In relatively recent times, tech tycoon Google decided to pull the plug on their novel cloud-gaming service, officially announcing that Stadia would be no more on Sep 29, 2022. The news came as a shock for many and that’s no surprise.
Considering how Google invested tens of millions of dollars in the hope of getting more AAA blockbusters on its cloud-streaming technology, the promulgation of the big news has baffled the gaming community. In the wake of it, users who’ve spent hours playing games on Stadia show concern over not being able to save their progress.
- Google Stadia is slated to shut down on January 18, 2023 and most players won’t be able to carry over their saved progress to other platforms.
- Ubisoft, on the other hand, has announced that players who purchased titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and other Ubisoft games will be able to get their progress restored on other platforms.
- The well-renowned Assassin’s Creed developer said that the influence of this decision on Ubisoft+ subscribers will be revealed at a later time.
In the aftermath of such a ground-breaking revelation, multiple companies have come forward to express their concerns, primarily due to their link with Stadia. One of these big names happens to be Ubisoft—the famous Rainbox Six Siege, Watch Dogs Legion, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey developer.
Ubisoft has tweeted today that players who purchased and made progression in any of its games need not fret. The French gaming giant says that it’s “working to bring the game you own on Stadia to PC through Ubisoft Connect.”
While Stadia will shut down on January 18, 2023, we're happy to share that we're working to bring the games you own on Stadia to PC through Ubisoft Connect. We'll have more to share regarding specific details as well as the impact for Ubisoft+ subscribers at a later date.
— Ubisoft Support (@UbisoftSupport) September 30, 2022
This is a major relief from the side of Ubisoft — to be fair — given how some players are literally begging their respective game’s developers for carrying over save progression. However, it’s worth noting here that the Ubisoft games not bought on Stadia but just simply played through with a subscription will still lock themselves out.
If nothing we at least have something to be grateful for. Ubisoft is still taking an extra step for players that they don’t necessarily have to. As for the rest of the scenario, other companies are coming forward as well to contribute however they can toward’s Stadia’s shutdown and the dire after-effects on its player base.
Google Stadia may have had a relatively shorter runtime as compared to some of its counterparts, but best believe it’s going down in the history books nonetheless.
The impact of Stadia in the overall domain of cloud gaming is nothing but substantial, provided how it paved the way for others to come forward with their own iteration of cloud-based gaming. GeForce Now, Amazon Luna, and Xbox Cloud Gaming are a few examples that all took inspiration from Stadia in one way or the other.
Do let us know in the comments section down below what you think of Stadia’s shut-down. Until then, we’re off to mourn my 3 hours of progression about to be lost on January 18th.
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