Hackers have breached Capcom’s internal servers and siphoned out over 1TB of data. In addition to exposing the personal details of several employees and other previously unreleased details on upcoming games and bundles, it’s been revealed that Google is reportedly paying Capcom $10 million to get Resident Evil VII and Resident Evil Village on Stadia.
Now, I don’t want to minimize the damage done here – it’s never pleasant to get news, even interesting news, by way of someone’s hardships, and the fact that some jerks somewhere who couldn’t wait for Capcom to officially announce their plans have held their data for ransom is just terrible. After the company refused to comply with whatever requests were made by the hackers, the data was released to the public.
You can read all about the other data that was leaked, but the most interesting news, at least for Chromebook owners, is that Google is going through great lengths to invest in a platform that many continue to claim will be abandoned a few years. If fronting $10 million to get a company as prolific as Capcom to begin supporting Google’s cloud gaming platform doesn’t scream that they’re committed to making Stadia work, then I don’t know what does.
Shortly after the data was leaked (sorry, Capcom), the company confirmed the validity of the hack in an official statement. While this is pretty cut and dry, it’s still not definitive confirmation that Google and Capcom are working together. In order to be 100% certain, we’ll need to wait for the Stadia team to make their move with either a statement of their own or a teaser for the game on the platform. As they approach their first birthday in a few days and with the holidays right around the corner, it’s likely that making a series as big as Resident Evil available to cloud gamers before the year ends could be a power play that Google could make.
In just one year with Stadia and GeForce NOW ramping up their offerings in big ways, Chromebooks have gone from being laptops for those who just want to play high quality or casual Google Play Games to devices that are more convenient AAA gaming machines. While many will continue to claim that because you’re not actually using the Chromebook’s hardware to play these games, it means that they’re still a joke, but it would be a mistake to discount the future that cloud gaming is carving out for itself as an industry standard and Chromebooks are becoming a primary vehicle for it. Let us know in the comments if you’re excited about the possibility of the Resident Evil series coming to Stadia and if it changes how you feel about Google’s efforts in the gaming space!