The impressive but flawed cloud service, Google Stadia, has been confirmed to shut down on January 18th 2023. Google announced the news today in a blog post by Vice President and General Manager of Stadia, Phil Harrison. Having launched in November 2019 to curiosity and apprehension, Google signed multi-million dollar deals with some of the most popular game developers and publishers. Back when the service was shown off for the first time in June 2019, Rockstar Games were revealed to be one of those big studios.
What happens to Red Dead 2?
When Google Stadia launched worldwide on November 19th 2019, Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 could be purchased and playable on the service. This leaves the question, what happens if you bought and play the game on Google Stadia?
Well the good news is Google is refunding all purchases of Stadia games and hardware. This means if you did get Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online for Stadia, you have or will be receiving a refund for the purchase of RDR2. Google say they expect all refunds to be completed by mid-January 2023.
It will be interesting how many Red Dead Redemption II and Red Dead Online players this affects. We know Stadia’s population is quite small compared to Xbox, PlayStation and PC in general for most games. Have you purchased and played Red Dead 2 on Stadia? Let us know in the comments!
Rockstar Games have not looked after Red Dead Online for quite some time anyway. The most recent thing to happen in RDO has been a new event month which you can read about here. Back in July it was confirmed no more content updates would make its way to the game which left the community devastated even though the game continues to sell well.
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