Google has announced a plethora of brand new games at today’s Stadia Connect, including Stadia exclusive titles and partnerships.
The latest Stadia Connect today was perhaps the best yet, showing off a handful of brand new titles — some of which are Stadia exclusive, along with several new additions to the Stadia roster of games. Here’s the quick breakdown for all of Google’s biggest announcements:
Exclusive on Stadia:
Outcasters is a new competitive multiplayer title from developer Splash Damage, where you will face off in battles of up to eight players. With millions of customization options at your fingertips to make your Caster all your own, Outcasters looks like an exciting multiplayer-focused addition to the Stadia lineup:
Orcs Must Die! 3 is the latest entry in the long-running series, and claimable exclusively on Stadia Pro right now. This new game adds in the brand new War Scenarios that will pit players and friends against the largest and most fearsome army of orcs.
The last of the exclusive news came from the reveal that several well-known game developers are signed on to create Stadia exclusive games. Included in the reveal are Harmonix, Uppercut Games, and Supermassive Games. What will come out of this partnership remains to be seen, but as these developers are known for the quality, I’m sure whatever they make will be good gets for Stadia.
New Games Announced:
Some brand new games that aren’t necessarily exclusive to Google’s platform were announced too!
Coming first to Stadia this fall, bombs will be exploding with Super Bomberman R Online, as the series gets its own battle royale experience. In Super Bomberman R Online, 64 players will be able to battle while decked out with new customization options, including existing items from the original Super Bomberman R along with new ones, such as (for the first time) Bomb Skins. These unique cosmetics will affect both the bomb and the blast, too.
One Hand Clapping, now in early access if you have Stadia Pro, is a unique puzzle platformer where you have to sing into your headset to complete puzzles. You can work on your singing skills and your puzzle-solving skills at the same time while exploring its charming musical world.
The famous horror multiplayer game Dead by Daylight is also heading to Stadia in September along with cross-play functionality with all platforms and special cross-progression between the Nintendo Switch and PC versions. If you aren’t familiar with the game, a team of friends work to survive and escape from a monstrous horror that works to kill you off, one-by-one. The Stadia version will come with two new features that are exclusive to Stadia: Crowd Play and Crowd Choice. These will let YouTube streamers host a community vote that will influence the match, giving viewers the power to choose the role that the streamer will play. Crowd Play will let the influencer even invite their communities to join in a game via a trial with just a touch of a button.
Stadia will be dropping into PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS on July 30 with Season 8, allowing users to experience all of the new features coming with update 8.1.
Next on the list, Agent 47 is hopping on the Stadia train on September 1 with the first two Hitman games in the World of Assassination Trilogy, with the promise of the third and final game in January.
Serious Sam 4 will be launching for Stadia alongside the PC release in August, taking place as a prequel to the series. This new entry will serve up the same one-liners, explosive arsenal, and intergalactic violence the series is known for.
Sports fans have some news to be happy about, as NBA 2K21 (this fall), PGA Tour 2K21 (August 21), and WWE 2K Battlegrounds (September 18) are joining Stadia’s library. With NBA and PGA, players will get to play the latest updates to the longtime series, while Battlegrounds is a brand new arcade-style wrestling game that will be fun for casual and passionate wrestling fans alike.
Last year’s critical ninja darling and winner of the Game of the Year at Video Game Awards, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, is coming this fall too, letting Stadia users die over and over again wherever they go. We loved the game, giving Sekiro a 9.0 in our review when it released last year.
The last of the game reveals at today’s Connect was that Hello Neighbor and Hello Neighbor: Hide & Seek will both be playable with Stadia Pro at launch later this year. That means Pro subscribers will be able to sneak around their neighbor’s houses, wherever they are, on any of the Stadia compatible devices.
Leaving Stadia Pro:
In slightly less cool news, it was revealed that The Elder Scrolls Online is leaving Stadia Pro on July 16. But with all these new announcements, this brings the Pro’s library up to 20 games. Enough to keep most busy on the subscription service.
This was a big Stadia Connect for the platform. It addressed two of the biggest critiques of the platform that critics and players alike have: there aren’t any standout exclusives, and there aren’t any new games. With developers like Harmonix and Supermassive locked in for some exclusive titles, things may be starting an upswing, but the success of the Stadia hinges on if they can keep this momentum up.