Although STADIA was presented as the future of gaming, which according to some sectors is in streaming and no longer a piece of hardware, it was known that various factors could impact the service in one way or another.
The limits in terms of the use of broadband and an unimpressive offer of games and access to them seem to be negatively impacting the service in its debut and a recent report indicates that the pre-order expectations have not been met.
A few hours after the debut of Google STADIA, Jason Schreier, a Kotaku journalist, revealed that a source close to the service informed him that the pre-orders have not been as satisfactory as expected and, in fact, are below the expectations of the company prior to the launch.
According to Schreier, the only pre-orders that sold out were those of the Founders Edition, but as for the standard edition there is no good news for Google’s adventure in the video game distribution sector.
Google Stadia is out today, and it already looks like a monumental flop. (I heard from one person involved that preorders were below expectations.) Question is, will they eventually stop trying to sell games and switch to an all-you-can-eat subscription model? Or just let it die?
I don’t think Google is going to give up on Stadia that quickly – they’re building multiple game studios as we speak – but it was always asinine to think they could sell games at full price on this thing. Need to pivot, even if it means losing some of the biggest AAA games.
Reports shared in the early hours indicate that STADIA’s debut continues in the middle of the controversy because some users have not even received the package they purchased in pre-order and there are even those who did receive their order, but indicated that they have not received an email from Google with their access information in order to enjoy the service.
In other news, Google’s video game streaming service, finally released in some countries. A few days ago, the company revealed the games that will be available at launch, but some players waiting for the service were disappointed. While the alignment of titles for the launch is good, Google only announced 12 games.
These games included Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, several installments of Tomb Raider, among other titles. The company was criticized for the small amount of games it will offer, so in the end Google decided to change its plans. What we are referring to is that another round of games that will be available on STADIA is confirmed.
To be exact, 10 more games will be added to the launch lineup. This implies that STADIA will offer a total of 22 games. Among the new confirmed titles is Attack on Titan: Final Battle 2, Final Fantasy XV, Wolfenstein Youngblood and Metro: Exodus.
Several of the new STADIA additions were on the list of games that were going to come to the service gradually before the end of this year. Google decided to add more titles for the launch without a doubt to make the service a bit more attractive.