Google Stadia to Launch with Only 12 Games
The long-awaited, much-hyped Google video game streaming service is coming next week. However, early adopters of the service when it launches on November 19th will only find a dozen games on the service with only one of those being exclusive to the platform.
Coming with the launch of Stadia are Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2: The Collection, Gylt, Just Dance 2020, Kine, Mortal Kombat 11, Red Dead Redemption 2, Samurai Shodown, Thumper, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Edition, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.
The lone platform exclusive in that group is Gylt, a horror-themed action adventure game. It’s being developed by Spanish independent developers Tequila Works. For their first exclusive, Google picked a top-calibre developer if you know of Tequila Works’ previous efforts of Rime and The Sexy Brutale.
While the initial pickings might seem slim, it’s likely due to the fact that Stadia will launch in a state that could be described as a buy-in beta. Launch of the service is limited to those who bought either the Stadia Founder’s Edition or Stadia Premiere Edition. Both packages include a Google Stadia controller (blue in the Founder’s Edition and white in the Premiere), a Chromecast Ultra, a three-month Stadia Pro subscription and access to Destiny 2: The Collection.
While unveiling their launch lineup, Google also noted that the following fourteen games will be available before year’s end: Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle, Borderlands 3, Darksiders: Genesis, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Farming Simulator 19, Final Fantasy XV, Football Manager 2020, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Grid, Metro: Exodus, NBA 2K20, Rage 2, Trials Rising, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Some titles that have yet to be released have already committed to Stadia. These include Cyberpunk 2077, Doom: Eternal, Gods & Monsters, and WatchDogs: Legion.
While Google Stadia will be officially going live on November 19th, it will only be available for those who purchased the aforementioned bundles. Stadia Pro subscriptions separate of the Founder’s and Premiere Edition bundles will be made available at an unspecified later date. Free access to Stadia, called Stadia Base, will roll out in 2020. Differences between Pro and Base will include Pro having up to 4K resolution, 5.1 surround sound, free games and discounts on game purchases while Base will have a maximum of 1080p resolution with only stereo sound.