Google reportedly turned down a Stadia-exclusive Death Stranding sequel

Google reportedly turned down a Stadia-exclusive sequel to Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding.

According to a new report from 9to5google, the project received initial approval, but since it was intended to be a purely single-player experience (instead of the asynchronous multiplayer in Death Stranding), the collaboration with Kojima was canceled as Google believed there was no longer a market for solo games.

Although the project had reached the early stages of development, it was reportedly canceled in mid-2020 after initial mockups by Stadia general manager Phil Harrison.

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The news appears to match a 2021 VGC report that said Google was working on various third-party projects, including a Kojima Productions project billed as an episodic horror game.

That report was denied by a Google Stadia spokesman at the time, claiming he “had nothing and announced nothing with Kojima or Yu Suzuki” and that it was “very common” to speak to partners about potential projects.

Although Death Stranding was released exclusively for PlayStation in 2019, a PC version followed in 2020. Later versions of the Director’s Cut appeared on both platforms.

Google announced yesterday that it would discontinue its Stadia streaming service.

A number of exclusive games for the service are now at risk of being lost unless ported to other platforms.

Stadia developers still working on games have expressed shock at the sudden news.

https://www.eurogamer.net/google-reportedly-turned-down-a-stadia-exclusive-death-stranding-successor Google reportedly turned down a Stadia-exclusive Death Stranding sequel

Curtis Crabtree

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