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Google reportedly cancels Stadia exclusivity following ‘Death Stranding’ | Engadget

One of the main issues pushing back against it was the fact that Google didn’t secure blockbuster exclusivity for the cloud gaming service, which it will. Sure, people were able to play similar things Red Dead Redemption 2, Cyberpunk 2077 and Fate 2 on the platform, but all are available elsewhere. As it turns out, Google may have snubbed the chance to have an exclusive title from one of gaming’s biggest names.

According to at one point Hideo Kojima was working on a sequel just for Stadia which debuted on PlayStation in 2019 and later arrived on PC. Death Stranding has some asynchronous multiplayer elements. For example, other players can use ladders, paths, and other objects you place in the world. However, the planned sequel was said to be a fully single-player game, which may have been the reason why Google canceled the project.

According to the report, Google prepared the game, which was described as an episodic horror title, after seeing the first mockups in 2020. The final decision to kill the project was said to be made by Stadia VP and General Manager Phil Harrison. For what it’s worth, Kojima claimed that one of his projects was recently canceled.

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Google reportedly abandoned the project in the belief that there was no longer a market for single-player games. CD Projekt Red is worth mentioning that Cyberpunk 2077 (which was re-released on Stadia) has now sold 20 million copies, less than two years after his . By mid-2021 Death Stranding alone sold more than 5 million copies.

The lack of big exclusives is far from the only problem that led to Stadia’s downfall. A questionable business model didn’t help, and neither did Google for mercilessly killing its own products. Although Stadia has excellent game streaming technology and some passionate fans, it never took off like Google had hoped. The company will refund all hardware and software purchases (excluding Pro subscriptions). Ubisoft is supposed to give people who bought its games on Stadia access to the PC versions.

News of the demise of Stadia developers, from giants like Fate 2 studio Bungie to indie studios whose titles were expected to hit the now-shuttered Stadia store in the coming weeks. As notes that it’s unclear whether Google has a broad plan to reimburse studios after launching their games on Stadia. There are concerns about what the closure of the Stadia means for the preservation of the game. While Google has not secured AAA exclusivity, they are not available elsewhere.

A close-up of hands holding a Google Stadia game controller taken on November 27, 2019. (Photo by Olly Curtis/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

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Meanwhile, some are said to unlock the Bluetooth functionality of the Stadia controller. The argument is that if people can more easily use the controller on other platforms, the gamepad is less likely to become a . The controller connects directly to Wi-Fi for Stadia games to minimize lag. You can also connect it to devices using a USB-C cable.

Ace for Kojima, , according to the game’s star, Norman Reedus. that Kojima has teamed up with Xbox Game Studios for his next title. This game will be powered by Microsoft’s cloud technology.

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