We just saw the first Stadia Connect, where Google shared more crucial information about their groundbreaking streaming service, which will allow players to enjoy games without a gaming PC or console, playing the games through Google Chrome with many conveniences and extra services on top. After it was first announced at GDC earlier this year, we’ve been waiting to learn more about the platform, its pricing model, and what catalog to expect. That’s what the first Stadia Connect conference is about. Stadia will launch November this year.
First of all, we saw confirmation of the rumor that Baldur’s Gate III would open the conference. The game is now officially announced, with Swen Vincke sharing the excitement at Larian Studios. This announcement was followed by teasers of other major games such as Mortal Kombat 11, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. There were also two other announcements of indie games, namely Gylt, a new game from Tequila Works, and Get Packed, a couch and online co-op/vs physics-based game developed by Coatsink and Moonshine.
It seems Gylt is the only Stadia exclusive, while Get Packed is slated for a 2020 release. More information about these games will become available approaching the launch of Stadia.
Apart from these titles, the following games will be available on Stadia at launch as well, according to the Google Stadia support page.
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Borderlands 3
- Darksiders Genesis
- Destiny 2
- DOOM Eternal
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Farming Simulator 19
- Final Fantasy XV
- Football Manager
- Just Dance 2020
- Metro Exodus
- NBA 2K
- Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
- Rage 2
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Samurai Shodown
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- The Crew 2
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
- Trials Rising
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
You can avail yourself of Stadia Base without a subscription, which will require you to buy games à la carte. The list of games remains the same whether you sign up for a subscription or not. A Stadia Pro subscription will cost you $9.99 per month. New games will be added to the catalog every month, as well as exclusive discounts on titles and instant purchase access to Stadia’s catalog of 4K HDR games, similar to other gaming subscription services such as Xbox Game Pass or PlayStation Plus.
Google also offers a Stadia Founder’s Edition bundle, which comes with a limited-edition controller, the Chromecast Ultra, 3 months of Stadia Pro, and more (no details on what more entails). This bundle will cost $129.99. A note also adds that Founder’s Edition purchasers will have the option to choose a Stadia name identifying themselves in Stadia with no numerical identifier auto-appended. Reserving a Founder’s Stadia name is first-come, first-served on sign-up to the platform launch in November.
The stream also included Bungie, confirming the leak that Destiny 2 would be coming to Google Stadia with a cross-save feature. The studio also showed a reveal trailer for the newest expansion, Shadowkeep, and announced that Destiny 2 is indeed going free-to-play.
You can watch the full Stadia Connect conference below.
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