Google Reportedly Unfollowed Stadia’s Exclusive ‘Death Stranding’

One of the big problems was against from the leap is the fact that Google has not secured blockbuster exclusivity to the cloud game service, which it will . Sure, everyone can play the games they like Red Dead Redemption 2, Cyberpunk 2077 and Fate 2 on the platform, but all of those are available elsewhere. As it turns out, Google may have turned down the chance to get an exclusive title from one of the biggest names in the gaming space.

Based on At one point, Hideo Kojima was working on a Stadia-only track to launched on PlayStation in 2019 and later on PC. Death Stranding there are some asynchronous multiplayer elements. For example, other players can use ladders, lines, and other items that you place in the world. However, the next plan was supposed to be an all-player game, which could be the reason why Google canceled the project.

According to the report, Google has boxed the game, which has been described as an episodic horror title, after seeing the first mockups in 2020. Stadia vice president and general manager, Phil Harrison, is said to have made the final decision to kill the project. For what it’s worth, Kojima claims one of his projects was recently cancelled.

Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison speaks during Google's keynote announcing a new video game streaming service called Stadia, an attempt to leverage the company's cloud and network technologies. global data center network, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, US, March 19, 2019. REUTERS / Stephen Lam

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Google is said to have abandoned the project in the belief that there was no longer a market for single-player games. Note, CD Projekt Red that Cyberpunk 2077 (again, released on Stadia) has now sold 20 million copies, less than two years after . By mid-2021, Death Stranding it already has sold over 5 million copies.

The lack of major monopolies wasn’t the only problem that led to Stadia’s downfall. A problematic business model and a doesn’t help and neither does Google for killing his own products mercilessly. While Stadia had great game streaming technology and some die-hard fans, it was never as successful as Google hoped. The company will and refunds on all hardware and software purchases (except Pro subscriptions). Ubisoft is to give those who purchased its games on Stadia access to the PC versions.

News of the fall of Stadia developers, from giants like Fate 2 studio Bungie to indie studios whose titles were supposed to appear at the now-closed Stadia store in the coming weeks. Like Note, it’s not clear if Google has extensive plans to reimburse the studios it uses after launching their game on Stadia. There are concerns about what Stadia’s closure would mean for the preservation of the game. Although Google does not secure AAA exclusivity, not available elsewhere.

Detail of a hand holding a Google Stadia video game controller, taken on November 27, 2019. (Photo by Olly Curtis / Future Publishing via Getty Images)

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Meanwhile, some to unlock the Bluetooth functions of the Stadia Controller. The argument is that, if controllers could be easier for people to use on other platforms, it’s less likely that gamepads would become . The controller connects directly to WiFi for Stadia games to minimize latency. You can also connect it to devices with USB-C cable.

As for Kojima, follow the star of the game, Norman Reedus. that Kojima has teamed up with Xbox Game Studios for his next game. That game will be powered by Microsoft’s cloud technology.

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