Games on Google’s upcoming Stadia platform will remain playable even if the publishers pull support for the platform, the company has thankfully revealed.
Game streaming services stand as an unproven model of both distribution and economics. As such, they have brought about several fears as to their longevity and their commitment. Well, a recent update to the Stadia FAQ looks to put at least some of those concerns to bed.
“Once you purchase the game, you own the right to play it. In the future, it is possible that some games may no longer be available for new purchases, but existing players will still be able to play the game,” the Stadia FAQ page reads. “Outside of unforeseen circumstances, Stadia will aim to keep any previously purchased title available for gameplay.”
Now, it’s hard not to note the use of the term “unforeseen circumstances” which feels awfully like the company covering their own back should anything happen to say, the Stadia service itself. If something was to happen and Microsoft stopped supporting the Xbox platform, you would at least maintain a console, and everything that comes along with it. If Google was to drop Stadia, well, we can only assume all your purchases are going straight down the toilet.
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