Google Stadia, for all its faults, tantalising glimpses of what could be in the future of gaming and a currently lacklustre selection of games, isn’t going anywhere soon. The search engine responsible for making me sweat like a trooper whenever my mom uses my PC and types anything that starts with a “P-O-R” in the search bar is still struggling to set itself up as the next big dog in the gaming yard, as people haven’t exactly been bowled over by the service so far.
To remedy that, Google’s looking to flex some chunky gaming muscles by introducing more high-profile games into its service. Yesterday’s Stadia Connect event announced that the likes of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Outriders will be streaming through its servers, while Super Bomberman R Online will pop up as a timed exclusive.
Here’s what Google had to say in an event that was purely focused on games and nothing else:
Orcs Must Die! 3
Robot Entertainment’s tower-defense series expands with this threequel, which will be a timed exclusive on Google Stadia. It’s out right now, if you feel like litterin the screen with the corpses of a thousand dead greenskins.
One Hand Clapping
I actually like the sound of this game! HAW! One Hand Clapping is another timed exclusive, albeit it with a unique twist: You’ll need to overcome obstacles and puzzles in this 2D platformer, by singing your way to victory.
Another timed exclusive! Outcasters looks completely alright, a top down multiplayer shooter from developer Splash Damage, that’ll have you grinding away for cosmetics. Kind of cute, actually.
Super Bomberman R Online
Pretty much a sequel to Super Bomberman R but now with added battle royale flavour yo. This one caps out at 64 players in the arena, although good luck finding that many people to join you in a game of frantic explosions.
And here’s a bunch of older games joining the Stadia library
- PGA Tour 2K21 – August 21
- Serious Sam – 4 August
- Hitman – September 1
- Hitman 2 – September 1
- WWE 2K Battlegrounds – September 18
- Dead by Daylight – September
- NBA 2K21
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
- Hello Neighbor – September 20
- Hello Neighbor: Hide & Seek
- Hitman 3 – January 2021
And that’s all she wrote! Google Stadia is now nearly a year old, and there’s still a lot missing from the service that the initial reveal promised. If this is a look at the future of gaming through streaming, then Google’s entire tight-lipped approach isn’t going to win itself any fans in the face of competition such as PlayStation Now or Microsoft’s upcoming Project xCloud.
Last Updated: July 15, 2020
Llama In The Rift
July 15, 2020 at 11:12
Unless they figure out “Quantum Entanglement” i don’t see this picking up traction until the technology and infrastructure is in place, your RPG’s and such sure, if you can live with a bit of input lag but on the competitive side it’s not gonna work for a while.
July 15, 2020 at 08:25
This would be of great interest to me, if we got Stadia in SA officially! In truth though, I really hope this concept achieves traction, although I’m sure Sony, Microsoft, AMD, and Nvidia won’t be over the moon about it. I am very curious to see where all this goes though. MS I think already has something in the pipeline, and I expect Sony is investigating the idea. Nvidia has something similar with Geforce Now, and AMD…well, I don’t know of anything, although I might be wrong. Interesting times in more ways than one!
July 15, 2020 at 12:17
D, why do the Portuguese make you sweat?