Google Stadia Launch Lineup is Revealed

As we get closer and closer to the Google Stadia launch, more details about the service have surfaced. If you haven’t heard about Google Stadia, it is Google’s attempt to get into the video game market through the use of cloud gaming. It doesn’t require getting a console but is capable of playing console games such as Doom(2016).  The service launches on November 19 with people that have bought the Founder’s Edition or have gotten a buddy pass from a friend. The Founders Edition also comes with a Chromecast Ultra, 3 months of their Stadia Pro subscription and Destiny 2: The Collection as a free game. This Stadia Pro subscription gives the user the ability to stream in 4K at 60fps with HDR. Now we know what games will be available on launch day thanks to a post on the official Stadia blog. The list is:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  • Destiny 2: The Collection
  • Gylt
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Kine
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider 20th Year Celebration
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Thumper
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Following that list, Google also added a list of upcoming titles for the rest of the year. This list is:

  • Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
  • Borderlands 3
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Football Manager 2020
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Grid
  • Metro Exodus
  • NBA 2K20
  • Rage 2
  • Trials Rising
  • Wolfenstein Youngblood

Honestly, it’s kind of underwhelming. Not only is the expected library by the end of the year pretty small but most of it is old games that have been out, in some cases, years. With the exception of Gylt, the lineup is also missing exclusive titles for the service. Why choose this service when you can get a console that plays almost all of these games. It is also worrisome that Google hasn’t revealed pricing information. Hopefully, the titles are priced accordingly to their release date. Cloud gaming is still an unproven market so Google needs to bring their A-game in order to convince people to use Stadia but this doesn’t feel like a home run. What do you guys think about the newly revealed Stadia launch lineup? Excited? Disappointed? Comment below and let me know.

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