Each Google Stadia Unique That May Disappear Quickly

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Earlier right this moment, Google confirmed that its shutting down Stadia, its short-lived cloud gaming service. Whereas the corporate plans on refunding all software program and {hardware} purchases associated to Stadia, the way forward for the few remaining exclusives on the service is much less clear. And in the event that they don’t get ported to different platforms earlier than Stadia rides into the sundown subsequent yr, they may fully disappear, by no means to be performed once more.

When Google Stadia launched in late 2019, the search engine firm had huge plans, promising unique video games that may make the most of options solely attainable by cloud streaming and off-site computing. Within the years that adopted, Google would cease specializing in Stadia exclusives, even closing down its personal recreation studio within the course of. Nonetheless, a couple of unique video games stay stranded on Stadia. And with right this moment’s sudden information that Stadia is shutting down completely on January 18, 2023, we don’t know what’s going to occur to those video games. In each a blog post asserting the shutdown and a FAQ about the situation, Google didn’t make clear what’s the future for the few remaining Stadia exclusives.

Kotaku has contacted Google about these video games and can replace the put up if it shares any new particulars or plans with us.

By our rely, there are 5 video games that may solely be performed by Google Stadia. Right here’s the record:

Howdy Engineer


Launched in October 2021, that is the latest unique on the record. Hello Engineer is described by the devs as a “multiplayer machinery-building building recreation” and is about in the identical universe as the favored horror recreation, Howdy Neighbor.

PixelJunk Raiders

Q-Video games

It is a poorly reviewed third-person roguelike motion recreation from the oldsters at Q-Games, the identical devs who made The Tomorrow Kids and the opposite PixelJunk video games.) It does have a neat characteristic the place gamers can share a screenshot and others can hop into that recreation state utilizing simply that picture. However the remainder of the sport sounds form of boring.


Splash Injury

Developed by Splash Injury, Outcasters is a top-down online multiplayer combat game that options characters that seem like they fell out of a Fall Guys knock-off. Whereas some gamers had good issues to say about Outcasters, it hasn’t discovered the viewers it wanted, even after going free-to-play, and it seems like lately it’s largely a ghost city.

PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle

Bandai Namco

Launched in 2020, Mega Tunnel Battle combines the basic Pac-Man arcade recreation with a battle royale. As much as 64 gamers can play collectively, competing to be the final Pac-Man standing whereas utilizing a mixture of new and returning power-ups throughout retro-inspired maps.


Tequilla Works

GYLT is a third-person horror recreation starring a younger lady and is taken into account by many Stadia followers to probably be one of the best unique recreation launched on the service. It was developed by Tequilla Works and is about six hours lengthy, full of some first rate soar scares, puzzles and fight. Nothing tremendous particular, however a strong recreation that may hopefully get ported to Steam or Change so extra people can get pleasure from GYLT for years to return.

Whereas a few of these video games aren’t unimaginable and I doubt many individuals would care in the event that they by no means received to play them once more, shedding them would nonetheless be a disgrace. Video game preservation is important if we wish to save this art form’s history and present the way it has advanced and altered over a long time of innovation and new know-how. Dropping these video games to the void, even when a few of them aren’t all that nice, would suck.

Hopefully, the devs and publishers concerned can and can port them to different platforms. If that doesn’t occur, they’ll die ceaselessly when Google kills the Stadia servers, as not even pirates were able to rip and share the games online. A tragic finish to video games that individuals possible spent years engaged on.

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