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There ‘Never Was’ a Console for Google Stadia

Ahead of Google’s official announcement of Google Stadia, rumors arose in the last months about what exactly the tech giant planned to do in the gaming space. But, as Google’s Phil Harrison told me, those plans never included a proper physical console.

I spoke with Harrison at GDC 2019 following Google Stadia’s official reveal keynote. He noted that particular interest in Google’s game initiative came after last year’s Project Stream collaboration with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. But despite whatever rumors may have popped up, Google did not intend to make a proper console like a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

“The world abhors a vacuum and when we weren’t telling the full story coming out of Project Steam, inevitability there was going to be speculation,” he said. “There was never a console, there was never going to be a console, there never will be a console.”

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This Iconic ‘Uncharted’ Moment Was Almost Just Background Art

I may be in the minority, but I really love Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. It’s not my favorite entry in the franchise, but honestly? It’s pretty close. Chloe and Nadine were an unexpectedly fun pairing, and their spin-off adventure delivered a truncated experience complete with all of the trademark beats you’d expect from Naughty Dog’s flagship series. Exotic vistas, ancient puzzles, elaborate train chases – they were all there. Which is why I was surprised to learn during a recent panel at GDC 2019 that one of Lost Legacy’s – and of the Uncharted series’ as a whole – most memorable and impactful moments was never meant to be.

Warning: Light Spoilers for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Below

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