silly pictures. But there’s a good reason why: the devs at Wish Studios … [Read more...] about How a Wes Anderson movie prop maker helped develop That’s You!
Game industry stalwart Phil Harrison announced today that he is joining Google as a vice president and general manager, working from the company’s headquarters in California. Harrison’s resume includes 15 years as head of Sony’s network of game studios, as well as three years as a senior member of Microsoft’s Xbox team. In recent years, he’s served as an adviser and board member to various companies, including Gaikai and Atari. “Excited to be able to share that today I’ve started a new role as Vice President and GM of Google - and relocating (back) to California,” Harrison tweeted today. He was based in California in the late ‘90s, during his stint with Sony. There’s been no official announcement of his joining from Google’s publicity department, suggesting a high level of secrecy about Harrison’s role at the company. But it’s likely to be a meaty, games-related project. Harrison’s field of … [Read more...] about Former PlayStation and Xbox exec Phil Harrison goes to Google