Google is still trying to make Stadia a success story, despite studio closure

Following Google’s announcement that it’s closing its first-party studio, Stadia Games, the company has revealed that “100 games will be added to the Stadia store in 2021.” Google details the news in a recent blog post, which shows off some of the new third-party releases coming to the streaming service.

Among the headliners are the Shantae games, Half-Genie and Risky’s Revenge, which arrive later this month. Other big games include FIFA 21, Hellpoint, and Yakuza spin-off Judgment. Following Stadia Games’ closure announcement, it isn’t overly surprising to see the company double down on third-party releases for the platform.

“In 2021, we’re expanding our efforts to help game developers and publishers take advantage of our platform technology and deliver games directly to their players,” explains Phil Harrison, Stadia’s vice president and GM. “We believe this is the best path to building Stadia into a long-term, sustainable business that helps grow the industry.”

If you’re curious about the titles coming soon to Stadia, you can check out a shiny new trailer for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero below.

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In spite of the influx of new titles heading to Stadia, it’s hard not to see Google’s pivoting away from development as a negative. After all, Google won’t launch any games specifically designed and optimised for streaming, and this is arguably a loss for game streaming services in general. Still, if you’re currently a Stadia subscriber you’ll at least have plenty of new releases to dive into.

If you’re looking for more games to play on mobile, be sure to check out our lists of the best Android games and best iOS games around.

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