We know that Google had a number of unannounced games lined up for Stadia before pulling the plug on game development operations. Two of Stadia's biggest planned titles have been making headlines recently. As it turns out, Supermassive's latest thriller, The Quarry, was originally intended to be a Stadia game, as was Justin Roiland's upcoming game, High on Life.
The Quarry just released as a spiritual successor to Until Dawn, offering a new slasher story across all major platforms, including PC, Xbox and PlayStation. It wasn't always going to be this way though. According to a new report from Axios, The Quarry was initially planned as a flagship game for the Google Stadia streaming platform. Eventually, Google decided games were too expensive and ceased its development and publishing efforts, forcing Supermassive to find a new publisher. Fortunately, 2K Games was more than willing to pick things up from there.
The report also mentions High On Life, which was recently a major highlight of the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase. The new game from Rick and Morty creator, Justin Roiland and Squanch Studios was also initially going to be funded by Google to release on Stadia, but once Google pulled the plug on development and publishing, the game had to find a new home.
Squanch has refused to comment on the matter, neither confirming nor denying Stadia's involvement in the game's development. At any rate, now with Stadia out of the equation, High On Life signed with Xbox. The game is currently scheduled to launch on Xbox consoles, PC and Xbox Game Pass later this year.
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KitGuru Says: Fortunately, these two games were still able to wrap up development and find new homes elsewhere. The same likely can't be said for other projects, which would have been cancelled once Google went back on its development and publishing plans.