Google to shut down Stadia’s game development division
Google today announced that they are completely shutting down Stadia’s game development division. Instead of developing their own games, Stadia will now be used as a platform for other developers to release their games on.
A blog post was written by Phil Harrison, Vice President and GM of Stadia which reads “Creating best-in-class games from the ground up takes many years and significant investment, and the cost is going up exponentially. Given our focus on building on the proven technology of Stadia as well as deepening our business partnerships, we’ve decided that we will not be investing further in bringing exclusive content from our internal development team SG&E, beyond any near-term planned games”
You can continue playing on Stadia
Google says that players can continue playing on Stadia and Stadia’s subscription service- Stadia Pro. Google has also stated that they will continue to bring new titles from third parties to the platform.
“We’re committed to the future of cloud gaming, and will continue to do our part to drive this industry forward. Our goal remains focused on creating the best possible platform for gamers and technology for our partners, bringing these experiences to life for people everywhere.”
Through Stadia, Google once dreamed of having first-party games under their belt but as the game development division has been shut down, Stadia is now a platform like PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S where players can play games.
Google has stated that the team responsible for game development will now take on new roles and Jade Raymond who led the team, has left Google to pursue new opportunities.