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Google Play Games Update Coming, Quests and Saved Games in Tow

On Wednesday morning, during the Google I/O keynote, Google revealed a few hotly anticipated features rolling out to Play Games users over the next few weeks.

User-facing improvements include Game Profile, which you can think of as Xbox Gamertags for Android. Points you earn, as well as achievements you unlock from games played, will add to a total which is attached to your profile. 

Quests and saved games are two other notable features coming down the development pipeline. Quests enable developers to create time-based community challenges on the server side of the game, saving the need to issue app updates for the purpose. A huge addition is saved games. Games that take advantage will sync your progress across all of your devices, over the cloud. Cover images and descriptions will represent your progress graphically.

The new version of Play Games will also support Android TV at launch, for what that’s worth.

Look for the updates in the coming weeks.

To see exactly what Google said about Google Play Games during the keynote, skip ahead to the 2:22:00 mark in the video for the details.

Via: Google Developers Blog
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  • Brandon Lang

    Man if only Square would do this with the Final Fantasy games out right now… I’m dreading upgrading to the next Nexus tablet and having to start from scratch

    • Christopher Kroupa

      Exactly this. For this reason alone, I prefer to use emulators to play the early FF games than using the Google play versions.

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  • NYAvsFan

    I game a lot on my tablet and this is very welcome. My N7 completely died a few weeks ago and I lost a ton of progress on games like Angry Birds Star Wars and PVZ2. I have a new N7 but I’m sure as hell not going to replay every one of those levels again.

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      PVZ2 is one that bit me. I had a Ti backup from playing on my old Transformer TF101 and when I try to load it on my Nexus 7 2013 it just starts over from the beginning. There is a game and company that is big enough to have no excuse for not doing cloud saves.

  • trwb

    The android developer blog only has 9 games listed as participating in saved games so far

  • EvanTheGamer

    Gamer Profiles is a major plus! Finally. They should have added that functionality a year ago, but guess they weren’t ready to implement such a big feature to Google Play Games at the time. But ah well, better late than never.

    And Saved Games is pretty big, too. Another feature they should have added along time ago.

    But the one thing that should really be added is the ability to send users apps/games, much like Steam Gifts. Basically the same way. Buy an app/game and send it to whomever, just as long as they’re on your Google Play Games friends list. That would be pretty radical and cool to be able to do that.

  • Pratik Holla

    Whats so speical about saved games? That was introduced last year. I have only seen a few devs implement it.

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      It sounds like it might have some form of actual manual management of your saves, which would be great.

  • Dapke

    Finally! The current “sync progress” option is stop-gap at best, and only good when you’re switching phones. This is a vastly preferred option.

  • gambit07

    You know, saved games is one of the things that has kept me from doing much gaming on Android. I run custom rom’s and switch phones a lot so it’s really frustrating to start a game and then lose everything in a switch. This is a great improvement

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      Doesn’t titanium backup work? I guess it may or may not depending on how a game handles its save files.

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        Yeah, I do the same as Gambit and transfer all my saves with Titanium. But this will make it much less of a PITA.

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          Titanium and my free 50GB on box are a great combination. I have nightly auto backups set up on my devices and it works great. I even use it to sync up certain games between my phone or my tablet if I play on one for a while and then want to continue on the other. But, of course, this would all be moot if they would just implement cloud saves.

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      • BobbyG

        Some games it doesn’t work with

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        Yes, it is all up to the game developer, and unfortunately there are still many good games that haven’t implemented cloud saves.
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