Since Google Stadia's launch in November 19th 2019, the platform has been met with seemingly lukewarm to less than bombastic reception. Those who purchased the Founder's Edition are closing in on the renewal date, and there has been quite an active Reddit thread that began January 27th about many of the grievances that have been paramount as time passed since any significant news surfaced about upcoming games, 4K capabilities on browser, family sharing, and compatibility and support on iOS, as well as a litany of other concerns.
The Stadia Update on their official community page, "Stadia in the New Year", stated many promising aspects to come, including 120 new games and six new titles coming to Stadia Pro, though little in the way of a roadmap or windows for release dates. According to GamesIndustry.biz, a Google spokesperson stated that weekly updates had been provided on Stadia's official community page. they also provided a statement regarding the 120 games:
"We understand the desire to hear more specifics on the games," the company told us. "After all, that is what it is about: the games. Of course, not all 120 titles will be announced by the Stadia team, as we leave it up to the publishers to make the announcement about their IP/games, and which platforms it will appear on -- just as we will do with the exclusive content coming to Stadia.
"There are a lot of reasons for the time of those game announcements -- anything from planned promotions or events, title readiness, proximity to first playable demo, shareholder requirements, etc. We continue to work closely with our publishing and developing partners and are here to support them in all areas. We are excited to share more about some of the exclusive games coming to Stadia soon."
After day 4 of the Reddit thread, Stadia did announce two new titles for Pro, Metro Exodus and Gylt, though these titles were already known. Beyond that, it feels that this probably isn't the robust news early adopters were expecting to hear that would go a long way in remaining invested. I've written before about how the prospects of Stadia and what it could do for game streaming what the Nokia N-Gage did for the eventual success of the mobile market; it would either be a rousing success or will have to fall on the many errors for another company to correct those mistakes. We are seeing that with PlayStation VR finally showcasing the capabilities of virtual reality after spending 30 years of being little more than glorified tech demos. With a pretty mixed player base and little of significant updates down the pipeline, Stadia had an uphill battle right out of the gate to show that it can survive, much less thrive. Provide any kind of information to your base and give them a reason to stick around. Otherwise, the water in the well is useless if those won't stick around to drink.