Google’s announcement of closing its in-house, first-party game development studio to Stadia has raised much doubt about the future of the game streaming service, both in this particular case and in general. Stadia, of course, has repeatedly assured customers and partners alike that everything is fine and that the service will grow even more this year, even without the Stadia Games & Entertainment studio. In addition to the promised 100 games planned throughout the year, it is now announcing four free games for March, including an exclusive Stadia game.
Although it is intended to make current PC games available to stream on almost any device, Stadia needs its exclusive titles to set itself apart from one another, especially from something like NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW and Amazon Luna. Crayta was one of those exclusive offerings but it was actually only for a limited time before the game’s creation game expanded to other PC stores.
On the other hand, PixelJunk Raiders may be exclusive to Stadia in the most pure sense, although it might be too early to conclude that. Shaded RPG was developed by Q-Games, featuring players fighting aliens bent on harvesting people’s life powers. Stadia is annoyed that the game uses State Share to allow players to share their game states with others with more details promised to follow.
PixelJunk Raiders will be available on March 1 for $ 19.99, but will be part of the March’s free pick for Stadia Pro subscribers. Include the other three PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle multiplayer game, Detective Reigns strategy and AVICII: Invector music video game.
Stadia is also adding more games to its collection, including Welcome to Elk and a couple of Shantae games. It certainly proves, at least for now, that Stadia is still going strong although, as expected, some are still not impressed but the short catalog of game streaming service.