Google Stadia’s game streaming service will launch next week on 19th November, but it’s only now that Google have revealed the games that will be available to play on day one and through the rest of the year. Twelve games in total will be there on day one with a further fourteen joining the catalogue through 2019.
Here’s the games that Founder’s Edition buyers lucky enough to get their controller and Chromecast Ultra on day one – which isn’t guaranteed – will be able to buy and play:
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Destiny 2: The Collection
- Just Dance 2020
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Red Dead Redemption II
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
- Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
- Samurai Shodown
That’s… not the greatest launch lineup in history. Over half of them are from before 2019 – Tomb Raider Definitive Edition is by far the oldest, having first come out in 2013 – and it certainly feels like, with Samurai Shodown and Mortal Kombat 11 alongside Thumper, that they want to prove the streaming service’s credentials on low latency gaming. Gylt is the one launch day exclusive, coming from the makers of Rime.
It’s worth bearing in mind, given the age of the line up, that we don’t yet know the pricing of these. Founder’s and Premiere Edition buyers also get three months of Stadia Pro, which grants subscribers Destiny 2: The Collection for free and one additional game per month, but beyond that you’ll have to buy the games you want to play.
Thankfully, the last month and a half of the year is looking to be much more up to date and with better games. There’s still a mix of new and old, but there’s more titles that pop from the list:
- Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
- Borderlands 3
- Darksiders Genesis
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Farming Simulator 19
- Final Fantasy XV
- Football Manager 2020
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Metro Exodus
- NBA 2K20
- Rage 2
- Trials Rising
- Wolfenstein Youngblood
Compared to the previous game line up reveal (which did not specify games that would be there on day one or not), several have slipped out of the list. This includes Doom, Doom Eternal (which was obviously delayed to 2020), Get Packed, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, The Crew 2, The Elder Scrolls Online and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.
So, what are your thoughts on Stadia’s launch line up?