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The Weekly Authority: 👋 Sayonara Stadia

Plus a ton of Pixel news before next week's event, deepfake Bruce Willis, cloned Arctic wolves, and more.

Published onOctober 1, 2022

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⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 214th edition here, with plenty Pixel news before next week’s event, a farewell to Google Stadia, deepfake Bruce Willis and more…

🍰 It’s International Coffee Day today, so what better day for the new coffee and cake deal at my local coffee shop? The only question is, pumpkin spice or gingerbread latte?

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Weekly Wonder

Norman Reedus and Lea Seydoux in Death Stranding.

Did you know that Stadia turned down the opportunity for an exclusive Death Stranding follow-up?

  • Before Google started winding down Stadia Games and Entertainment, a little over a year after Stadia’s launch, it was reported to be working with quite a few well-known developers on Stadia-exclusive titles.
  • This included projects with companies such as Harmonix, as well as big names like Hideo Kojima and Yu Suzuki.
  • According to 9to5Google, Kojima was working on a Stadia-exclusive follow-up to Death Stranding.
  • The original game launched in 2019 was an asynchronous multiplayer game and a PlayStation exclusive.
  • The proposed sequel would reportedly have been single-player only, with some reports suggesting it would be an “episodic horror game.”
  • And it looks like that might be why Google canceled Stadia’s Kojima collab, believing there wasn’t the market anymore for single-player experiences.
  • The game had reportedly received initial approval from Google and the early stages of development had begun.
  • Phil Harrison, Stadia’s General Manger, made the final call to scrap the project shortly after the first mockups were shown in mid-2020.

There’s still a single-player market

Death Stranding has since been re-released on PC and is a popular game — plus there’s a sequel in the works. Single-player games are far from over — just look at games like God of War, The Last of Us, or Control.

Would a Stadia-exclusive title from Hideo Kojima have saved Stadia as a platform? I guess we’ll never know, but given that the original game spent four years in development, the follow-up may never have launched before Stadia’s demise

Read more: Killing Stadia makes me trust Google less

Tech Calendar

  • October 6 @ 10 AM ET: Pixel 7 launch
  • October 11 @ 1PM ET: Meta Connect Conference (new VR headset?)
  • October 11-12: Amazon Prime Early Access Sale
  • October 12 @ 10 AM PT: Samsung Developer Conference
  • October 13: Pixel 7 on sale? (TBC)
  • November 8: Skull and Bones release date on Xbox Series S/X, PS5, PC, Stadia, and Luna
  • November 9: God of War: Ragnarok launches on PS4, PS5
  • November 15-17: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit
  • November 18: The Dark Pictures: The Devil in Me launches on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC

Tech Tweet of the Week

Did Optimus learn its moves from Musk?

Tesla Bot coming out and dancing 🤣 @elonmusk
— Tesla Owners Silicon Valley (@teslaownersSV) October 1, 2022

Something extra: We’re into spooky season now, with just a few weeks until Halloween, so check out this weird Tweet about phantom moaning noises on flights — and these other stories too.

Have a hauntingly good week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.

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