By anselyou Date: May 15 2013 Views:
The Web giant formally announced Google Play games services at Today's Google I/O 2013! This cross-platform game service allows developers to add achievements, social and public leaderboards, cloud saving, and real-time multiplayer. It works completely on Android, and mostly on iOS or other "connected devices" – that second batch won't support multiplayer.
The backbone of the service is Google+, the company's social networking service. Players will use Google+ circles to compare achievements and invite their Google+ friends to games in progress. The new real-time multiplayer feature is also predicated on using Google+, though it is only available on Android devices.
According to the SDK's documentation, Google Play games services features are available on all mobile devices with an operating system version equal to or higher than Android 2.2 or iOS 5. Any Android users using version 2.2 (Froyo) devices or better merely have to update Google Play services and any titles using the new platform.
A number of titles have already launched with the new games platform, including World of Goo, Triple Town, Modern Combat 4, Kingdom Rush, Eternity Warriors 2, and Super Stickman Golf 2.
The service looks like a strong competitor to Apple's Game Center. It differs from Apple's Game Center in that it offers backend support, rather than a standalone application. Anyone making a game with Google Play has access to its developer services. "We won't make it a mandatory exercise, or have any certification process around it," Google lead product manager Greg Hartrell said, "We create fantastic services that allow developers to create these great game experiences, and help promote their discovery, help retain their users and keep them engaged."