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Coronavirus Forces Google to Cancel the I/O Developer Conference Scheduled in May

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Google has officially canceled its forthcoming I / O keynote that was supposed to take place from May 12 to May 14 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. This is due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak which has also spread across the United States.

This is the first instance that an I/O would be skipped by Google. Even the Game Developers Conference has been postponed until later this year. Google, through an email to the participants, said that it will cancel the I/O event which involves the physical presence and will come up with a new way through the developer community. They also added that the refunds for this I/O will be given by March 13.

Google delivered the news about the I/O by saying, “Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and following health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre.”

Google has now turned out to be the second major tech company to pull out or cancel a developer event after Facebook did the same last week. Both these companies usually attract a lot of participants for their respective events. Apple too has not announced the dates of their WWDC 2020 but it is expected to take place from June 8 to June 12.

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Apple can still decide on postponing this year’s WWDC due to coronavirus issues, although it would not turn out well if Apple also cancels along with both Google and Facebook. The coronavirus has already forced to cancel many significant events that include the Mobile World Congress as well as the Game Developers Conference.

A huge number of tech events changed to a live-streamed format this year. Apple will also have to use this as an option for its WWDC event if it can’t hold the event in San Jose where it usually does.

More than 90,000 citizens have been diagnosed with COVID-19 so far which has resulted in more than 3,000 deaths, mostly in China. COVID-19 is gradually spreading across the United States and has also confirmed cases near San Francisco.

Elizabeth Kartini, She’s an apple product expert, worked as an Apple Authorized representative and a former physics & mathematics teacher for 2 years. Her experiences help formulated her interest and proficiency in writing as a journalist in the mobile technology industry. [email protected]

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GTA 6 – A Fake Video on the Game Whets the Appetite of the Fans Even More

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  • There’s a countdown that ends on April 1, 2020, showing the time till the announcement on GTA 6.
  • A fake video makes an appearance on March 29, giving the same message with all appearance as if it is from Rockstar.
  • Fans realize the whole thing is a fake exercise and vent their feelings.

As if the expectation levels among the GTA 6 fans were not already high, a new fake video featuring the Weekend song, posted on the streaming platform Twitch, took it to another level before they realized it was not for real. This once again goes to show how desperate the gaming community can get when it comes to GTA 6 and their desire to see it released. Rockstar has not been moved a bit by all this.

Disappointments Galore for the GTA 6 Fans

It all started a few days earlier when it was informed that there will be an important announcement coming from Rockstar on March 25, 2020. However, no announcement came. There is another countdown going on within the Twitch platform with an account GTAVI. This says the countdown is for an announcement. This again led to a volley of comments online before someone pointed out that the countdown ends on April 1. The day is called All Fools Day and a lot of people play pranks that day, basically aimed at fooling a large body of people. To top these came the fake video, also on Twitch. The fact is Rockstar does have an official account on the platform but this was from an unknown profile.

The Fake GTA 6 Announcement Video

This video, posted by one Troydan, has a title, YOOO GTA 6 IS COMING! The video is for just 1 minute but has content for around 50 seconds only. There is the Weekend song in the background and the official Rockstar logo flashes followed by the GTA VI logo. It just says in an all-bold line “2DAYS TILL ANNOUNCEMENT” and that’s it. Does this mean there is some link between the April 1 countdown and this fake video?

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The countdown clock showing 2days, 19hours and 34 minutes appearing on March 29

Fans Let Out Their Dejection Online

Once it struck home that they are being taken for a jolly ride by the prankster, the GTA 6 fans took to all forums available online to vent out their feelings. Some almost cried saying how lies are being circulated. It must be conceded that most of whatever information has so far been posted on the launch announcement has been just speculation. The only piece of information that can be relied upon is the one on the voice actor from Mexico, Jorge Consejo having played “The Mexican” in GTA 6. Even that is neither here nor there since he is said to have done the recording in 2018 and cannot be tied to any immediate launch announcement.

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GTA 6 -New Evidence on the Game Exposed Through a Resume of a Voice Actor

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  • The actor Jorge Consejo from Mexico is the voice actor to have worked on GTA 6.
  • A little embarrassed by the unintended exposure, Consejo has tweeted that he cannot confirm due to NDA.
  • This is one more hint being cited by fans to claim the launch of GTA 6 can be expected anytime.

What is it About the Voice Actor?

Of the many rumors about the GTA 6 gameplay, one is about the South American angle and there may be scenes with Mexican characters. If you go by what you see in Hollywood movies, GTA 6 can have Mexican characters speaking in English with an accent. The Mexican actor Jorge Consejo could have been roped in as a voice actor. In all such cases, there is an NDA or non-disclosure agreement where those involved with the production of the game are not allowed to share any information in public.

In the case of Jorge Consejo, it was due to inadvertence that his resume makes an entry where he claims to have played the role of “The Mexican” in GTA 6. Interestingly, he says the work was done in 2018. This was sufficient to get fans going all out to claim that they have been all the time correct in saying that the game is ready for release and that Rockstar could be coming out with the announcement soon.

An embarrassed Jorge Consejo has then posted a message on his Twitter that due to contract stipulations; he is not in a position to reveal anything on GTA 6 at this stage.

Does it clear the Confusion on the Release Date?

The fact that this voice actor did his work in 2018 does not mean anything since these games are developed over 4-5 years. Though this development does give more way to rumors, there is no definite clue on when the official announcement on GTA 6 and the actual release will happen. The best-educated guess at this juncture would be that if there is confirmation on the release of the Sony PlayStation 5 by the year-end or during the holiday shopping season, Rockstar/ EA may decide to release GTA 6 as well.

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GTA 6 – Fresh Trigger on Launch Date; Activity on Website Noticed

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  • Suddenly, the GTAVI.com website says ‘can’t be reached’.
  • Fans believe that the site is being reworked for GTA 6 since the launch is near.
  • The studio appears to suggest they are working on it but no date yet.

What Roused the Interest This Time?

You can’t stop Grand Theft Auto fans from believing that the game’s sixth edition is still some months away from launch. Their level of optimism is so high that even the slightest of hints is sufficient for them to feel GTA 6 will be out soon. The latest trigger they needed was an innocuous website with the URL GTAIV.com, which is owned by the publisher Take-Two Interactive. This website redirects you to the main Rockstar Games website. At least, it was doing so till recently. Presently, the moment the URL is typed in the browser bar, it says the site can’t be reached. Fans weren’t quite satisfied with this and they dug deeper only to find that the site was updated on March 23, 2020. This is more than the ammunition needed by them to conclude that the site has been pulled down by Rockstar/Take-Two to work on it and upload the GTA 6 information.

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Fans wanting to drive new cars and have more excitement with GTA 6

What Has Been the Stand of Rockstar?

One major disappointment for the fans has been that Rockstar was to have made an important announcement on March 25, 2020. That announcement did not come through. Whether it was the lockdown and the COVID-19 situation that prompted the cancellation of the announcement or for other reasons, it is not known.

If you were to make a dispassionate analysis, the franchise owner Take-Two Interactive has made it clear that from purely the commercial perspective they would want a big bang game release each year. This would ensure increased customer expectations and more revenue. However, in the real world, this is not possible since they rely on the technical team. The games they develop have to provide seamless and perfect experience throughout. This entails a long time in the development stage itself since they seek perfection in their work.

All these point to only one thing as far as the GTA 6 fans are concerned. They may have to hold on for a little more to know if the game’s launch is on the horizon.

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