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Can Resident Evil Save Stadia?


Stadia is failing as a service, there’s no other way to see it right now. Google has revoked all of the investment they made in first-party studios, and is now putting the focus on simply bringing good games to it. I think this is what they should have done in the first place since Stadia has pretty much been reliant on titles like Destiny 2 from the start. In the next couple of months, two huge Resident Evil games are coming to the service. This should be a good thing, but I can’t help but wonder if it’s too little too late for the game streaming platform already.

Resident Evil 7 is coming to Stadia on April 1, and then Resident Evil Village will launch on it on May 7. If you’ve got Stadia Pro, then you’ll be playing Resident Evil Village at launch on whatever screen you want. It may even be in 4K quality, though I doubt that it will be on launch day. Resident Evil 7 redefined what Resident Evil is, and Village looks set to continue that new definition. Do enough people care about Stadia to actually use the service for these games in particular though?

Resident Evil 7 has been out for a while now. Most if not all Resident Evil and horror fans have played the game to death by now. Instead of opting to use a service that doesn’t always provide the best quality visuals, I’m sure that these fans will instead want to play the game on PC, PS5, or Xbox Series X/S when it launches. The quality will just be so much better. The only thing that Stadia has over them is the fact that you can play the game from midnight because there are no downloads.

I don’t personally see these games saving Stadia. The service needs a bigger collection of games and to offer the kind of visuals you get on other hardware. Those who are using Stadia will probably have a great time with them though, for as long as Stadia is live. Once again, here we have an issue in that the games you buy can disappear at any time. There’s no physical element to them, so you have no guarantee that after buying them, they’ll be around forever.

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