Google Stadia shuts down own game studio

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Stadia Games and Entertainment, Google Stadia’s own internal studio was set to create titles unique to the platform. Google Stadia was first released in late 2019 promised that it would “revolutionize gaming” by allowing users to stream games despite not having a powerful streaming or gaming pc. 

However, the multibillion-dollar tech conglomerate has just announced the abandonment of this project. Two studios located in Los Angeles and Montreal are scheduled to shut down in the near future with the affected developers being promised roles at Google in exchange. The studio has not yet released a game, despite acquiring Typhoon Studios, developer of the Journey to the Savage Planet. 

Google Executive Phil Harrison writes in a blog post, “Given our focus on building on the proven technology of Stadia as well as deepening our business partnerships, we’ve decided that we will not be investing further in bringing exclusive content from our internal development team SG&E, beyond any near-term planned games.”

Despite this setback, Google will continue to run the Stadia gaming service alongside its $10 monthly Stadia Pro Service. How many Stadia exclusive games will be released is still unclear, however, Google has stated that they will sign in new games as well as add in more third-party releases onto the platform.