Google Stadia game studio shut down – Google Stadia must therefore do without first-party titles from now on, writes Google’s Phil Harrison on the Google Blog. Harrison is the general manager of Stadia and is therefore responsible for the platform. The man has previously worked at both PlayStation and Xbox. Not only does Google no longer make games itself, it also no longer releases games from other developers.
Google Stadia game studio closed
The term first-party is used to describe games that are made in-house and often exclusive to the platform. For example, the postponed Halo Infinite is a first-party game from Microsoft, Sony has for example Horizon: Forbidden West as an upcoming first-party title and we can expect Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury as first-party content on Nintendo Switch in February.
Google Stadia Games & Entertainment, as the studio was called, was announced in 2019. That happened eight months before the game streaming service was launched. The studio was headed by Jade Raymond. A true veteran of the gaming industry, she has worked on the first Assassin’s Creed games and Watch Dogs, among other things, at Ubisoft. She is also the founder of Ubisoft Toronto and Motive Studios.
At Google, she has made sure that we can play a handful of exclusive titles, including the games Gylt, Orcs Must Die! 3, Submerged: Hidden Depths, and Outcasters.
Google’s gaming division had multiple locations. For example, Shannon Studstill worked at another location, who worked on the popular God of War series, among other things. Studstill is said to be working on exclusive games, but nothing seems to come of it now.
Despite the fact that Google no longer makes games itself, the company will help other developers to get their games on Google Stadia. This is done through the Stadia Makers program, among other things. By closing the studio, Raymond is also leaving Google, while the majority of the current teams will be offered other places within Google.
However, closing the studio does not mean that Stadia will disappear in the short term. Not only will there be some more exclusive games coming out in the coming weeks (almost finished), Google will also continue to focus on delivering third-party titles and pushing cloud gaming in general.