Google Responds to Lack of Stadia Announcements

Google Responds to Lack of Stadia Announcements

Following a recent stream of aggro from the Stadia community, Google has finally responded.

When a subreddit thread demanded more from Google, the company finally let the community know a bit more information. Unfortunately, it seems to be almost a case of Google almost passing the buck.

The subreddit noted that Stadia has been out for 69+ days. However, there haven’t been any announcements in 40+ days. This includes a new game announcement, or, even more worryingly, a release, as well as any real community update.

Missing Features Still Without Mention

Google reportedly stated 120 games were coming to Stadia for a 2020 release date. This is just the top of a litany of issues that early Stadia adopters have had quarrels about. There is currently still no support on iOS. There are still no voice chat capabilities. Ditto with 4K streaming. A lot of what Google promised has still yet to materialise.

Stadia community manager GraceFromGoogle responded to the above thread, noting;

“All the concerns you’ve brought to the table are completely valid…Nobody likes to be left in the dark. While I don’t have product updates to share right at this second, I can promise you that I have been … taking feedback posted … back to the Stadia team”.

120 Games Unaccounted For

The thread continued on. Google did announce within that Stadia Pro members would be able to play Gylt and Metro Exodus for free in February. However, when it comes to making announcements on what new games will be coming (and when) Stadia had the following to say to GamesIndustry.biz;

“We understand the desire to hear more specifics on the games. After all, that is what it is about: the games.

Of course, not all 120 titles will be announced by the Stadia team. [As] we leave it up to the publishers to make the announcement about their IP/games, and which platforms it will appear on — just as we will do with the exclusive content coming to Stadia.

There are a lot of reasons for the time of those game announcements. [This can be] anything from planned promotions or events, title readiness, proximity to first playable demo, shareholder requirements, etc.

We continue to work closely with our publishing and developing partners and are here to support them in all areas. We are excited to share more about some of the exclusive games coming to Stadia soon”.

To an extent, this makes sense. After all, Xbox and PlayStation don’t tell the devs when the next game comes out, the publishers do. Considering there has been so much flack over everything Stadia has done thus far, maybe burying their heads in the sand isn’t wise right now.


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