Google Stadia expands launch day line-up with ten more games

Humza

TechSpot Staff
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Last week, Google revealed its rather small library of twelve games playable at launch with fourteen more to be added before the year's end. While the announcement left many fans disappointed, some might be pleased to know that ten games from the service's post-launch period have now made it into Stadia's day-one catalog.

The new additions bring much needed variety to the platform, including racing and sports games that were lacking in the original line-up, while Stadia Pro players will get Samurai Showdown as the second freebie to go with Destiny 2, the only free to play game being offered initially.

Google Stadia will now be launching tomorrow with these games:

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  • Attack on Titan: Final Battle 2
  • Destiny 2: The Collection (Stadia Pro)
  • Farming Simulator 2019
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Football Manager 2020
  • Grid 2019
  • Gylt
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Kine
  • Metro Exodus
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • NBA 2K20
  • Rage 2
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Samurai Shodown (Stadia Pro)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Thumper
  • Tomb Raider 2013
  • Trials Rising
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Though the list still leaves much to be desired, it's certainly an improvement that almost doubles the previous launch line-up. Lack of content, however, is just one of the many challenges facing Stadia in the short- and long-term.

Many users feel that the service might have been rushed out the door since we recently came to know that it will be missing several features on launch, including 4K streaming on PC. Then there's the sword hanging over Stadia, and subsequently developers, who fear that Google 'is just going to cancel' the service.

The biggest threat though, apart from traditional gaming platforms, is competition from Microsoft. The latter has and will be spending a couple of months testing xCloud in closed beta before going live sometime next year, with a game library that recently expanded by 50 titles in its preview phase alone, likely giving users much less to complain about in terms of content when it ultimately arrives in 2020.

For now though, Google has its fingers crossed with Stadia that's just one day away from launch in 14 countries, including the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, Sweden, France, and Italy.

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SirDigby

TS Evangelist
Platinum
All the others aside, how the hell will Just Dance 2020 work? Does Stadia allow camera integration with your phone/ smart TV/ whatever they integrate it with? Or can you use a controller for that game?


 

m4a4

TS Evangelist
All the others aside, how the hell will Just Dance 2020 work? Does Stadia allow camera integration with your phone/ smart TV/ whatever they integrate it with? Or can you use a controller for that game?
Just dance can have touchscreen controls (2 "d-pad" style controls). There's no way they'll expect competent 3D camera's (at a distance with a tiny screen) for the game.
 

SirDigby

TS Evangelist
Platinum
Just dance can have touchscreen controls (2 "d-pad" style controls). There's no way they'll expect competent 3D camera's (at a distance with a tiny screen) for the game.
Playing it with touch screen controls or the stadia game pad? What the hell is even the point! That'd be boring AF.
 

m4a4

TS Evangelist
Playing it with touch screen controls or the stadia game pad? What the hell is even the point! That'd be boring AF.
Oh, right, that was only referring to the touchscreen version (if you've seen such "dance" apps).
It'll just use the thumbsticks on the controller then.
 

SirDigby

TS Evangelist
Platinum
Oh, right, that was only referring to the touchscreen version (if you've seen such "dance" apps).
It'll just use the thumbsticks on the controller then.
I'm not even a dance game / app person, I'm just laughing at the prospect of a dance game where you don't dance... :p
 

MrK66

TS Rookie
A bunch of old and boring games with a few new ones. What a waste of money. If you do something like this, do it right from the beginning. But then again, it's Google. They bring in so much money every second that they wont even care if it fails.
I already own some of the games on that list and that is how I want it. Also I don't want to depend on an Internet connection just to be able to play a single player game. This is something for the console people.