Stadia devs still working on games shocked to learn shutdown
Developers still hard at work on Google Stadia projects have expressed shock and frustration over the cloud gaming service’s impending shutdown.
Google’s announcement yesterday that it would shut down Stadia completely in January 2023 came as a total surprise, everyone said – even those with upcoming projects slated to arrive in November.
What will happen to these games is no longer clear, as Google has already decided to shut down the Stadia store, making new releases unsellable.
“OH BOY VERY HAPPY TO SEE MORE MONTHS OF MY WORK IN THE GARBAGE,” wrote indie developer Simon Roth, creator of Maia, on Twitter last night. “I LOVE GAME DEVELOPMENT.”
“Whenever something serious happens in games,” he continued, “those affected, whose lives are sometimes turned upside down, learn from the press or Twitter. No emails, d ‘phone calls, no warning, no note on website.’
“I know everyone’s having fun laughing at this, but Stadia had the best development revenue of any streaming service,” said Brandon Sheffield of Necrosoft Games. wrote. “Launching Hyper Gunsport there was going to recoup our development costs. We were launching there in November and now we’re in a much tougher situation.”
I know everyone is having a good time laughing at this, but Stadia had the highest development revenue of any streaming service, and launching Hyper Gunsport there was going to recoup our development costs. We were launching there in November and are now in a much more difficult situation. https://t.co/ZM8MfKrc5A
—brandon sheffield (@necrosofty) September 29, 2022
“Tangle Tower was scheduled to launch on Stadia in two days, and this post is the first I’ve heard of it being shut down.” wrote developer Tom Vian.
“We have a title coming out on November 1st” wrote Rebecca Heineman, developer of Bard’s Tale 3. “Now we hear about it.”
“Oh my God,” wrote More Mike Rose robots. “We have a game coming to Stadia in November. Who wants to guess that Google will refuse to pay us the money they owe us for it.”
We’ll update if we hear more from these developers about their future plans – and if there are other ways for fans to support them.
Earlier today, we reported on Cyberpunk 2077 fans trying to get their saves transferred to the cloud for use elsewhere.