A Strong Launch Lineup For Stadia
Ahead of one of the year’s biggest gaming conferences, E3 2019, Google unveiled a bunch of new information about its cloud-based gaming platform during the company’s Stadia Connect event. Key details about the service like price and launch date were confirmed, but Google also spent a great deal of time unveiling the games currently scheduled to be available on Stadia. The platform will feature some big-name games from AAA developers and publishers, such as Ubisoft, Bethesda, Square Enix, EA, and Capcom. Rockstar was also confirmed–which is notable given a game like Red Dead Redemption 2 is only available on PS4 and Xbox One–but we don’t know which of its games will come to Stadia.
Regardless, it’s not all old, existing games coming to Stadia, as Google confirmed some brand-new titles for the platform. One of the biggest pieces of news concerned a long-time RPG franchise. As a recent leak suggested, Larian Studios, the developer of the acclaimed RPG Divinity: Original Sin II, is developing Baldur’s Gate 3, which will release on both Stadia and PC. Its release date has not been confirmed and it may not be out this year, but Larian is hyping the potential of what Stadia is allowing it to do with the game.
Other not-yet-released games will be part of Stadia’s launch lineup, such as Borderlands 3 and Darksiders Genesis, a newly revealed entry in the Darksiders series. Those who subscribe to the Stadia Pro tier (the only tier available at launch) will get a complimentary copy of Destiny 2 with all previous DLC/add-on content and the upcoming Shadowkeep expansion along with an annual content pass. The Stadia Connect even is also where we first heard official word about Destiny 2 cross-save support, which will let you use your existing characters on any platform (including PS4).
Google Stadia is set to launch in November this year beginning with a Founder’s Edition pack that goes for $130 USD / $170 CAN / £120 GBP / €130 Euro–this bundle comes with some complementary hardware (the Stadia controller and Chromecast Ultra) and a three-month subscription of Stadia Pro. You’ll have to buy individual games but can access them through any device with a Chrome browser or on Pixel 3 and 3a phones as long as you have a sufficient internet connection. You can get all the details on how it all works in our breakdown of Stadia’s price and subscription model.
For all the latest information on the new cloud-based gaming platform, check out our comprehensive roundup of all the news for Google Stadia. Below, we compiled all the games that have been confirmed for Stadia’s launch window later this year.