For Google Stadia players, there are a lot of questions about what will happen to your games, hardware, and game progress when the servers shut down on January 18, 2023.
Google was quick to explain to players how to get a refund for Google Stadia hardware and software purchases – with details coming within 24 hours – and advice on how to download Google Stadia save data. But these solutions won’t solve all problems for underprivileged Google Stadia players.
Fortunately, game developers are taking advantage of the slack and trying to put together the best way to save gamers from the cloud gaming platform.
Despite having noticed as much as players that Google Stadia will be shutting down, Bungie (the team behind the hugely popular Destiny 2) is already trying to formulate a plan to help the roughly 5,000 players who check in to the servers daily on Stadia (via Forbes (opens in new tab)). While that’s not a huge number of players, Bungie is trying to find a way to ensure your progress isn’t permanently deleted along with the rest of your Stadia data on January 18th.
It might even try to find a way to keep playing Destiny like Ubisoft is doing with its games (like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey). While players will receive a refund for the Stadia library, Ubisoft said (opens in new tab) it has plans to issue free PC copies to players of the Stadia games they own as well.
not be overtaken, IO Interactive told Stadia players (opens in new tab) who are looking for ways to continue their Hitman 3 adventure on a different platform.
For now, though, these plans are still in their early stages. Developers say they didn’t get any advance notice about the Stadia shutdown, so they’re having to find solutions in real-time rather than having the answers ready-made like Google does.
As we approach January 18, we’ll likely find out more about what these and other studios will do to keep Stadia players from feeling burnt out. Be sure to pay close attention to your Stadia account email for guidance on what you can do.