With the end of Stadia made official by Google, information and rumors are emerging around the streaming platform. The latest puts none other than Hideo Kojima, a strong name in the gaming industry, with a canceled title for the cloud gaming service. The reason: apparently, the work would be a fully single player experience.
After the release of Death Stranding in 2019 (has review on technoblog), Kojima was already planning the next title for his resume. according to 9to5Googlethe game was being worked on as a Stadia exclusive, something that could help the platform take off.
However, the game would have been canceled by the company for focusing on single player gameplay. This modality was apparently seen by Google as something that players were no longer interested in, that is, that the market would end up ignoring.
The sources stated that the work had received the green light and was in the early stages of development. However, in mid-2020, the company decided to cancel the project altogether.
So far, Hideo Kojima hasn’t released any other games after Death Strandingbut he announced that he is working on an Xbox-exclusive title, in a partnership with Microsoft.
As for Stadia… well, the Google will terminate the service and reimburse those who purchased hardware and its digital content.
Other projects also received the ax
Unfortunately, it wasn’t just Hideo Kojima who had a game canceled by the platform. Harmonix, developer of rock bandsigned a contract with Stadia in 2020 to work on exclusive projects for the cloud gaming service.
However, nothing has been released so far, which we can deduce that with the closure of the brand, we will hardly see any fruit from this partnership.
Names like Yu Suzuki, from the franchise Shenmueand Supermassive Games, by until dawnwere also confirmed in contracts for Google.
Like Kojima and Harmonix, they would be part of the company’s second-party releases, alongside the main publisher of system-exclusive titles: Stadia Games & Entertainment.
In the end, the platform failed to remain in the market, guaranteeing a loss that is difficult to imagine for Google. The canceled games are just part of the disappointment, which includes broken promises and competition with better products.