One of the most intriguing elements of Google Stadia was the State Share feature, which was shown during the platform’s initial announcement. While State Share was absent throughout 2020, it will be showing up in Hitman 3 on Jan. 20.
State Share allows players to share save points via the cloud, but with all scene’s pieces in place. It’s essentially a way to pick up the controller during another player’s key moment, and give the scenario a shot yourself to see how it might play out otherwise. These moments can be shared with features.
In our review of Google Stadia, Chris Plante wrote that “Stadia doesn’t behave like a console, or even a platform in the mode of Netflix and Amazon. It lacks far too many of the basic features we’ve come to take for granted in our consoles and streaming services.”
State Share is one of the factors that could make Stadia a more interesting prospect as a platform, especially in the arena of Hitman 3. The complex and dense Hitman levels can play out in different ways depending on which way you go, what uniform you steal, or who you quietly dispatch.
It’ll be interesting to see whether this concept catches on and players take to swapping their saves among each other. The slow roll-out of Stadia features has likely hindered the chances of this kind of community taking off, but the feature still has potential.