Google’s first foray into gaming remains unproven, but the tech giant is making serious inroads to secure a growing list of titles for the upcoming Stadia streaming console.
During the Google Stadia Connect presentation held during Gamescom, Google unveiled a host of additions, including some triple-A heavy-hitters that are sure to boost the Stadia’s profile for prospective players.
Here are all the new Google Stadia games announced:
Orcs Must Die! 3
Currently, the Stadia has very few exclusives, but Google was able to unveil a brand new one in the form of Orc Must Die! 3. With a staunchly loyal fan base and hours of fun facing off against hordes of orcs, the title is an excellent addition that hopefully augurs more exclusives as Stadia finds its feet after launch in November.
Mortal Kombat 11
The latest entry in the long-running fighting franchise heads to Stadia when the console releases in November. High-paced combat, skillful combos, a cast of colorful characters, and an identical experience to other platforms.
Unabashedly channeling Diablo into a hack and slash co-op platformer spinoff of the Darksiders franchise, Darksiders Genesis launches on Stadia in tandem with releases on other platforms later this year.
Gods & Monsters
Ubisoft’s upcoming god simulator Gods & Monsters from the minds behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey heads to Stadia when it drops in February next year. By then, Google is expected to have ironed out any teething issues, and Gods & Monsters should highlight Stadia in all its mythological splendor as players embark on a painterly storybook adventure through Ancient Greece.
Fighting game Samurai Shodown, which was released less than two months ago, will feature among the Stadia’s launch lineup.
Indies stand to benefit the most from pairing with Google, and Kine is no exception. Its charming story of three machines trying to form a band together should translate well to streaming. It arrives this Winter.
Bagging CD Projekt Red’s next RPG epic is a huge win for Google and hints at big-name studios taking the Stadia seriously. How, what is expected to be a demanding title, will translate to streaming is anyone’s guess, but CD Projekt Red isn’t in the business of jumping into collaborations if it can’t guarantee a smooth player experience.
Slated for release sometime before the end of 2019, hockey-like frisbee sports game Windjammers 2 is penciled in for Stadia launch alongside a PC version.
Ubisoft often releases its games on as many platforms as possible, and jumping onto the Stadia is true to form. Watch Dogs: Legion looks to reinvent the hacker open-world delights of the series with a post-Brexit London where every inhabitant is a potential recruit with unique skills.
Marketed as a strategic shooter, Superhot is an intriguing proposition for FPS fans who want something a little different to spice up the habitual running and gunning of the genre. A Stadia launch gives the title exposure that makes it a deal that benefits both parties in equal measure.
Farming Simulator 19
Farming Simulator 19 needs no introduction as the title summarizes the game perfectly. Recently plunged into the world of eSports with an event at Gamescom – which incidentally is well worth exploring if only for the absurd sight of pro gamers harvesting wheat at breakneck speed – Farming Simulator 19 may not be a triple-A release but will please the sim fans out there and possibly nudge them over to the Stadia.
Google has done well to offer a wide spread of games that touch upon most genres, and Grid is set to represent the racing genres. It launches on October 11th for other platforms so should be available when the Stadia hits stores.
Attack on Titan 2
Action hack and slasher Attack on Titan brings it’s manga-inspired antics to the Stadia as well.
The guitar-chugging sequel to the excellent Doom 2016 reboot is another win for the Stadia and is a no brainer for Bethesda who’s managed to port its games over to the underpowered Switch with great success.
Destroy All Humans!
With open-world alien invasion-themed action, Destroy All Humans! should fit right into the Stadia ecosystem when it reboots in 2020.
The Elder Scrolls Online
Another Bethesda title to join the fray and as far as we know, one of the few MMOs to form part of Stadia’s existing catalog. Once again, there are questions about whether streaming can handle the demands of persistent online play. The Elder Scrolls Online should prove a revelatory barometer of the Stadia’s capabilities.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep
Destiny 2 is currently the only title part of the Google Stadia Pro package, and given its now a free-to-play title elsewhere it raises questions as to how efficient it will be at drawing players over from established platforms like the PlayStation 4 and PC.