The Google Stadia shutdown has claimed its first video game casualty
The Google Stadia shutdown has claimed its first video game casualty, as the multiplayer title Outcasters will also be defunct when the cloud gaming service disappears in January.
As reported by Game Developer, Outcasters studio Splash Damage posted on Twitter (below) that porting the game to another platform is not possible as the game was developed exclusively for Stadia.
An update on Outcasters: pic.twitter.com/VdkZUcUv1z
— Outcasts (@playoutcasters) October 12, 2022
“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that we currently have no plans to bring Outcasters to other platforms,” Splash Damage said in a blog post. “Outcasters was designed and built exclusively for Stadia because many of its systems are highly platform dependent, which greatly increases the complexity of the work required.
“We continue to strongly believe that cloud gaming has a bright future in our industry as it offers easier access to games than ever before, and we are heartened to see other platforms continuing to champion the cause.” “
Outcasters was only announced in July 2020 and released in December of the same year. However, since Google shut down its cloud gaming service on January 18, 2023, the game will only be available for a little over a year.
Google said Stadia didn’t get the traction it expected and has started issuing refunds to users who bought into the service. While some companies, including CD Projekt Red, have helped gamers port their game data off the dying service, Outcasters is the first example of a game set to go under with it.
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