Newsletter: All Leaks From Game Awards 2018 And Say Goodbye To Google Allo

Newsletter: All Leaks From Game Awards 2018 And Say Goodbye To Google Allo

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.  No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard

2018 THE GAME AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE STORY
The long-awaited Game Awards event is all set to take place today. It’s one of the most privileged awards shows in the industry.

WHAT ARE THE GAME AWARDS?
The Game Awards has reached its 5th season, and it’s held every year in December to honor great achievements in the video game industry. The ceremony aims to bring together all the game developers and players at one platform to indulge in the gaming world. It features premieres of new game titles and gives a sneak preview of games that are set to be released in the future.

In essence, it’s the ‘Oscars of Video Games’. The event will be held today December 6, 2018, at Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles at 5:30 Pacific Time.

HOW TO WATCH THE GAME AWARDS 2018?
The award function is broadcasted globally. You can watch it live on your phone, your TV, your PC or like anywhere. However, the best way is to go to YouTube & click over ‘The Game Awards 2018’. You can also watch the show for free across Twitch, Facebook, Steam, Xbox Live, PSN and all the major digital, gaming and social platforms.

Here are the exact timings to watch the Game Awards 2018: (By Region)

  • Los Angeles: December 6 – 17:30
  • New York: December 6: 20:30
  • Brazil: December 6: 23:30
  • UK: December 7 – 01:30
  • Russia: December 7 – 03:30
  • Japan: December 7 – 10:30
  • Australia: December 7 – 11:30

NOMINEES FOR THE EVENT?
With tons of categories and a plethora of nominees, go through the complete list of Games Awards:

GAME OF THE YEAR
• Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)
• Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
• God of War (SIE Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
• Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
• Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)
• Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

BEST ONGOING GAME

• Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie / Activision)
• Fortnite (Epic Games)
• No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
• Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
• Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)

BEST DEBUT GAME
• Donut County (Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive)
• Florence (Mountains)
• Moss (Polyarc Games)
• The Messenger (Sabotage Studio)
• Yoku’s Island Express (Villa Gorilla)

BEST AR/VR GAME
•Astro Bot: Rescue Mission (SIE Japan Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
•Beat Saber (Beat Games)
•Firewall: Zero Hour (First Contact Entertainment / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
•Moss (Polyarc Games)
•Tetris Effect (Resonair / Enhance Games)

BEST ACTION GAME
• Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch / Activision)
• Dead Cells (Motion Twin)
• Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie / Activision)
• Far Cry 5 (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
• Mega Man 11 (Capcom)

BEST RACING/SPORTS GAME
• FIFA 19 (EA Vancouver / EA Sports)
• Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)
• Mario Tennis Aces (Camelot Software Planning / Nintendo)
• NBA 2K19 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)
• Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 (PES Productions / Konami)

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME
• Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
• Dead Cells (Motion Twin)
• Into the Breach (Subset Games)
• Return of the Obra Dinn (3909 LLC)
• The Messenger (Sabotage Studio)

BEST FIGHTING GAME
• BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (Arc System Works)
• Dragon Ball FighterZ (Arc System Works / Bandai Namco Entertainment)
• Soulcalibur VI (Bandai Namco Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment)
• Street Fighter V Arcade (Dimps / Capcom)

BEST STRATEGY GAME
• The Banner Saga 3 (Stoic Studio / Versus Evil)
• Battletech (Harebrained Schemes / Paradox Interactive)
• Frostpunk (11 bit studios)
• Into the Breach (Subset Games)
• Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Sega CS3 / Sega)

BEST ADVENTURE/ACTION GAME
• Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)
• God of War (SIE Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
• Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
• Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
• Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Eidos Montreal / Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix)

BEST MOBILE GAME
• Donut County (Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive)
• Florence (Mountains)
• Fortnite (Epic Games)
• PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Lightspeed & Quantum / Tencent Games)
• Reigns: Game of Thrones (Nerial / Devolver Digital)

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Other major leaks & announcements from The Game Awards 2018?
More than 10 games will be announced in the Award function. Major game teasers have been shared here. Rumors are:

  • Marvel and Square Enix will be working in partnership for a new game, based on Avengers.
  • Obsidian will be making a huge announcement at the awards.
  • BioWare will be working on the fourth installment in its Dragon Age franchise.
  • Footage leaked of new Harry Potter game.
  • Fortnite 7 season will be arriving soon.
  • Crash Team Racing remaster will get announced at the event.

Several game developers have leaked hints about some big game releases through posting teasers on their social media handles. Although none of the speculations has been confirmed, so everybody will know the truth when the show airs today!

God of War, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 has been nominated for various categories, including Game of The Year. Let’s see who chase the show!

To cast your vote, you can head towards The Game Awards website!

GOOGLE PLANS TO KILL ALLO, ITS SMART MESSAGING SERVICE

THE STORY
Google’s little-famous, but innovative Allo Messaging App will be shut down soon. Most probably in March next year.

WHAT IS ALLO?
Google Allo is one of the company’s short-lived messaging app. It was launched in 2016, equipped with machine learning capabilities to become a Smart Messaging App. It had dozens of stickers, doodles, emojis, and also the smart reply feature (the only thing that will remind people of the app) which lets users respond without typing.

WHAT IS ALLO

WHY GOOGLE IS DOING THIS?
First, we heard that Google Hangouts might be shutting down, and now reports came out that Google is killing it’s ‘Allo’ cross-platform messaging service as well. Though this rumor has been officially confirmed by the company in their recent blog post.

Based on several reports, the dedicated users of Allo were facing numerous issues with the app, also since January it hasn’t seen any update, plus the company has already “paused” making an investment on the service since April.

According to Anil Sabharwal, VP of the Product, “The smart messaging app, Allo had gardened fewer than 50 million users, which is below the ‘level of traction’ that the company had hoped for. Moreover, not enough people have installed the app, so it won’t make a huge difference to discontinue using the messenger.”

He further added, “We’ve learned a lot from Allo, particularly what’s possible when you incorporate machine-learning features, like the Google Assistant, into messaging. Given Messages’ continued momentum, we’ve decided to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages.

WHAT GOOGLE IS AIMING FOR?
After ending Allo’s life entirely, Google will focus its energy on building Messages, the RCs-able app that will add modern functionality to messages on Android smartphones- just similar to Apple’s iMessage. Most of the Allo team will be working on Android Messages, which is currently the company’s major ‘message app’ focus.

Also, Google will be putting much investments on Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet for businesses which will be launched for the users in 2019. Alongside, the company has planned to make major upgradations to its Duo-video chat app.

So, have you used Google Allo? Share your views about the company’s take on shutting down this messaging service!

Mansi Vijay is a content writer with Systweak Software. Being a Mass Communication graduate, her knowledge is not restricted to only Content Writing. She loves to experiment with Software and holds interest in Graphic Designing as well. She enjoys little things in life & in her free time, loves to swing on the beats of music!

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