Google Says Upcoming Stadia Game Announcements “Are Up to the Publishers”

Google Says Upcoming Stadia Game Announcements “Are Up to the Publishers”

In response to subscriber criticisms, Google clarified that the announcements of new games for Stadia are being left up to publishers.

As one of the most prominent examples of the industry’s move towards game streaming and a completely online interface, Google Stadia in the last few months has seemed to deliver mixed results. While the platform offers promising tech and a vision of what’s in store for game streaming, Stadia itself has been hampered by a lackluster selection of games and a number of its highly-touted features being unavailable at launch. That has led to a number of subscribers expressing their unhappiness with the platform so far on social media, with Google responding to some of that feedback.

Recently, Google came under a bit of scrutiny from Stadia subscribers due to the platform’s slowed trickle of new releases since it debuted last November. Primarily aggregated on a growing Reddit thread, the major complaint from Google Stadia subscribers has been that Stadia’s development team hasn’t been transparent or consistent in providing development updates or announcements of upcoming games.

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In a statement to GamesIndustry.biz, Google clarified a few points in response to subscriber criticisms, especially in regard to upcoming game announcements. A spokesperson for Google explained that while they understand “the desire to hear more specifics” on upcoming game announcements, they clarified that “not all 120 titles will be announced by the Stadia team” in terms of promotion. Specifically, they expressed that “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.”

According to the report from GamesIndustry.biz, Google expressed that there are a number of factors that contribute to why the company is seemingly taking a hands-off approach to game announcements, such as “planned promotions or events, title readiness, shareholder requirements,” and more. However, the spokesperson added that the Stadia team is going to “work closely” with publishers and developers to provide support where needed, and that more information on upcoming titles would be coming “soon.”

Recently, Google had detailed that it was expecting over 120 new titles to come to Stadia throughout 2020, along with 10 new exclusive titles to the platform. However, since the platforms’ debut in November, the reception to the platform itself has seemed to be on the mixed side, as many early adopters have been cautious of whether or not to stick with the platform due to its limited game selection and Google’s shaky history of sticking with previous platforms and tech. Given that the system itself has already been slow to bring on new subscribers, it’s unclear just yet what direction Google is taking the system in, especially with so many of its promised features still missing in action at the moment.