GDC 2019: Google Forms A First-Party Studio To Make Stadia Games

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Google has finally given the world its first glimpse at its big video game initiative: Stadia, an ambitious cloud gaming platform that will allow players to stream games across smartphones, tablets, computers, and TVs. The company has already announced a handful of third-party titles coming to the platform, but it'll also be venturing into game development with its own internal studio.

During its Game Developers Conference presentation, Google announced the formation of Stadia Games and Entertainment, a first-party studio that will develop titles exclusively for the platform. No projects have been announced just yet, but Google revealed the studio will be led by Jade Raymond, a former studio head at Ubisoft and EA.

We first learned that Raymond was hired by Google the week prior to GDC, when she announced she was joining the company as a vice president. At the time, her exact role was unclear, but her hiring further signified Google was making a serious attempt at entering the video game space.

Few other games have been announced for Stadia at this juncture, but Google also showed off Assassin's Creed Odyssey--which was the same game the company used for its Project Stream test last year--running on the platform. We also got confirmation that Doom Eternal is coming to Stadia, as is a new game from Star Fox co-creator Dylan Cuthbert's studio, Q-Games.

Google says it will share more details about Stadia's launch lineup this summer. The platform is slated to launch later this year and will initially be available in the US, Canada, the UK, and "most of" Europe. You can read more about how cloud gaming works and check out all of the Google gaming news from today's event.

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In the console realm the fastest way to get gamers to adopt your latest hardware/technology is to give them a good enough reason to do so. In this case, either price and/or exclusives. It seems that the jury is still out on both those issues as of now but if Google plays its cards right Stadia could be a big deal for the landscape of gaming.

With that being said, it is worth noting gamers have been in this kind of setup many times over the last 30 years. Despite the promises of many big name-companies over the decades gamers are the one who will decide if what is being pitched will swim or sink.


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Well cloud games have been coming for over a decade now, and google has the money and resources to probably pull it off. Though i will always prefer games on my computer drives and offline. Still though, bring on the competition, more the merrier, and competition will always be good for gaming consumers. Lower prices, more options, and more games (hopefully ones that take a ton of risk).

Bring on those exclusives!!!