Things don't seem to be working very well for Stadia, Google's cloud gaming platform. It started out looking bad (especially on PC) and didn’t impress with its selection of games, but things have looked even worse lately: earlier this year it closed its internal studios and fired the head of high-profile studio Jade Raymond, and in April Stadia's vice president and chief product officer, John Justice, along with six other members of the Stadia team, all joined Raymond in their we Haven Studios.
But in an interview with GamesIndustry, marketing leader for developers Nate Ahearn said Stadia is "alive" and plans to launch more than 100 new games on the platform this year.
“We continue to make Stadia a great place to play on devices you already have,” Ahearn said. "I would tell anyone who doesn't believe to take note of how we continue to put our words into action as we grow the Stadia Makers program and collaborate with AAA studios like Capcom, EA, Square Enix, Ubisoft and others."
Stadia is now led by Dov Zimring, who a Google representative described as "a leading leader in product development for both Project Stream and Stadia. He will lead the team toward our goals of creating the best platform." possible for players and technology. for our partners ".
The wheels also turn on Creators of Stadia , which was announced last year as a program aimed at helping independent developers with self – publishing. Despite the loss of Stadia Games and Entertainment and the exclusives it was expected to create, Ahearn said Stadia does not want independent developers to participate in the program to help fill the gap: "The goal of the program is to support its incorporating Stadia as a launch pad for their game, not adding pressure or making anything harder for them, ”he said.
"An outstanding distinction about the creators of Stadia is that, by design, we do not expect any studio to publish their game exclusively on Stadia. Rather, the program is designed to support the studios so that their Unity-based games will be released in Stadia in addition to other platforms. "
Ahearn said independent studios are still enrolling in the program and that Google recently made changes to allow its partner engineering team to "work more closely with developers when needed." Five independent games have already been released for Stadia through the program, and more than 20 others are currently under development.
But while Stadia has been expanding its game library, even with new versions like Resident Evil Village and Outriders, it hasn’t gone quite right either. For example, there are patches for the Stadia version of Outriders backward far behind PC and console updates, and has also had issues with issues such as a bug in Journey to the Savage Planet that took weeks to fix due to the closure of its internal studios. Stadia's latest update was the addition of a search bar, which arrived in late April – well over a year after the platform's launch – and was predictably burla.