Terraria's Stadia Port is No Longer Happening Following Developer Row with Google
Update: 3/18/21: Terarria is releasing on Stadia after all. In fact, it's out right now!
Terraria's been on more platforms than we can count at this point. First launched in 2011, it's had a long journey from PC to Nintendo Switch, the latter version we thought quite highly of. But if you were hoping to see the sandbox game on Google Stadia, that version has now been canceled.
The move has nothing to do with Google's recent decision to shut down their first-party studios either, which has shaken developer confidence in the cloud gaming platform.
It instead comes down to what appears to be an ongoing dispute between studio Re-Logic and Google, which seems to have begun when Re-Logic's YouTube channel was suspended on January 26 because of what Terarria co-creator Andrew Spinks ultimately says was a ToS violation, despite the channel being inactive for months.
@YouTubeCreators @TeamYouTube our YouTube account https://t.co/Xqmb0LApkq was recently disabled, can we DM you for support?— Terraria Official (@Terraria_Logic) January 26, 2021
The Team YouTube Twitter account responded to the above-tweet (seen in the thread) with automated replies, sending Spinks to Google's account recovery page and account recovery help page. Other inquiries by Spinks to the Team YouTube account that are seen in the thread received similar responses.
Since Re-Logic's accounts are tied to his personal Google account, Spinks took to Twitter today to express his continued frustrations with Google and the inability to recover his account.
My phone has lost access to thousands of dollars of apps on @GooglePlay. I had just bought LOTR 4K and can't finish it. My @googledrive data is completely gone. I can't access my @YouTube channel. The worst of all is losing access to my @gmail address of over 15 years.— Andrew Spinks (@Demilogic) February 8, 2021
I will not be involved with a corporation that values their customers and partners so little. Doing business with you is a liability.— Andrew Spinks (@Demilogic) February 8, 2021
Google has yet to publicly respond to any of this outside of yet another automated response from Team YouTube on February 8 asking Spinks to share more information. This was in the same thread Spinks confirmed that Terarria would not be coming to Google Stadia.
Stay tuned for more on Terarria.