Google will reveal its upcoming videogame project during this year’s Game Developers Conference. The company issued an invitation to its keynote address, set to take place in San Francisco next month, to select industry figures earlier today.
A screenshot of that invitation was then tweeted out by Kotaku’s Jason Schreier. There’s little to go on apart from a date, time, and location (March 19, at 10:00 PT/18:00 GMT, for the record), but there’s plenty of speculation to be done before then.
Barring leaks in the run-up to that speech, full details are unlikely to come to light until next month. That said, however, we can at least take a decent guess at the kind of thing that the tech giant might be preparing to announce. The most obvious choice is a wider roll-out of its experimental game-streaming platform, which saw those players who tested it receive a free copy of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey when it launched late last year, but it’s also possible that Google has some more announcements up its sleeves.
Beneath his original tweet, Schreier says that he thinks “Google is very serious about building a streaming service that allows people to play high-end games anywhere, including Google Chrome.”
Looks like Google's finally going to show off what it's been doing with all that money it's spending on video games pic.twitter.com/3zAljY1WWh
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) February 19, 2019
He also suggests that the company won’t be announcing a console, but that it would be prepared to put a streaming platform onto third-party platforms.
That’s all educated guesswork, of course, but for now it’d be the safest guess I’d be prepared to make. It’s possible, of course, that Google has been working on developing its own games to accompany its streaming service, but to learn more you’ll need to wait for GDC.