(Pocket-lint) - Google has launched a teaser to reveal when it'll hold this year's I/O conference for developers.

The company in past years released a game or puzzle that people could play to learn the conference dates, and this year is no exception. It's going with a space-themed game, called Collaboration of the Cosmos, which makes players collaborate on an intergalactic satellite network. The Google Developers Twitter account unveiled the puzzle on 23 January, with the following caption: “#GoogleIO is coming”.

Here's how Google described the game:

"The intergalactic satellite network powering this signal board is down. Only by working collectively will we restore the signal to reveal a special message for all the galaxy to see. Can we count on you?"

Google's annual event usually takes place over three days in early May. In 2016, it was held from 17 May to 19 May. The year after that it was held on the same days. In 2018, Google moved it up a week to 8 May through 10 May. And last year, Google I/O kicked off 7 May, ending 9 May.  

If you can't figure out the puzzle above, then check out this tweet from CEO Sundar Pichai posted hours after Google posted its teaser game:

That's right. Pichai has already solved it for everyone, revealing Google I/O 2020 will take place from 12 May to 14 May.

Google's conference usually focuses on upcoming software updates and AI advancements, though sometimes we also get a look at new hardware. It will most likely be live-streamed so that consumers around the globe can watch the action unfold themselves, in real time.

Writing by Maggie Tillman.