The Stadia launch is right around the corner! With all the hype, which games exactly will be in the Stadia line-up?
Why is Stadia such a big deal for gaming?
Set to launch on November 19th, Google Stadia has a lot of hype. Why? It could just be the next step forward in the gaming revolution.
We looked into the tech behind Stadia, which sets itself apart from traditional console gaming. The biggest difference is that Stadia is a cloud-based system. When you buy a game you are buying it to stream to your device, you’re not limited to just hardware or one screen. You can buy Red Dead Redemption 2 for example and play it on you TV, laptop or phone where there is a stable connection.
The other big difference is the use of developing tech to enhance user experience. AI tech will eventually drive narrative with a real-time feel. Advances in hardware have balanced out speed vs quality to drive down latency. Multi-player gaming will become faster, more intuitive and ultimately more fun to play.
How will Stadia users access games?
Aside from the cost of buying the console itself, one of the Stadia selling points is that it is available for free. However, without the paid subscription (from around $10 per month) access to games is limited.
Users buying either the Founder’s Edition (which sold out well in advance!) or the Premier Edition receive a 3-month subscription included.
There are some free games included within the basic subscription package. Other games need to be purchased at around $60 each. Stadia announced last month a list of games that will be available. These include games like Destiny 2 and Football Manager 2020.
Which games will be available from launch?
Google announced yesterday the full list of games they are launching. Initially there will be 12 ‘carefully chosen’ games. These will be followed with another 14 titles by the end of 2019.
In terms of range, Stadia is looking to attract gamers of all ages and genres. They describe the Stadia catalogue as ‘a library of superb, critically-acclaimed titles spanning multiple genres and age ratings‘.
Here is the full list of all 12 games available from November 19th:
- Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
- Samurai Shodown
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Destiny 2: The Collection
- Just Dance 2020
- Mortal Kombat 111
- Red Dead Redemption 2
Seems quite a mix, although perhaps some of the games aimed at younger players feel like a bit of a token gesture?
Some games are definitely rated for adult use. In fact, Red Dead Redemption 2 has attracted attention for the ‘frenetic violence’ it portrays. According to IMDb Parent’s Guide the game shows ‘extreme brutal western violence throughout’. Not one for the kids.
Fortunately, Stadia have thought of this and have parental control features within their system.
Are there any other new releases planned?
Stadia are introducing a further 14 games before the end of this year. There is a caveat that dates are subject to change…
The full list of additional games being released in 2019 are:
- Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
- Borderlands 3
- Darksiders Genesis
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Farming Simulator 19
- Final Fantasy XV
- Football Manager 2020
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Metro Exodus
- MBA 2K20
- Rage 2
- Trials Rising
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
So, more racing games, sports games, combat games and multi-player games. And… Farming Simulator?
It seems like the choice of games is directed by which have been configured for Stadia streaming. Google have their own in-house development team, and have said that the games they build (or reconfigure) will be aimed at showcasing the power of Stadia.
What other launches are in the Stadia pipeline?
Stadia say they have many more games to come. Whilst dates aren’t confirmed, they have listed titles such as Doom: Eternal and Cyberpunk 2077. Other new launches are to be announced via Stadia social media.
So, now the full lineup is out; what do you think? Anything missing that you would have liked to see?