Axios has unveiled a bit of interesting game development scuttlebutt about Supermassive Video games’ The Quarry and Squanch Video games’ upcoming title Excessive on Life: each had been reportedly set to be Google Stadia exclusives.
Excessive-profile video games beginning growth with one publishing or platform accomplice earlier than migrating to a different is pretty widespread happenstance within the online game business. What is not widespread is a serious platform based by one of many world’s largest tech firms abandoning the thought of unique video games barely two yr into its lifespan, leaving such video games to search out new houses.
Stadia and Supermassive’s potential partnership was a previously known story. In 2020, Stadia introduced an unique partnership with Supermassive Video games. Supermassive CEO mentioned on the time that “the options of Stadia actually improve what we see because the values of our video games.”
Axios’ reporting makes it simple to place two and two collectively, implying that The Quarry (which is reviewing very well) was presupposed to be one of many first cloud-exclusive video games.
It is attention-grabbing to look again with hindsight on this temporary second within the Google Stadia technique, and surprise how each video games might have benefitted the platform. The Quarry does not demand high-latency inputs, and the 1 to cheaply and accessibly entry a compelling teen horror recreation from the makers of Till Daybreak may need been a strong anchor level for Stadia.
Conversely, Excessive on Life is a first-person shooter, which might demand extra dependable inputs, however Justin Roiland’s gross-out cult attraction might have drawn in part of the fanbase for TV reveals like Rick & Morty and Photo voltaic Opposites.
Google’s loss is everybody else’s recreation it will appear. Take-Two Interactive will get to have one other critically acclaimed title in its portfolio, and Squanch Video games now has a high-profile launch on conventional online game platforms.
As for Stadia itself, Google is outwardly making an attempt to pivot the platform into being a white-label product for different publishers, letting them supply older video games that may be performed through browser.