Google is known for shutting down and starting projects out of the blue. In the case of Stadia, the company went all out and supported the service for quite some time. The service which was meant to disrupt the whole videogames market suffered due to its own policies. Though the platform is still not doing well, it has overcome many of the issues that the early adopters faced.
The service is currently available in two tiers. The standard bundle is free and offers game streaming up to 1080p 60FPS. On the other hand, the Stadia Pro offers access to multiple titles including games specifically developed for Google Stadia and game streaming up to 4K 60FPS. Google created its internal studios to develop exclusive games for Google Stadia users to tackle the exclusive market created by the game consoles.
According to Kotaku, Google has shut down its game development studios. It has altered its business plan and will now only offer the platform to the game publishers and players. The news did not come as a surprise since Google was already canceling any projects with a release date beyond a specific window in 2021. It is believed that the games that were on the verge of being released may come out eventually.
Google closed down its studios in Montreal and LA, and the closure will affect around 150 developers. Most of these will continue their role within Google in other aspects of the business. However, some executives may lose their positions. Google confirmed that Jay Raymond, one of the founders of the Assassins Creed series will lose his role.
Google Stadia has faced setbacks since its inception, however, the studio shut down is perhaps the biggest one. It is not sure how Google will add new exclusive titles to the service since the company indicated that it can still sign new games.