Report says The Quarry and High On Life were almost Stadia games

According Newsletter Axios Gaming (opens in a new tab) sources, recently released horror game The Quarry and Justin Roiland’s Squanch Games’ upcoming FPS High On Life were originally developed with help from Google and intended to launch on Stadia. Until Google diverted its attention from game development, that is.

In February 2021, Google announced the closure of its internal Stadia game development studios. Then Stadia’s vice president and chief product officer left, as did several members of the Stadia Games and Entertainment team. What had been promoted as a platform with exclusive features that only Stadia games could use, like how Pixeljunk Raiders used the service’s “play in shared screenshots” feature, became another technology that Google might license so other companies can make better use of it. of this one.

The Career Developer Supermassive Games has been announced as a Stadia partner in 2020, with Supermassive CEO Pete Samuels quoted as saying, “What the team is creating looks amazing and we can’t wait for people to get a glimpse of it later this year.” Nothing more followed, and when The Quarry was announced in March, 2K Games was its publisher. It will be interesting to see if there are a host of games that started out with Google money behind them before they had to find support elsewhere to get it released.

Stadia still offers exclusive games, including Gylt, Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle, and Hello Neighbor spin-off Hello Engineer. Others had periods of exclusivity that are now over, such as the Rhianna Pratchett-written narrative platformer Lost Words: Beyond the Page, and Orcs Must Die! 3.

Perhaps the best thing we can hope to get out of Stadia is that its technology is used to stream demos, like with the Resident Evil Village demo that you can play in your browser. Remember when Bastion Prologue was available as a Chrome app since 2011? We have almost come full circle.

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