Microsoft switching to a Chromium browser and the future of gaming on Adobe Flash based video games

I heard news that Microsoft will be switching to a Chromium based browser. I heard the news not to long ago, and thought of making a post here asking XGen what the future of Adobe flash based video games, including Stick Arena, and others. I delayed making a post about it for a bit, but now I think I will ask them.

I do not know whether Microsoft switching to a Chromium based browser will lead to abandoning Adobe Flash faster than the plan was to before. Before Microsoft and other’s plan was to eliminate the use of Adobe Flash some time in the year 2020. I did not know if that implied the beginning, or ending, of that year.

I heard that Chrome enables you to run flash based programs once you enable them per web page. However, I do not know if Microsoft switching to a Chromium based browser will make all of them decide to remove support for Adobe Flash faster. Given that browsers such as Chrome and Edge already ask you to enable Adobe Flash every time you use it, it already implies that they really already wish to remove support for Adobe Flash. They look like they already wish that Adobe Flash lost it’s support already, but they need to phase it out slowly. Firefox, and I’m sure a bunch of other browsers too, already have Adobe Flash disabled.

Before this news, there already was talk of video games made by XGen needing to switch from Flash to another format. Now that Flash may be unsupported earlier, I wonder what the future of video games made by XGen will be.



As for the rest: Who even uses a Microsoft browser?


I know that they are aware of the 2020 event of the end of Flash. This may end up having the end of Flash be much sooner than 2020. It might even mean the end of Flash in H1 2019. It might even mean the end of Flash in Q1 2019.

I predict people will be using Microsoft browsers after this. We’ll see though.

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I think the “things in the works” they mentioned was SA coming to Steam. This bypassed the browser, and the Steam version of SA will be playable indefinitely past 2020 or whenever Flash dies. XGen’s other popular Flash game is BBH; hopefully that will also be ported to Steam. They stopped developing their single-player games in Flash a long time ago, and they are also porting some of their older games to Mobile, which has really taken the place of what Flash used to be in terms of gaming. So I don’t really see a crisis here, unless Flash dies before XGen can port BBH to Steam…


They can just end up just having the ““Play Now”” button send you to the Steam webpage then. I did not think of that Steam enables you to not need a browser to access Stick Arena. Hopefully they will set up their web page to get you there easily.

Some people are hoping Flash dies way before that time.


The new Chromium based Edge browser will reportedly feature an ““IE Mode”” which will enable Adobe Flash based video gaming, even if the regular browsing does not support it.

This, apart from Steam.


The new version of Chrome coming out now has taken another step towards the very end of Flash. The very end of Flash on Chrome is supposed to be at the end of 2020.

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Microsoft’s new Chromium browser has reportedly reached the stage for beta testing. As far as figuring out the future of Flash based video games, the potential for the end of Flash based video games has gone another step. Video games such as Stick Arena Dimensions are on other platforms such as Steam, however, that may still mean less people playing those such video games.

I do not believe I myself will beta test the new browser. While I wish to see early how it will turn out, I would not like to spend the time and effort to send reports of bugs and glitches to Microsoft.

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Microsoft and Google are set to remove Flash from their browsers in December 2020.

Microsoft’s Chromium based Edge is out now. You either downloaded it already when you checked from updates, or will wait a small amount of time until it is available to you, or downloaded it manually when you heard it was out.

When people all end up having Chromium based Edge on their computers in the next few days, we will see how it affects the amount of Stick Arena and other Flash games played.

Flash is disabled by default. This might end up reducing the amount of Flash games played. It is supposed to lose support completely December 2020. We’ll end up seeing how many people end up being done with Flash now and how many people are done with Flash then.

Not entirely related, but not entirely unrelated, you can easily block Javascript on this new browser. I myself have it blocked, but with ““”” as an exception. Without the exception, you cannot login to the forum.

I already switched to Steam to play Stick Arena on. (This deserves it’s own thread.) So, for me the new Chromium based browser does not hinder my game play.

We’ll see how many people continue playing. How many people switch to playing on Steam.