Google’s ambition is to implement cross-progression with every title on its upcoming streaming console, the Stadia.
Google Stadia vice-president and head of product John Justice spoke about the idea of cross-progression in a video interview with StadiaCast. Justice indicated that he wanted cross-progression as a feature for all Stadia’s games, including those that do not include online functionality or multiplayer.
Justice used the example of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, whereby a single-player game might benefit from cross-progression on a new platform (Skyrim has not yet been announced for the Stadia).
“We are trying to do [cross-progression] with every single title we’re bringing to Stadia. That’s something that we see as a key piece of next-gen. We’re trying to push that next-gen is all about openness: it’s about being able to play across your friend groups, it’s about taking down these walled gardens, it’s about being able to keep your progression wherever it is you are.”
However, Justice also said that he has experienced resistance from other platform holders: “Not every game platform is wholly on board with this, and some of them are on board with it for some titles and not for others.”