Google announced plans yesterday the company plans to cease operations for its cloud streaming gaming service Google Stadia in early 2023 but will offer full refunds to customers who bought games on the service. But that doesn’t dismiss concerns about losing hard-earned progress from a catalogue of live-service game titles spanning across the service.
Everyone who bought Red Dead Redemption 2 and the standalone version of Red Dead Online will be offered full refunds by January 2023, though as it stands there’s been no communication about what will happen to player progression from Google themselves.
Frustrated players in the Red Dead Online community brought it to themselves on Twitter to pledge Rockstar Games to allow their Red Dead Online progress which be moved to their platform of choice.
Rockstar Games’ Social Club platform doesn’t feature any cross-progression platform support which a considerable amount of live-service titles already feature, such as Fortnite and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. This may be an incentive for Rockstar Games to explore as it’s one of the most requested features for their online titles.
One fan and YouTube content creator ItsColourTV expressed his frustration after Stadia’s closure announcement, pledging the developer to explore options to allow players to transfer their progress to a different platform.
These hours are on Google Stadia and today Google announced they’ll be shutting down the platform. Rockstar Games please let us do a one-time character transfer I am begging youItsColourTV
Rockstar could opt for an option that lets players transfer their progress to a platform of their choice without adding a cross-progression feature for the Social Club, we’ll have to see what unfolds in the coming months of its closure.
Not only people in the Red Dead Online community are upset over this, but fans who played Hitman will lose all their progress from Google Stadia too, the developer IO Interactive announced today they plan to look into ways for players to transfer their progress to a different platform in the future. Hopefully Rockstar will follow up with a statement in the weeks ahead with a plan to reassure players of their progress.
We have contacted Rockstar Games for a comment on this situation ahead of publication, if we have a response the article will be reflected with an update.