Journey To The Savage Planet landed on Google Stadia last month, but unfortunately it came with a game-breaking bug that makes it unplayable. It’s a pretty serious problem that you would think the developers would be working on ASAP. However, Google removed those developers earlier this month and now no one seems to know who is supposed to be working on a fix.
Journey To The Savage Planet was made by Typhon Studios, which were bought by Google in 2019. Unfortunately, the developers were fired when Google closed its internal studios just a few weeks ago, affecting around 150 jobs.
On Stadia, some players can’t play the game at all because it freezes when they try to select an option from the main menu. Looking for a solution to this, Reddit user “lordubuntu” contacted Google and Journey To The Savage Planet publisher 505 Games, who seemed to point fingers at each other to say “that’s your problem” .
Stadia support said they should contact 505. However, 505 said that all game code and Stadia data was owned by Google, so there was nothing they could do. Also, the 505 support said that Google acted as publishers of the game on Stadia because they owned Typhoon Studios, so only Google could actually solve the problem.
The most recent update in the series is a comment on a Stadia community manager’s lordubuntu thread, who writes: “I understand how frustrating this situation is and I am sorry for the delayed update. We are actively working with our partners to identify one solution and I will do my best to transmit updates. ”
A similar answer on Stadia Twitter says they are working with their “associate editor” to fix it. However, I can’t help but wonder who they mean by that. If 505 didn’t work on the Stadia version, surely it can’t be them?
I hope a solution arrives for players who have enjoyed the game on Stadia. Our Journey To The Savage Planet review says it’s a fun little space game, and it would be a shame if one of the few games Stadia has is unplayable.
I have reached out to Google and 505 Games for comment, but have not received any response as of press time.