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Google Stadia shuts down its developer studios

The company wants to focus on supporting third-party games, so don't expect exclusive past 2021.

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Most of us noticed that Google Stadia didn't exactly take the world by storm, but I still wanted to believe that it laid the foundation for a promising future at first. Well, if that actually happens, it won't be because of many great exclusive games.

Phil Harrison, Vice President and General Manager of Google Stadia, has confirmed the recent rumblings of the company shutting down its internal developer studios in Los Angeles and Montreal lead by extremely talented people such as Assassin's Creed producer Jade Raymond and God of War producer Shannon Studstill. Spencer's reasoning is that they want to put an heavier focus on improving the streaming technology and support third-party teams bringing games to the platform.

We might still see some smaller exclusive games come to fruition this year however, as Spencer's message specifies that we won't see games made by their own studios "beyond any near-term planned games". Time will tell what that means.

It's important to note that Google Stadia as a service isn't shutting down. This just means that the company won't be developing games on its own, which means that future exclusive Stadia games are extremely unlikely.

I wish all of the talented developers that went to Google years ago the very best in finding new, greener pastures.

Google Stadia shuts down its developer studios


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