It seems that Bungie wants to move this player base to another video game streaming platform as soon as possible.
The closure of Stadia has not really come as a surprise. Google initially held back a bit on the platform’s streaming formula, but once people learned it wasn’t the “Netflix for gaming,” the idea immediately felt less appealing. Add to that Google’s notorious habit of starting projects and abandoning them at the first sign of inconvenience. While the platform won’t be sorely missed as such, the few who put in the hours will certainly feel short-changed – especially with live service games.
It seems Destiny 2 developer Bungie wants to hold on to the handful of Guardians who have decided to play the game via streaming platforms. While the developer shut down the Stadia servers well over a week ago, the platform itself shut down barely three days ago. Bungie took the opportunity to try to sway those players to another video game streaming platform, Nvidia GeForce Now.
As discovered by 9to5Google, all those who have played Destiny 2 on Stadia should have received an email from Bungie saying, “When Stadia is closed, you can look for a new place to cloud play. We managed to snag some free codes for Nvidia’s high-performance cloud gaming platform, GeForce Now.” Each email also included a unique code that gave the user one month of free access to GeForce Now Priority. So if you were worried about switching to a PC or a traditional console, just go through your email. Be warned though, the code will expire by February 19th.
Google’s video game streaming platform has received more adoration in death than it did in life. Gamers flocked to Stadia to try to achieve the highest score in the latest game ever, Worm Game. It was a fairly simple game, but players probably made it a tribute to what the platform could have been.
Two heartwarming stories came from Stadia’s version of Red Dead Online. A player with over 6,000 hours clocked in the game received a special gift from Rockstar Games for their dedication. Another player said goodbye to the game and the platform by releasing a horse named after their deceased daughter.
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