After announcing the public closure of Stadia Games & Entertainment, continued reports have revealed further details about what the studio trained. Apparently, the now-canceled first-party projects from Stadia included a multiplayer action game known as “Frontier”, a sequel to Journey to the Savage Planet 2, and an exclusive game from the legendary Kojima.
A report from VideoGamesChronicle claims to reveal some of the major projects that Stadia Games & Entertainment, SG&E, had in progress.
First of all, Google’s game studios apparently had a great action multiplayer game running under the codename “Frontier.”
Beyond that, Google’s acquisition of Typhoon Studios was to result in a sequel to the hit Journey to the Savage Planet, which just made its Stadia debut this month. Apparently the game was “far bigger” in scale with fully animated scenes. Again, the team here only found out about the cancellation of the project next to the public announcement.
Stadia Games & Entertainment also worked with some third-party studios to develop exclusive games for the Stadia platform. It has been public knowledge for some time that Harmonix worked with SG&E on an exclusive, and apparently the music game was “practically complete.” In response to VGC report Harmonix CEO claimed that the game has not been canceled, as well as denies rumors that the game was facing license issues for music. The title will apparently still be released, even if it ends up on another platform with Steve Janiak saying:
While Google has changed its strategy, we remain incredibly excited about what we have been working on for Stadia, and if the project is not released for Stadia, we will take it to other platforms
Finally, the report also mentions that Google worked with Kojima Productions, the studio behind Death Stranding, Silent Hills and Metal Gear Solid, on an episodic horror game. Apparently the studio wanted to innovate in the cloud gaming area, but Stadia VP Phil Harrison blocked the project comes to light. In particular, Hideo Kojima said last summer that he was “quite pissed” at the cancellation of a major project, but it is unclear if it is the same project that Harrison blocked.
It’s pretty obvious that Google had quite a few major projects underway with SG&E, and only added to the confusion that the company decided to pull the plug before any of these projects could get anywhere near completion. If only things had turned out differently.
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