With Google’s announcement of Stadia shutting down, a major question arises: what games could we lose?
There weren’t many exclusive games available on the streaming service, but with game preservation continuing to be a hot topic, there are a number of games at risk unless ported to. other platforms.
Yesterday, Google announced the end of Stadia, its cloud-based streaming service. Despite ambitions to create exclusive games, in 2021 its internal studios were closed, leaving third-party developers to supply the games.
Here are the games now at risk from Stadia’s shutdown.
Pixel Junk Raiders
It’s an addition to the popular PixelJunk series released exclusively for Stadia and uses a feature to jump into the game via other players’ screenshots. We described it as “a colorful roguelike that falls disappointingly flat” in our PixelJunk Raiders review.
Pac-Man mega tunnel battle
There are plenty of other versions of Pac-Man, but this Stadia game was a battle royale take on the classic for up to 64 players, complete with maze invasions and fun bonuses. It followed Super Bomberman R as another Battle Royale exclusive which was later ported to PC and consoles.
Like PixelJunk Raiders, Hello Engineer is a new version of an existing universe – that of the stealth game Hello Neighbor. Here, instead, players build their own racing machines. The game was used to test time-limited demos.
A top-down battle game from Splash Damage, Outcasters never quite managed to become the next Fall Guys. It was supposed to be accessible and fast, but struggled to find a large enough audience.
From Tequila Works, the studio behind The Sexy Brutale, GYLT is a third-person horror shooter featuring a young girl and intriguing, creative combat. We described it as a “truly unsettling light horror” in our GYLT review.
Earlier today, we reported on Cyberpunk 2077 fans trying to get their saves transferred to the cloud for use elsewhere. Others are now calling for the Stadia controller to be updated for wider use.
Stadia developers who are still working on projects have also expressed shock at the news – which they weren’t told in advance.