Google Officially Reveals Stadia Launch Lineup Of 12 Games
Yesterday Google announced 12 games that will be available for individual purchase and streaming when Founders Edition pre-orderers get their hands on Google Stadia starting November 19. A grand total of 12 games will be ready for Stadia’s launch according to Google, although even this figure may be wrong. Seriously, the messaging around Stadia is a mess, and it’s particularly worrying when the first units are shipping out any day now and we don’t even know how much of the games are going to cost.
The games are:
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Destiny 2: The Collection (included with Stadia Pro subscription)
- Just Dance 2020
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Samurai Shodown
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
- Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Fourteen additional titles are promised to launch on Stadia before the end of 2019:
- Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
- Borderlands 3
- Darksiders: Genesis
- Dragonball Xenoverse 2
- Farming Simulator 19
- Final Fantasy XV
- Football Manager 2020
- Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
- Metro Exodus
- NBA 2K20
- Rage 2
- Trials Rising
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
A number of legacy titles that were previously promised as part of the Stadia “launch window” are currently not included in Google’s list of 2019 Stadia releases. Those include:
- The Crew 2
- Destroy All Humans
- Doom (2016)
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
- Windjammers 2
That right there is one hell of an uphill battle. Google hasn’t released pricing details for any of these games but, assuming they’re full priced, $60 product, these games are going to be a real tough sell when they can already be bought for cheaper elsewhere. Again, there are some great games in this line-up but there’s nothing particularly fresh or exciting which helps Stadia stand apart from the crowd, or really shows off the USP of high performance cloud gaming.
Major publishers Capcom and EA are also absent from Stadia’s current planned 2019 lineup, though both were listed as participating in Stadia’s “launch window” as recently as August. Google has not yet responded to a request for comment on those omissions.
Stadia will be available in 14 countries at launch. The Stadia Founder’s Edition will include a Chromecast Ultra, which supports 4K gameplay a limited-edition “midnight blue” controller; a three-month Stadia Pro subscription, plus one voucher to give the same subscription to a friend; and the ability to reserve a Stadia username early, which is tied to the user’s Google account. The Founder’s Edition will launch in United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.
Google Stadia’s launch on November 19, 2019.