Stadia Plans To Release ‘Over 100 Games’ In 2021 Despite Dev Closures

In a post published on the Google Stadia community blog, the team behind the cloud gaming service claims it will add over 100 games to the platform in 2021. “Over the next few weeks and months, players can expect to see everything from action-filled RPGs to competitive co-op titles and nimble platformers,” the post read.

Earlier this month, Google announced it would shut down all of its internal Stadia game development teams. The company added that it would being focusing on partnerships with third-party game developers, which would benefit from Stadia’s technology and platform tools.

“We believe this is the best path to building Stadia into a long-term, sustainable business that helps grow the industry,” Stadia GM Phil Harrison said.

Google is shuttering the Montreal and Los Angeles Stadia development studios and cancelling their current projects. The closures will affect roughly 150 developers, although Google ie expected to relocate them to other positions within the company.

Jade Raymond, founder of Ubisoft Toronto and Motive Studios, announced she was leaving Stadia Games and Entertainment, as well as Google, on February 1. The Typhoon Studios team, which developed last year’s Journey to the Savage Planet, is also slated to depart the company.

Despite the closures, Stadia, which was launched in November 2019, as well as its $10 monthly Stadia Pro service will continue. The platform streams games to players up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high-dynamic-range via the company’s data centers.

Stadia’s forthcoming releases include Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition (Feb. 23), Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut (Feb. 23), It came from space and ate our brains (Mar. 2), FIFA 21 (Mar. 17), Kaze and the Wild Masks (Mar. 26), Judgment (Apr. 23), Killer Queen Black, Street Power Football, and Hellpoint.

“These games represent just a sampling of the more than 100 games that will be added to the Stadia store for our players in 2021,” the blog post read.

Google had previously announced plans to launch a new studio headed by Shannon Studstill, the former VP of God of War developer Santa Monica Studio. However, Stadia has struggled to develop original content and compete with Sony’s PlayStation Now, Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Amazon’s Luna, and Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming.

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