Splash Damage’s Outcasters looks set to die with Stadia
Many of the game’s systems are heavily reliant on Google’s soon to be closed platform
Splash Damage has confirmed that it has no plans to bring Stadia exclusive Outcasters to other platforms.
This means that the competitive multiplayer shooter will no longer be playable when Stadia shuts down in early 2023.
“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that we do not have plans to bring Outcasters to other platforms at this time,” Splash Damage tweeted.
Outcasters | Launch Trailer
“Outcasters was designed and built exclusively for Stadia, with many of its systems heavily reliant on the platform, significantly increasing the complexity of the work required.
“We still firmly believe that cloud gaming has a bright future in our industry, providing easier access to games than ever before, and we are encouraged to see that other platforms still champion this cause,” it added.
Billed as a deep but accessible eight-player title, Outcasters was the product of Splash Damage’s first ever game jam.
Speaking to VGC in 2020, CEO Richard Jolly said the British studio was attracted to Stadia because the platform allowed it to do things others couldn’t.
“I mean I’ve got my consoles sitting in my room just kind of stacking up and I have to replace them every three years, so this notion that I don’t need to download a game, I don’t need to upgrade my hardware, I can literally click a link and as soon as I’ve got an internet connection I can play anywhere is quite a freeing experience for gamers I think going forward,” he said.
“I think we’ve seen that same shift from physical distribution to digital distribution from a game perspective and I think the same thing is eventually going to happen with hardware as well. So being at the forefront of that with Google and to be on a platform from day one, working together as a partnership has been really liberating for us as a studio.”
Tencent-owned Splash Damage, which has contributed significantly to the Gears of War and Halo franchises in recent years, announced last year that it’s working on an original sci-fi IP.
Google announced its Stadia shutdown plans last week. Players will continue to have access to their games library through January 18, 2023.
Following the news, CD Projekt detailed how players can transfer their Cyberpunk 2077 save files from Stadia to PC and consoles.
Several other developers of multiplatform games with Stadia versions also recently confirmed that they’re looking into ways for players to transfer their save data from Google’s platform to others.
These include Assassin’s Creed maker Ubisoft, Destiny studio Bungie and Hitman developer IO Interactive.