Google Gets Ready For Gaming With GDC Teaser, Jade Raymond Revealed As VP

Google has upped its gaming, um, game, with a new teaser video ahead of the Games Developer Conference (GDC), which takes place in San Francisco on 18-22 March.

The teaser came out yesterday (12 March), and displays a variety of video game-like environments before accelerating to a date: 19 March, the day when Google delivers a keynote at GDC. The subject: its "vision for the future of gaming".

Check out the video below.

Google's been making sizeable waves in recent days, in the games media. News of a patent filing, for a new controller, came out, leading to an amusing mock-up doing the rounds on social media. The illustration in the patent was only meant to show "a fundamental understanding of the disclosed subject matter and the various ways in which it may be practiced".

Which is to say: the Google controller probably won't really look like the below. (And we're sure to see what it really is, on 19 March.)Google Controller from Patent / Credit: Google
Google Controller from Patent / Credit: Google

In further exciting Google-goes-games news, Jade Raymond - formerly of Ubisoft and EA - has revealed that she has joined the company as vice president. Raymond founded Ubisoft Toronto, where she produced the first Assassin's Creed before becoming executive producer for Assassin's Creed II and Bloodlines, and later Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Watch Dogs.

She subsequently moved to EA, setting up Motive Studios (Star Wars: Battlefront II), and was due to join Visceral Games for the production of the then-Amy Hennig-helmed new Star Wars game, only for that project to be shut down.

Many are expecting Google's keynote to confirm the company's plans for a cloud-streaming gaming service, something they trialled in 2018 with Assassin's Creed Odyssey. The controller that we've seen the patent for would seem suited to such play - but there's also the curious rumour doing the rounds of Google working with SEGA to actually manufacture an all-new console.

Sonic Gif
Sonic Gif

Now, we don't doubt that SEGA would want its games on any Google-level project - who wouldn't? But for the company to return to hardware so long after the Dreamcast's demise, back in the spring of 2001, seems incredibly unlikely.

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Featured Image Credit: Google

Mike Diver

Head of Content at GAMINGbible. Ex-editor of VICE Gaming and co-founder of Waypoint. Former writer/consultant for BBC's The Gaming Show. Former contributor to Edge, Eurogamer, Kotaku, PCGamesN, Official PlayStation Magazine, gamesTM. Author of 'Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming' (2016) and 'How to Be a Professional Gamer' (2016). New book, 'Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games', coming in 2019. Contact: [email protected]

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