face palm: When Google announced Stadia’s impending demise on Thursday, it promised customers a refund but didn’t give developers the same guarantee. Some need to pick up the pieces, while others promise to help players move purchases and game progress to other platforms. Players can download progress from Google Takeout.
If you’ve bought Ubisoft games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla or Far Cry 6 on Google’s soon-to-be-defunct Stadia platform, Ubisoft is trying to find a way to bring those purchases over to PC. Io Interactive too want to help Hitman players migrate to other platforms.
Ubisoft promises to share more details on its Stadia migration plans and the impact of the platform’s closure on customers who subscribe to Stadia through Ubisoft+. Purchases are likely to translate into Ubisoft’s launcher keys since the company doesn’t sell its recent releases on Steam.
In the meantime, users can export their progress files by signing into Google Takeout with the same account they use for Stadia. Then check the box next to “Stadia” when choosing which data to download. The data is exported to ZIP files that users can download from an email or move to a cloud service.
Although Stadia will be shutting down on January 18, 2023, we’re excited to announce that we’re working to bring the games you own on Stadia to PC via Ubisoft Connect. We’ll have more specific details and implications for Ubisoft+ subscribers at a later date.
— Ubisoft Support (@UbisoftSupport) 09/30/2022
After extracting the Takeout files locally, users can find the saved Stadia files under Takeout > Stadia > GAMING > GAME_SAVE. Copying progress data for use in local PC games means figuring out where each title saves its save files, which vary by title. The PCGamingWiki is a good resource for finding out where games save progress files.
Another part of Google’s game streaming ecosystem that customers are looking to migrate to other platforms is the controller, which currently only works with Stadia. The Stadia controller could make a matching gamepad for a PC or console with the right software. Some have asked Google to release a driver to make it compatible with the PC, which Amazon has done for its Luna controller. Other users would like Google to open source the Stadia Controller firmware so that they or the wider community can customize it themselves.
Worryingly, some developers working on Stadia games only found out about Google’s decision to shut it down after the news broke. SFB Games was preparing to launch a Stadia version of Tangle Tower when Google made the announcement. Thankfully, this title exists on other platforms, but Google’s cessation of Stadia transactions has essentially wasted all the resources SFB devoted to the cloud version.
Necrosoft Games was planning about the amortization of development costs by the Stadia version of Hyper Gunsport. Olde Skull told Axios it could lose five figures developing Stadia for Luxor Evolved. Q-Games’ PixelJunk Raiders is exclusive to Stadia, so it may not exist after next January if the developer can’t port it to another platform.
It’s unclear how Google plans to compensate developers who will lose money from Stadia’s sudden demise. However, if you don’t do things right, it could lead to multiple lawsuits or class action lawsuits.
https://www.techspot.com/news/96166-ubisoft-wants-transfer-stadia-purchases-pc.html Ubisoft wants to transfer Stadia purchases to PC