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

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In a horrible confluence of destinies, comedy-adventure game Journey to the wild planet was released for Stadia on the same day that Google shut down its internal development studios – including Journey to the Savage Planet developer Typhoon Studios. This coincidence has left some nasty after-effects: The Stadia version of Journey to the Savage Planet contains a major bug, but no one seems to know who can fix it. Lordubuntu, Stadia’s Journey to the Savage Planet kicked off with a nasty bug that freezes the game’s start screen, which seems to be happening to a number of players depending on the responses. With no local files to browse in a Stadia game, players cannot work on fixes for themselves, which means they have to turn to official support channels for help. .

With Typhoon no longer in existence, the game developers cannot implement this fix. As Lordubuntu discovered, it appears Google and Journey to the Savage Planet, publisher of 505 Games, do not know who is responsible. Google support responses sent to lordubuntu ask them to contact 505 – but 505 support messages say the company no longer has control of the game code and say only Google would be able to implement a fix.

Sure Reddit, a Stadia community manager has now said that Google is “actively working with our partners to identify a fix,” but has offered no updates on who is responsible for this situation or if it is possible. We contacted 505 and Google for comment.

The result is that some gamers have ended up with a game that they simply cannot access and no current timeline for a solution. It would generally be routine work for a newly released game – and it must be deeply unpleasant being a former Typhoon developer knowing that you can’t make your own work available to those who want to play it.

Google closed its internal Stadia studios in early February 2021, impacting 150 employees. It is since promised that over 100 third party games will still arrive on the service this year. A class action lawsuit has been filed against Google, Id Software and Bungie for allegedly deceiving customers about the platform’s ability to display games at 4K resolution.

Joe Skrebels is IGN’s News Editor. Follow him on Twitter. Any advice to give us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com.



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