Google Play Games To Offer Cross-Platform Multiplayer Support

Google is always trying out new things with its own Android operating system and the games or apps that are running on the platform. And now, keeping up with that trend, Google, as it seems, is aiming to bring cross-platform multiplayer support for Google Play Games.

Apparently, Google's latest plans were derived via a blog post that was posted and later pulled down by the company. The post was about upcoming improvements that are to be made to Google Play Games. The new post also comes ahead of the upcoming Game Developers Conference that's set to be held between March 17 and 21.

Google Play Games To Offer Cross-Platform Multiplayer Support

As far as new features related to the Google Play games are concerned, it has been reported that Google will allow players to send virtual in-game objects to people in their Google+ circles. Apart from that, the Play Games app is also said to support multiplayer invites, while also featuring 18 new game categories, making it easier for users to discover fellow players and new gaming titles.

"Further enhancing Google Play Game services, we're expanding multiplayer to support iOS, bringing turn-based and real-time multiplayer capabilities to both Android and iOS," wrote Greg Hartrell of the Google Play Games team.

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"To further help with cross platform game development, we're updating our Play Games Unity Plug-in to support cross-platform multiplayer services, and introducing an early Play Games C++ SDK to support achievements and leaderboards."

Furthermore, the Google Play Developer Console will be upgraded with a daily dashboard, and that will visualize player and engagement statistics, with other information also available related to daily active users, retention, achievements, leaderboard performance, and more.

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Currently, Google is set to hold a Developer Day at GDC on Tuesday, March 18. It is expected that Google will take this opportunity to discuss about these and more topics in details, with some reports also claiming that gaming possibilities with Google Glass will also be discussed.

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