Achievements, trophies, digital trinkets that make you feel good about spending a whole weekend playing video games have been a mainstay of gaming platforms for many years but Google’s Stadia will not have them, at lest not at launch.
Andrey Doronichev, Google Stadia’s Director of Products, responded to a question during an AMA on Reddit and said “Oh yes, achievements…as a lifelong gamer and a pathological overachiever, I love achievements! Of course we’ll have something similar to other platforms,” but added “however, it will not be there immediately at launch. Will come a bit later.”
Ubisoft have recently revealed that porting games to the platform is relatively cheap, ensuring the publishing can make some cash even if the install base is small to begin with.
“The extra cost to port, to make sure the games work well on Stadia is not that high,” said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot during an earnings call. “It’s part now of our pipelines and we have a good relationship with Stadia to make sure it’s profitable for us.”
“Now we are not speaking about 2.0 types of games that will need more work and this we will see more in the future action,” he added. I’m not entirely sure what he meant by 2.0 games but perhaps it is reference to titles being created for next generation.
Recently we discovered that Google Stadia’s only exclusive game, Gylt, does not appear to be a Stadia exclusive, and that games on the service would cost the same as those on consoles and PC.We also know that Stadia is it’s own ecosystem so you won’t be able to cross-play with PC gamers unless it is specifically programmed in.
Stadia will launch in November, reaching 14 countries, one of which will be the UK. The Founder’s Edition, which includes a special edition Night Blue controller, a Chromecast Ultra, Destiny 2, and two three month subscription – one for you and one for a friend, is available now. This costs $129 USD / $169 CAD / £119. Separate controllers will cost $69.99, and you will need a controller and Chromecast Ultra to join the service initially.
A Stadia Pro subscription will cost $9.99 USD / $11.99 CAD / £8.99, and includes streaming up to 4K and access to a growing catalogue of “older” games starting with Destiny 2 and expanding from there, but you’ll need to purchase the latest games outright if you want to play them on day one. A Stadia Base service will come in 2020 where you can simply purchase games outright. A minimum download capacity of 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream are required. For 4K with 5.1 surround sound, a speed of 35 Mbps is required.