On the eve of the Stadia launch, Google has announced an additional 10 games. The hotly anticipated new gaming service has had a fair few teething problems. Will the extra line-up of new games make a big difference?
What is the latest Stadia news?
Google’s new Stadia cloud-based gaming platform is due to launch tomorrow, 19th November. We have been talking about this for a long time. Pre-orders have been flying in, with the Founder’s Edition selling out weeks in advance.
There were some great games included, particularly Red Dead Redemption 2. However a lot of the line-up felt like it was just space filling.
What new games have Stadia added?
The new games just announced are:
- Attack on Titan: Final Battle 2
- Farming Simulator 2019
- Final Fantasy XV
- Football Manager 2020
- Grid 2019
- Metro Exodus
- NBA 2K20
- Rage 2
- Trials Rising
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
The thing is, none of these are actually new. They were all included in the original list of games which would be added to the service by the end of the year. There isn’t actually anything new here, just release dates brought forward to launch.
No news yet about whether any other games will replace these. Whether or not players will have a different 10 games available by the end of the year isn’t yet confirmed.
Why the change of release dates?
I think it’s quite likely that this is a response to the lack lustre reception of the original broadcast releases. Stadia isn’t cheap, and pre-order customers have waited a long time for the launch. Having a less than thrilling game list didn’t do Stadia any favours.
The availability of games is not the only issue here. There have been so many teething problems that there has even been speculation that Google will drop the Stadia project altogether!
What other problems have Stadia had prior to launch?
We looked at which features will be missing last week. These issues range from key features which are not ready in time for launch, as well as delays.
Existing Chromecast Ultra devices will not be able to access Stadia right away. Gamers can only play Stadia games through the Chromecasts shipped to customers who have bought one alongside their Stadia controllers.
Google have yet to confirm when the update will be released to correct this.
The multi-player and community features sound really far behind being ready on time. This includes State Share, Crowd Play and Stream Connect functions. Family sharing is also not going to be available until next year.
This means that if you want to buy games to play with your kids, you will have to buy and pay for them separately on their child account. Not ideal if you wanted to buy a game for the whole family to play.
The controllers themselves are also delayed; definitely not great news! We’re not sure exactly how many are affected or how long the wait will be, but understand there are ‘significant delivery delays’.
Is Stadia going to be worth the wait?
Well, that’s something we’re about to find out! The concept of cloud-based gaming could be revolutionary, but to catch on – it has to work!
It’s an interesting time for gaming and there’s a lot riding on not just Stadia but cloud gaming as a whole. With Google being one of the biggest and best in terms of infrastructure, if they can’t get it right, who can?
Have you ordered a Stadia? What are your thoughts on the new game line-up? How likely does it feel that Google will drop Stadia if they don’t get all the teething problems ironed out? Let us know what you think!