The thought of a Google / YouTube based game streaming service is great, but its nothing with a strong line-up of Google Stadia games. But thankfully, Google has shed some light on the first wave of titles to expect on Google Stadia to expect to get access to if you want to sign up for its monthly subscription-based streaming service. And, boy are there a lot of them. Read on for the biggest Google Stadia games announced so far:
Baldur's Gate 3
The latest entry in the classic Dungeons and Dragons RPG series made a surprise announcement as part of the Google Stadia livestream, proving to be quite the start to Google's rather extensive line-up of titles. Brought to you by the team that made Divinity: Original Sin 2, Baldur's Gate 3 will be - true to the series - a game where you control a party of heroes, all with their own motivations and background. It looks like it'll be heavily story-driven - as you'd hope. No noise about a release date yet, but it's looking to be a Stadia launch title.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Gather your squad to take on your deadliest foe yet, the Wolves! 🐺Tom Clancy’s #GhostRecon Breakpoint is headed to Stadia.#StadiaConnect pic.twitter.com/OvcWmRsRcPJune 6, 2019
Ghost Recon Breakpoint is the second of Ubisoft's titles to take a whirl on Google's streaming services - the first being Assassin's Creed Odyssey on Google's pre-Stadia experiment, Project Stream. Starring John Bernthal as the leader of the rogue band of Ghosts known as Wolves, it's going to be quite the cinematic adventure. It's out on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on October 4, 2019.
If you wanted a game that's basically Alien Isolation x Little Nightmare + mannequins, well then I've got good news. Meet Gylt, a brand new game from Tequila Works (of Rime fame), which sees you play as a young girl named Sally, who's looking for her missing cousin Emily in a strange and sometimes terrifying world. It's a single-player, puzzle / adventure game, and looks rather epic indeed.
Move over Moving Out, because Get Packed is another game about moving house and looks just as crazy. I thought moving house normally was crazy, but Get Packed really ups the ante, Overcooked style, with four-player co-op.
Destiny 2: The Collection
Destiny 2: The Collection gives you all of Destiny 2 in one place - and yes, that includes the upcoming Shadowkeep expansion. It'll allow you to experience the full breadth of Destiny and its world, all on Google Stadia.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Originally release in 2016 on PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is making the leap over to be one of the first Google Stadia games. This role-playing fighting game should be a great fit for quick multiplayer matches using the Stadia streaming service.
Bethesda's latest foray into the beloved alien-smushing series, Doom Eternal, is going to be a great addition to the Google Stadia games launch lineup. The game itself is also coming to Switch, PC, Xbox One, and PS4, although it currently doesn't actually have a release date pinned down. However, you know that we're going to find out more at the Bethesda E3 2019 conference within the next week, so stay tuned.
Like Ubisoft, Bethesda is obviously a huge partner for Google Stadia, and the fact that Wolfenstein: Youngblood, among other Bethesda titles, is coming to the streaming service stat is a huge acknowledgement of that. It's arriving on Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch on July 26 though, so expect to see exactly how this co-op tale plays out then.
Released earlier this year, Metro Exodus is a powerful tale of post-apocalyptic Russia, but also one of the best shooters in years. It's a gigantic, seamless open-world game, so it'll be quite the test for the Google Stadia streaming network. Its stealth mechanics, dynamic world, and deadly enemies are definitely something to experience if you haven't already.
The fast-paced, so-called rhythm violence of Thumper is going to be an interesting test on Stadia's streaming service, given that it's so reliant on precision movement and responding in time to the music. Any lag at all is going to be death, after death, after death (yes, even more than usual), but if it works, what a game to have access to via Google Stadia.
A brand new fighting game by SNK, due for release in a matter of weeks, Samurai Shodown is also going to be part of the Google Stadia games line-up. It's set during the 18th Century during the Sakoku or seclusion period of Japanese history, but it's also got fictional monsters. It should be rather brilliant.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
The huge, huge world of Assassin's Creed Odyssey is en route to Stadia too, but that shouldn't come as much of a surprise after the game's premiere on Google's Project Stream test. Ubisoft's foray into Ancient Greece came out at the end of last year, but that doesn't mean it's too late to catch up with the adventures of protagonists Kassandra or Alexios.
The Division 2
The glorious co-op MMORPG that is The Divison 2 is another in the Ubisoft line-up coming to Google Stadia, and what a game it is. The constantly evolving world will be a great boon for Stadia, and the thought of being able to play it anywhere I have a Chrome browser is really exciting.
The ride, die, repeat loop that is Trials Rising is another Ubisoft title for Stadia, and it's the perfect sort of 15 minute gameplay session that could work on your lunch break. It may just spell disaster.
Borderlands 3 isn't due to be released until September 13 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but that hasn't stopped it making its way onto the first wave of Google Stadia games. It continues on the story from Borderlands 2, just seven years later, and from what we've seen so far, it's all change for our favorite Vault Hunters.
Football Manager 2020
Sneakily announced as part of the sizzle reel for all the upcoming Google Stadia games, Football Manager 2020 is on the way and it's coming to Google Stadia too. Interestingly, it was confirmed that there wouldn't be another full version for Xbox One or PS4, so it'll be in your interest to check it out on Stadia for that 'play anywhere' feeling.
Mortal Kombat 11
Another brilliant addition to the Google Stadia games collection is Mortal Kombat 11, the latest in NetherRealm's mad, gory fighting series. It's a game that really knows its audience, and it might just find a new one on Stadia.
Final Fantasy 15
Originally released in 2016, I for one know I haven't spent enough time playing Final Fantasy 15, so to see it grace the Google Stadia games lineup is super exciting. You'll be able to catch up with the adventures of Noctis and the gang on the world of Eos, complete with rideable Chocobos and a flying car. Neat.
Tomb Raider / Rise of the Tomb Raider / Shadow of the Tomb Raider
The full trilogy of new Tomb Raider games are coming to Stadia, which means you're getting the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and the most recent Shadow of the Tomb Raider on the platform. That's a hell of a lot of Lara in one place.
The newly announced spin-off, Darksiders Genesis, is another Stadia addition. It's a top-down, Diablo-style event, which marks a big shift from the third-person action style of the core series.
Just Dance 2020
Another newly announced title, Just Dance 2020 will no doubt be an interesting addition for Google Stadia. How exactly it will work is definitely a question I'm now asking, seeing as it's all about motion tracking and actually judging your dance ability.
Although Rage 2 hasn't done that well at the review stage, it's still making its way to Google's streaming service. If you want a bit of neon-painted post-apocalyptic action on your Chrome, this is the one for you.