Connect with us


Serious Sam 4’s Stadia Exclusivity Means PS4 & Xbox Owners Won’t Play Until 2021

Despite being previously announced for home consoles, Serious Sam 4’s Google Stadia exclusivity means it won’t launch on PS4 and Xbox One until 2021.

Thanks to Google Stadia paying for an exclusivity window, the upcoming Serious Sam 4 won't release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One until 2021. The original Serious Sam released in 2001 and became an instant cult classic. In a world where Duke Nukem Forever was only just beginning its endless slog of development hell (ultimately releasing to a tepid reception in 2011), Serious Sam filled the niche that Duke left vacant with its fast-paced run-and-gun gameplay, silly one-liners, and irreverent sensibilities. The series continued to evolve over the course of the decade, culminating in 2011's Serious Sam 3: BFE, which brought the trilogy to a close in bombastic fashion.

Nearly a decade after the series' last mainline entry, the stalwart icon of old-school FPS gaming is set to return with Serious Sam 4. Originally announced for PC and current-gen consoles, Serious Sam 4 aims to distinguish itself from the pack with its new "Legion" system, which allows for tens of thousands of enemies to populate expansive maps.

Related: Every Phone You Can Play Google Stadia On

Despite the initial announcements, the latest trailer for Serious Sam 4 announced the game's August release window, but made no mention of home console versions, only listing the game for PC and Google Stadia. As reported by Kotaku, Google paid a premium for Stadia exclusivity, meaning the game is not allowed to appear on PS4 and Xbox until the exclusive window ends. Though an exact date was not given, publisher Devolver Digital said the home console versions won't arrive until sometime in 2021.

Google Stadia has failed to make a lasting impression on the public. Though ambitious, the early launch of the streaming gaming platform was hurt by a lack of games, technical difficulties, and general disinterest from the greater gaming populace. With the sudden exclusivity of Serious Sam 4, Stadia certainly earned attention, but not in a good way.

Exclusivity windows are part of the modern gaming landscape, but in the case of Serious Sam 4, the whole affair reeks of corporate greed. When a game initially announced for all platforms becomes a timed exclusive, it feels like a betrayal against would-be customers who were promised a release date before having the rug pulled out from under them. In theory, Google is hoping PlayStation and Xbox players who had been waiting for Serious Sam 4 will rush to play the game on Stadia. While this may get more people to try out Stadia, it will also undoubtedly cause a rush of ill-will towards the platform, since Google is essentially blocking the release of Serious Sam 4 on PS4 and Xbox One.

Next: Best Online Shooters to Play in 2020

Source: Kotaku

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Movies1 month ago

The Little Mermaid is the Absolute Worst

In the wake of Frozen 2’s $1 billion haul, the debate rages on about who is the best Disney princess...

Movies2 months ago

The 30 Best Movie Trilogies of All Time

What makes a good trilogy? Well, for starters, you have to follow the same theme throughout the entire series —...

Pop Culture3 months ago

18 celebs that were on TV before becoming Movie Stars

Everyone knows that movie stars get more love than the actors on tv. Why is that? Perhaps there is truly...

Movies3 months ago

Best Female Leads in Horror Film History

From “Scream Queens” to “Final Girls” the female role has continued to evolve in the horror genre, no longer are...

Movies3 months ago

10 Overlooked Movies of the 2010s

The 2010s was a solid decade for cinema. Even with a rise of remakes, creators didn’t shy away from innovation....

TV3 months ago

10 Times Someone From Jackass Should’ve Died

As America entered the 21st Century, man reached an evolutionary peak once thought unattainable. With the invention of personal internet...

Movies3 months ago

Slow to Fast: All 9 Fast & Furious movies ranked from worst to best

Fast and furious. There are no two words that have meant so much in cinematic history. Love it, or hate...

Pop Culture3 months ago

10 Most Underrated Shows of the 2000’s

It’s a new decade in this 2020, which means we’ve said goodbye to so many shows, and we’re saying hello...

Movies3 months ago

20 Films That Will Have You Reaching For Tissues

Sincerely, how good does it feel after you weep uncontrollably? Is it wrong to find pleasure in undergoing melancholy from...

Movies3 months ago

10 worst movies with a Star-studded cast

Even the brightest stars cannot hope to lighten up the darkest nights. That goes to say that even if a...