Google opted for different creatives and developers, but its formula did not work.
The closure of Google Stadia has not finished being a surprise given that the disappointment in sales is being seen by all. However, the cessation of its service, which means restricting access to the game library and a corresponding refund of all hardware, game and content purchases made through the Google Store, has been a bigger surprise. Also surprising was the unfortunate communication to the platform’s workforce, which almost featured a Death Stranding sequel exclusively.
Google bet so heavily on Stadia to the point of paying developers to bring licenses like Assassin’s Creed. Supermassive Games’ The Quarry was going to be a Stadia exclusive, just like High on Life, but the platform’s disappointing sales put a damper on the exclusivities. As reported 9to5GoogleStadia also contacted Kojima Productions to work on a sequel to Death Stranding that could only be played by a single player, unlike the original title, which had an online component.
Following approvals from Google and starting its development, Kojima Productions showed the first mockups of the project in mid-2020, shortly after it was canceled as Stadia boss Phil Harrison he thought his market was not big enough for such an experience alone. In this way, it is unknown how this possible Death Stranding 2 or project was thought within the universe presented in the game of the year 2019.
Kojima has teamed up with Xbox
It is unknown if the project that was canceled was rescued by another company as has happened with The Quarry. The truth is that Kojima confirmed a project in collaboration with Xbox, although it is a project that “it will take a while to see” since it will work as a cloud-native experience. Now the presentation of a new game at The Game Awards 2022 is also rumored, although, like the information in this news, it is a rumor that will have to wait more Time to find out if it’s true.