Google reportedly cancels Stadia-exclusive follow-up for ‘Death Stranding’

Kris Holt
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one of the biggest problems working against It was the fact that Google didn’t secure blockbuster exclusives for its cloud gaming service. . Of course, people Red Dead Redemption 2, cyberpunk 2077 and destiny 2 platform, but all of these are available elsewhere. It looks like Google may have missed a chance to get a special title from one of the biggest names in the gaming world.

According to this At one point, Hideo Kojima was working on a Stadia-only follow-up. Debuting on PlayStation in 2019 and coming to PC later. Deathbender it has some asynchronous multiplayer elements. Other players can use, for example, stairs, paths and other items that you place in the world. However, it was rumored that the planned sequel is a purely single-player game, and this may be the reason why Google canceled the project.

According to the report, Google canned the game, which is described as an episodic horror title, after seeing its first mockups in 2020. Stadia vice president and general manager Phil Harrison is said to have made the final decision to end the project. What’s it worth for Kojima claimed that one of his projects was recently canceled.

Phil Harrison, vice president and general manager of Google, speaks at a Google keynote at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, announcing a new video game streaming service called Stadia that seeks to leverage the company's cloud technology and global network of data centers.  USA, 19 March 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

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Google reportedly abandoned the project in the belief that there was no longer a market for single-player games. Attention, CD Projekt Red He cyberpunk 2077 (again released on Stadia) has now sold 20 million copies, less than two years later . by mid 2021, Deathbender he is a snake Sold over 5 million copies.

Lack of major privileges isn’t the only problem that has led to Stadia’s downfall. a dubious business model and didn’t help and neither did Google for ruthlessly killing their own crops. While Stadia has excellent game streaming tech and some passionate fans, it didn’t turn out as Google had hoped. company and refunding all hardware and software purchases (excluding Pro subscriptions). Ubisoft providing access to the PC versions for those who purchased their games on Stadia.

Stadia’s death news developers from giants like destiny 2 from studio Bungie to indie studios whose titles are expected to hit the now-closed Stadia storefront in the coming weeks. Aspect Notes, it’s unclear whether Google has a broad plan to reimburse studios for their expenses. after launching their games on Stadia. There are also concerns about what Stadia’s shutdown means for game preservation. While Google has not secured AAA privileges, these are not available elsewhere.

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

Future Publishing with Getty Images

Meanwhile, some To unlock the Bluetooth functions of the Stadia Controller. The argument is that if people could use the controller more easily on other platforms, the gamepad would become less likely. . The controller connects directly to WiFi for Stadia games to minimize lag. You can also connect devices via USB-C cable.

As for Kojima, according to the game’s star, Norman Reedus. He said Kojima is working with Xbox Game Studios for his next game. This game will be powered by Microsoft’s cloud technology.

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