Google was allegedly the original publisher of Until Dawn spiritual successor The Quarry, where it would have released as part of the search engine giant’s cloud streaming Stadia platform. That’s according to a report by industry newsletter Axios, citing “two sources familiar” with the release’s development. It was eventually picked up by 2K Games, where it was ultimately released on PS5 and PS4, as well as various other platforms.
While neither Google nor developer Supermassive Games has commented, a representative for 2K Games’ parent company Take-Two said the UK studio was “looking for a publishing partner as the project came to completion”. The Until Dawn developer announced a collaboration with Stadia in 2020, although Google effectively canned plans for first-party projects in 2021, and the title was never publicly announced.
Ultimately, we thought The Quarry was a middling affair, but reviews elsewhere have been have been much more positive. Still, we’re glad it was ultimately released on PlayStation platforms – imagine if this had ended up forever tethered to Stadia.