Phil Harrison continues to build up the hype behind the value of Google’s upcoming cloud gaming service, and during a recent interview with GamesRadar, more details were confirmed. When asked about how Stadia plans to handle ownership of titles purchased through the service, Harrison confirmed that both games and save data will remain available to the consumer, even if the publishers and developers pull support from the platform.
While a Stadia Pro subscription will offer users Netflix-style access to a library of games, newer titles will be available for purchase, but it brought up the question of what happens when a publisher or developers decide to remove support from the platform.
“Yes, you will still be able to access the game,” Harrison confirmed. The reporter pushed forward for more clarification, offering up Konami’s P.T. as another example. When the relationship between game developer Hideo Kojima and Konami completely soured, and Kojima left the company, Konami removed the P.T. demo.
“Now, there may be – as we’ve seen in the past – there may be times where a developer or publisher no longer has the rights to sell to new players,” Harrison responded. “That would mean that the game will not be available to new players, but it will continue to be available for existing players.”