One of Stadia’s only own games is broken and no one seems to know who can fix it


At a horrifying confluence of destinations, the comedy adventure game Journey to the Savage Planet launched for Stadia on the same day that Google closed its internal development studios, including Journey to the Savage Planet developer Typhoon Studios. That coincidence has left a nasty side effect: The Stadia version of Journey to the Savage Planet contains a major bug, but no one seems to know who can fix it. Planet launched with a nasty bug causing game home screen crashes, which appears to be happening for multiplayer based on responses. Without local files to review in a Stadia game, players cannot work on solutions themselves, which means they must turn to official support channels for help.

Since Typhoon no longer exists, the game developers cannot implement that solution. As lordubuntu discovered, it appears that both Google and Journey to the Savage Planet publisher 505 Games are not sure who is responsible. Google’s support responses sent to lordubuntu ask them to contact 505, but the 505 support messages indicate that the company no longer has control of the game code and says that only Google could implement a solution.

On Reddit, a Stadia community manager has now said that Google is “actively working with our partners to identify a solution,” but did not offer any updates on who would be responsible for that happening, or if it was possible. We reached out to 505 and Google for comment.

The result is that some players are left with a game that they simply cannot access and without a current timeline to fix it. Usually this would be routine work for a newly released game, and it must be very unpleasant to be a former Typhoon developer knowing that you can’t make your own hard work available to those who want to play it.

Google closed its internal Stadia studios in early February 2021, affecting 150 employees. Since then it has been promised that more than 100 third-party games will continue to arrive on the service this year. A class action lawsuit has been filed against Google, Id Software, and Bungie for allegedly misleading customers about the platform’s ability to display games in 4K resolution.

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