Gamers have been waiting in excitement ever since Google announced the development of the Stadia. Now that the upcoming project has an official release date, orders are coming in rapidly.
The date is set
At the tech firm’s Made By Google event on Tuesday, hardware chief, Rick Osterloh announced that the Stadia will launch on November 19. The Metro reports that the streaming service will launch across 14 territories, with the US, UK and Canada primed to be key markets.
In parallel with Stadia’s introduction, there will be at least 31 launch titles from 21 different publishers. These introductory titles include popular titles, Baldur’s Gate, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.
Other veteran franchises are also in abundance at launch with Doom Eternal, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Borderlands 3, Mortal Kombat 11, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Just Dance ready at release. There will also be further key titles available eventually as the likes of Rockstar have partnered with the service.
The price is right
The price for a subscription is at a standard subscription rate of £8.99. However, only those who bought one of the promotional packs will be able to play these games from the launch date.
The Founder’s Edition was £119 and includes many amenities, such as a three-month subscription and a Buddy Pass for a friend to join in on the fun. However, the Stadia’s increased demand meant that this edition became sold out.
Subsequently, Google released the Premiere Edition, which is very similar but doesn’t have a Buddy Pass or the Founder’s Edition’s limited-edition Night Blue Stadia controller.
There is also a bunch of other reasons why gamers would want to purchase the Premiere pack. Those who order it will get a Chromecast Ultra dongle, which is essential to play the Stadia on a television.
Additionally, players will receive a clear white controller rather than the Night Blue one. Lastly, gamers will be able to choose their Stadia Name before anyone else. The Stadia Name is Google’s equivalent of a gamer tag and many players will want their current tags transferred over before anyone gets to it!
With the success of the Apple Arcade, it will be riveting to see how Google responds with its gaming subscription service. With an array of blockbuster launch titles and a more traditional, console-like approach, Google is in a prime position to take the initial win in this developing market.
There will also be an interesting competition next year as Sony announced the release period of the PlayStation 5. The next generation of the legendary gaming franchise will have new competition as Google has entered the game.
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