It was 2013 when Google Play Game Services allowed mobile game developers across to a series of tools that allowed them to put in cross-platform feature like leaderboards, achievements and more for games for Android, the web and of course iOS. Today, according to the statement, Google confirmed that it will be making some surprising changes to those tools, including ending support for its iOS SDK.
Finally, the same confirmation from Google also will end support for its Gifts, Requests, and Quests features on March 31, 2018. Google has although announced that it will be ending support for its Game Play services or GPGS from Apple’s iOS platform. The service available as an app allows users to sync their gameplay, and more across different platforms.
Now that Google Play Games loses iOS support completely, and in a blog post, Google said it ended support for adding new iOS accounts to Google Play Game Services in December, due to what the company claims was the low use of those tools on Apple’s mobile OS. Going forward. it will also no longer update or support the iOS SDK, or will its native SDK release support any integration with iOS.
What appears is that game developers can still add web support for any games made with Google Play Game Services, alongside Android obviously, but the removal of iOS support means the tools are not quite as “cross-platform” as once advertised. Therefore, the company has decided to slowly end support for Gifts, Requests, and Quests features in GPGS. It will officially deactivate them after 31st March 2018, which should give any game developers who use Gifts, Requests and Quests in their totles plenty of time to remove them.
Games that used the Gifts feature allowed players to send in-game items to friends, while Requests allowed gamers to ask others to send them in-game Gifts. While the Quests feature let game developers create new time-based objectives for players in their games without making them available to download an update. Google Play Game Services will nevertheless continue to support features like achievements, leaderboards, multiplayer and sign-in for game titles.
Google says it remains committed to offering game developers “high quality services”, for that “working hard on future GPGS updates”. In order to learn more about the company’s plans for game development and tool updates, hopefully happen in May as part of its 2017 Google I/O conference.
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