Title News quickstart

Title News is a mechanism for communicating with your players for patch notes or big events your game may be hosting. It contains a few basic elements:

  • Date
  • Status
  • Title
  • Body
  • Language(s)

Note

The Body element is a string which can contain raw text or JSON.

Requirements

This quickstart builds on information presented in other topics. Please refer to the topic links that follow if you have questions.

Note

You must already have a title default language set to continue with localized title news.

  • Title news can now be localized. For details on working with the default languages in your title and with the preferred languages for your players, please review the Setting Default Languages tutorial. Remember - to continue with localized title news, you must have title default language set accordingly.

PlayFab supports storing localized strings on behalf of game developers, by associating a title and body with a language for a title news entry.

We have added the necessary logic to provide your players with the correct strings for the language they prefer. When the client queries for title news, they will receive different versions of title news, based on the players preferred language. You can add multiple translated versions to a single title news entry.

Creating Title News entries

There are two ways to create Title News entries:

  1. Via Game Manager.
  2. Using the Admin API method AddNews.

Creating title news with Game Manager

To create title news entries with Game Manager:

Navigate to your title -> Content -> Title News -> New Title News as shown in the following image.

Title News

For the purposes of this tutorial, we will assume your title’s default language is English. This means that you must add strings for your default language before you can save the title news.

Adding more languages is as simple as clicking on ADD LANGUAGE, choosing the language you want to add, and then typing in the localized strings. In the previous image, we added Korean strings to our title news entry.

Select the Save Title News button, and your entry will be created.

The timestamp is the time that players will see next to the title news. The timestamp is automatically set to the system date at the moment you select the Save Title News button, but you can also set it manually. After saving the title news page, you'll be redirected back to the page that contains the list of your title news entries.

Creating title news using the PlayFab Admin API

You can create title news by calling AddNews method. Using this Admin API allows you to specify a custom timestamp. News added this way is immediately published. You can then add localized content to the item you just created by calling AddLocalizedNews, with the news ID returned from the AddNews method.

The code example that follows demonstrates this.

void CreateNews() {
    PlayFabAdminAPI.AddNews(new AddNewsRequest {
        Timestamp = new DateTime(2014, 1, 8, 12, 0, 0), // Any date - This one is the founding of PlayFab
        Title = "My Second News",
        Body = "This is my second news post."
    },
    result => Debug.Log("News post added!"),
    error => Debug.LogError(error.GenerateErrorReport()));
}
void CreateNews() {
    PlayFabAdminAPI.AddLocalizedNewsRequest(new AddLocalizedNewsRequest{
                   NewsId = "74623b12-6c80-ee4b-7c3b-58e638aa62bd",
                   Language = "de"
                   Title = " Meine zweite Nachricht",
                   Body = " Dies ist meine zweite Nachricht."
    },
    result => Debug.Log("Localized news post added!"),
    error => Debug.LogError(error.GenerateErrorReport()));
}

Reading title news

The GetTitleNews method makes reading the title news very easy. The method returns all published title news entries and does not return archived and unpublished entries.

  • Calling GetTitleNews from the client API will return the news entries in the preferred language of the player, if the title news item has added localized content in that language, or in the title default language.
  • Calling GetTitleNews from the server API will return the news entries in the title default language.
void ReadTitleNews() {
    PlayFabClientAPI.GetTitleNews(new GetTitleNewsRequest(), result => {
        Debug.Log("Got latest news!");
        // Process news using result.News
    }, error => Debug.LogError(error.GenerateErrorReport()));
}
void ReadTitleNews() {
    PlayFabServerAPI.GetTitleNews(new GetTitleNewsRequest(), result => {
        Debug.Log("Got latest news!");
        // Process news using result.News
    }, error => Debug.LogError(error.GenerateErrorReport()));
}

Updating an existing title news entry

The content of a title news entry can only be modified in Game Manager.

To locate and select the entry you wish to modify in Game Manager:

  • Go to the menu on the left and select Content.
  • Go to your Title News tab.
  • Select Existing Entry.

To make your updates, save them, and optionally add localized versions:

  • Update the Title, Status, or Data for the entry.
  • Select the Save Title News button.
  • If you are updating a title news entry that only has a title and body in a single language, you can now add localized versions of this title news by selecting Add Language.

If you plan to post unpublished entries for a future release, this will be the way you transition them through a published and archived state. Updating title news also lets you fix typos.

Deleting title news

Once an entry is no longer needed, you can delete it in the Game Manager.

Find the entry you wish to modify, then:

  • Navigate to your Title.
  • In your menu on the left, select Content.
  • Go to Title News.
  • Put a check in the checkbox for the Existing Entry.
  • Select the Title News entries you wish to delete and choose X Delete Title News.