Google Stadia was announced as Google‘s console killer platform earlier this year at GDC. While we still don’t know too much about the platform itself they have come to gamescom guns blazing. At their Stadia Connect livestream yesterday they confirmed several highly-anticipated games will be on the Stadia. For those out of the know, Google Stadia is a streaming platform, which feeds video of your play session from a remote server. The Stadia is set to launch this year on November 2019. Here are all the best games coming to the Stadia.
Google kicked off the Stadia Connect livestream with a bang by announcing that CD Projekt Red’s upcoming sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077 will be coming to the Stadia platform. Cyberpunk 2077’s Stadia version will assumedly launch at the same time as its other versions (April 16, 2020), but Google didn’t confirm as much during the livestream. Read everything we know about Cyberpunk 2077 here.
We already knew Destiny 2 is coming to Google Stadia, but the company reiterated the point during the Stadia Connect livestream by dropping a new trailer for the game’s upcoming Shadowkeep expansion. The Destiny 2 Google Stadia version will come with all existing DLCs as well as the upcoming Shadowkeep expansion and annual pass, which is scheduled to arrive September 17th.
Google’s Justin Taylor also confirmed that players will be able to bring their existing Guardians to Google Stadia‘s Destiny 2 using the game’s upcoming cross-save feature. However, as it currently stands, cross-save will only be available on Xbox One and PC, as Google says PS4 transfers are still pending approval from Sony.
The Elder Scrolls Online
Stadia fans who need an MMO fix will find what they seek in Zenimax’s The Elder Scrolls Online. Elder Scrolls Online’s Stadia port will support all of the game’s current content up to and including the recently launched Elsweyer expansion. Unfortunately, that’s all the good news I have left for Elder Scrolls. There won’t be cross-play available with PC or console players. Elder Scrolls players will have to deal with a localised niche ecosystem on launch. Hopefully, Stadia will grow enough to fill up ESO’s servers. Let’s just hope your data caps can handle it. So far there’s no release date out for this one.
That’s right, Gearbox’s highly-anticipated looter-shooter Borderlands 3 is coming to Google Stadia. Google marked the occasion during the Stadia Connect livestream by showing off a zany new trailer. “I’m really excited that someone will be able to play Borderlands 3 on a phone screen,” says producer Chris Brock. A demo shown when the service was revealed shows a player seamlessly switching from a desktop computer to a TV to a mobile phone, all with the same gaming experience.
Airship Syndicate’s and THQ Nordic’s upcoming top-down spin-off title Darksiders: Genesis is also coming to Google Stadia. In terms of story, the game will function as a prequel to previous Darksiders games. Offering additional insights into the motivations of protagonists War and Death.
Darksiders Genesis is a spinoff of the main series. It’s said to be a Diablo-style top-down RPG, in which you’ll hack and slash your way through dungeons and monsters, collecting loot along the way. There is currently no release date for the title on any platform.
Mortal Kombat 11
NetherRealm’s newest game, Mortal Kombat 11, will be rounding out Google Stadia’s fighting game roster. Stadia’s cloud-based online infrastructure might be a bit dicey for online competitive play, but it should be fine if all you care about are Mortal Kombat 11’s offline game modes. With frame-perfect inputs and combos, the genre proves a true test for streaming services like Stadia.