Google Stadia has launched its next big exclusive with Orcs Must Die! 3, which is out today on the streaming platform.
Having been out since the end of last year, Google Stadia has been building steadily (but unevenly) on the promise of its ability to stream games to a number of devices. Alongside a number of titles from third-party developers and publishers, Google has also been getting its own exclusives to call Stadia their home, with Orcs Must Die! 3 marking the latest Google Stadia exclusive that you can play right now.
During its Stadia Connect presentation, Google announced that Orcs Must Die! 3 has officially launched today on the streaming platform, allowing players on Stadia to once again fend off massive waves of orcs with different weapons and traps. Originally announced last year, Orcs Must Die! 3 marks the return of the cult classic tower defense series after it was last seen in Orcs Must Die! Unchained, a free-to-play iteration that launched in 2017 on PS4 and PC (and was shut down in 2019).
The game can be purchased for $29.99 on Google Stadia, but is also available to play free for Stadia Pro members, the platform’s premium membership subscription. At the moment, Orcs Must Die! 3 is an exclusive title to Google Stadia, but is timed exclusive and could appear on other platforms at a later date (it’s unclear just yet how long the exclusivity window for the game is).
With the game’s launch today, our own staff writer Josh Starr reviewed OMD3 and gave it a score of 7.0/10.0. As a longtime fan of the series, Josh felt that while the game is enjoyable and a welcome return for the series, OMD3 isn’t a huge overhaul from its predecessor Orcs Must Die! 2. He also noted that as a Stadia exclusive, OMD3 is also bearing the brunt of Stadia’s weaknesses, such as lag or problems from an inconsistent internet connection, sometimes uneven visual fidelity, and a confusing voice chat system. That said, those looking for an enjoyable tower defense series should still find a lot to like from OMD3, and you can read Josh’s full review right here.
Orcs Must Die! 3 is available now on Google Stadia.