Exclusive to Stadia? Wha....?!
Serious Sam 4

Serious Sam 4 is coming to PC and Stadia in August 2020. This will be the first new mainline entry in the series released since 2011's Serious Sam 3. It is once again being developed by none other than Croteam and published by Devolver Digital.

If you haven't yet tried out or experienced the over-the-top action that is the entirety of the Serious Sam franchise, you should check out the big Serious Sam sale happening right now on Steam. It looks like most of the main titles are being offered at discounts around 80% off. The VR games are 85% off for those of you who want to become more fully become Sam himself.

For sure, this is some exciting news for fans of the franchise. There's just one issue: Where are the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game?

It turns out that there is an exclusivity deal with Stadia that is preventing Serious Sam 4 from coming to consoles until 2021. You read that correctly. Stadia has an exclusive on this (along with Steam somehow) until 2021. Kotaku managed to get a brief statement from Devolver Digital about this deal.

“The game is still coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 after its period of exclusivity is over with Stadia,” a rep for publisher Devolver Digital told Kotaku over email, adding that those consoles won’t receive Serious Sam 4 until 2021 after further inquiry.
If you thought that Google, by way of their Stadia platform, were above paying for timed exclusives, you would be sorely mistaken. What a shame. The only real surprise here is that the PC release is still happening at the same time as Stadia. I suppose that fits in line with how Google views their target audience as those currently playing on consoles and not those who are PC focused gamers.

The initial reveal trailer for Serious Sam 4 can be found below. If you want more, there are also specific trailers that focus on combat, enemies, music, weapons, and the new Legion system that aims to get a lot more ("hundreds of thousands") enemies on screen at once.

If you aren't a Stadia user and don't want to wait for the PS4 or XB1 release in 2021, you can pre-order Serious Sam 4 right now from Steam starting at $39.99 (USD), or $49.99 for the Deluxe Edition.



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