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Google Stadia will launch with only 12 games

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You’d barely know it from the relative lack of hype, but Google’s set to launch its gaming system of the future, Stadia, in a week. Of course, it’s a bit of a soft launch, because it’ll only be available to those who’ve pre-ordered and are ponying up for the premium tier. Even then, some who’ve pre-ordered won’t get to play at launch as it could take up to two weeks for pre-orders to be fulfilled.

Google’s now released the list of games that’ll be available for launch, and if I didn’t already think that the Google Stadia was set to be little more than a curiosity, I certainly do now. Stadia will launch next week with just 12 games available for purchase.

Here’s the list of games that players will be able to buy for use through Stadia’s servers:

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Destiny 2: The Collection (included with Stadia Pro subscription)
  • Gylt
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Kine
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Thumper
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Before the end of the year, there will be an addition fourteen games that’ll launch on Stadia:

  • 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
  • Grid
  • Metro Exodus
  • NBA 2K20
  • Rage 2
  • Trials Rising
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Of the 26 games that’ll be playable this year, only Gylt is exclusive to the platform. Admittedly, it does look intriguing, but probably not intriguing enough to become invested in Stadia. Google does have studios set up to deliver more exclusives in the future, but we now very little of what’s happening on that front.

Of course, I once again have to remind you that this is all moot in South Africa, as we’re not one of the launch territories for Stadia – nor are we even on the roadmap for release. I’m sure somebody armed with a wayward APK will get it working locally, but the experience is likely to be terrible on account of the lack of proximity to servers. Even for those who are close to the servers and have amazing internet, I’m keen to see how well Mortal Kombat 11 and other games that rely on low latency play.

Last Updated: November 12, 2019

19 Comments

  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 12, 2019 at 09:13

    That’s not even a single stadium, that’s what they’d call a small intimate venue.

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  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 12, 2019 at 09:13

    That’s not even a single stadium, that’s what they’d call a small intimate venue.

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  3. HairyEwok

    November 12, 2019 at 09:14

    That’s one stale list, nothing really to ogle over.

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  4. HairyEwok

    November 12, 2019 at 09:14

    That’s one stale list, nothing really to ogle over.

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  5. HairyEwok

    November 12, 2019 at 09:14

    That’s one stale list, nothing really to ogle over.

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  6. Pofadder

    November 12, 2019 at 09:49

    “Google does have studios set up to deliver more exclusives in the future” – Yeah it takes like at least 3 – 4 years for established studios to deliver quality games most of the time even longer. Stadia will be dead long before then.

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  7. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 12, 2019 at 09:13

    That’s not even a single stadium, that’s what they’d call a small intimate venue.

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  8. HvR

    November 12, 2019 at 09:14

    Stadia gone before Xmas 2020

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    • Admiral Chief

      November 12, 2019 at 10:14

      Agreed

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  9. Original Heretic

    November 12, 2019 at 09:30

    My interest in Stadia is Baldur’s Gate 3.

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    • Geoffrey Tim

      November 12, 2019 at 09:49

      Which is ALSO coming to PC anyway. IT was first shown during Stadia’s showcase, but itsnt exclusive at all.

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      • Original Heretic

        November 12, 2019 at 10:15

        Well then what’s the point of Stadia?

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        • Uberutang

          November 12, 2019 at 10:38

          There might be people near a data centre that want to play these games that don’t want to buy a gaming pc or console.

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        • Pariah

          November 12, 2019 at 10:21

          Exactly

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        • James

          November 12, 2019 at 11:31

          Don’t they get an exclusive period for Orcs Must Die 3 or something?

          Edit: I agree though, I don’t see the point other than to try and convince people that they can play this on their TV or phone provided they have superior broadband.

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        • geel slang

          November 13, 2019 at 12:49

          4K 60 FPS?

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  10. Llama In The Rift

    November 12, 2019 at 09:30

  11. G8crasha

    November 12, 2019 at 10:38

    Well, Googe aren’t the forerunners in offering this service, but maybe they will be the ones to make a success of it! They have enough cash and R&D skills to make something of it. The special sauce for them is apparently the codecs they use to stream the games. But something else that was interesting when I watched the tech video on this is that they are using AMD hardware. AMD has the console market, now they might have the video game streaming market. Hopefully they will never leave the discreet desktop GPU market, unless they are replaced by someone else, like Intel, who are working on a discreet GPU ATM!

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  12. Hammersteyn

    November 13, 2019 at 08:08

    Just one exclusive? How many people are they gonna Gylttrip into buying it?

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