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Google has unveiled a teaser hyping up the company's GDC 2019 keynote happening next week, at which the company promises to "unveil Google's vision for the future of gaming."
The teaser trailer doesn't show off much — it flips through a series of locations, from sci-fi spaceships, to a garage, to backstage of a concert stage — as the camera slowly zooms in at each location toward a white light.
Google doesn't offer many details beyond that teaser about what exactly its plans for the gaming future are. The teaser comes with the tagline to "gather around," with a link to a Google Store sign-up teasing "a new way to play." But the company has been recently making inroads into the gaming market, while rumors abound that the company is planning to unveil a potential console or streaming platform at GDC.
Whatever Google is teasing, we'll know when the company hosts its GDC keynote on March 19 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.
Just this past weekend, a mock-up of a Google gaming controller made the rounds, with many believing it to be real — it was, in fact, not. Instead, the renders were based on a Google patent drawing of what a controller could look like.
But despite that, we've seen Google test its streaming capabilities with Project Stream, which last fall let players stream Assassin's Creed Odyssey through their Chrome browser windows.
Earlier in 2018, reports popped up of Google allegedly developing both a gaming streaming service, as well as an actual piece of gaming hardware. At the time, reports suggested that Google had allegedly been approaching major developers to test the waters of interest in such a platform from Google, while an alleged piece of hardware could interface with this reported streaming service.
Google made key hires ahead of those rumors, lending credence to the idea that Google may significantly be investigating in the gaming space. The company hired former Xbox and Sony executive Phil Harrison at the start of 2018.
Stay tuned to IGN for more coverage of Google's GDC keynote and everything else from GDC 2019 next week.
Jonathon Dornbush is IGN's News editor, Beyond! host, and PlayStation lead. Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.