Google is preparing a big push for games on Chrome. My initial thought was that this has something to do with Stadia, but I haven’t found any such connection yet. We are most likely going to see a curated list of web-based games.
The Code – Project “Joy”
Google is working on a set of changes for Chrome under the code name “joy“. Looking at some of the code commits for this project and by tracking code submitted by the same engineer, I found three main things.
- Chrome will add a new page called chrome://games.
- Chrome’s “Top sites” or “explore” page on Android will feature a “Games” section.
- This could be a demo game, but Google is working on a “Snake Game”
Chrome Games Page
You can find the code changes related to the chrome://games page here. I could not find any details about what will be hosted on this page yet. However, on Android, the plan is to add a “Games” section to the “Top Sites” page.
If we think in the same way, the chrome://games page on desktop might be a curated list of games built for the browser.
The Snake Game
This was a big surprise to me. Looking through code commits around project “Joy”, I found this code commit.
When ready, this page will be hosted on chrome://snake, similar to chrome://dino.
Now, here are some images from the upcoming Chrome Snake game:
Update: The following icon is not from the “Snake” game. According to Android Police, this is the icon for Proxx, a web-based game.
PS: I will be keeping a close eye on this new page in the coming days. Subscribe to Chrome Story using your favorite method to stay tuned. I will have a demo of the game as soon as it is available for testing on Chrome Story’s YouTube channel too.