With E3 2019 right around the corner, Google announced a slew of details surrounding what it refers to as the "future of gaming": Google Stadia. The streaming platform from Google will offer high-quality streaming by way of users' favored devices, up to and including smartphones, TVs, and computers.
During the Stadia Connect presentation, where Google lined out some of the system's most important details, such as pricing, a vague release date window, and other important details about how the service will perform, we had our first look at some of the games we can expect to see on the system.
We've compiled all of the games from the presentation, as well as a handy list that Google itself compiled, that will be hitting the system when it debuts this November for Google Stadia Founder's Edition early adopters. From the newly-announced Baldur's Gate 3 to the hotly-anticipated Ghost Recon Breakpoint, there's a lot to take in. Stadia is going to be a wild ride, and we can't wait to see which games finally come to roost on the system.
Rime developer Tequila Works shared its Google Stadia exclusive title Gylt, which is billed as a "haunting single player puzzle adventure game." The accompanying trailer aired during the original Stadia presentation, and showed off a young girl named Sally who's tasked with exploring a strange new world while seeking out her missing cousin Emily. The presentation wasn't very forthcoming with additional details about what to expect, but the atmospheric nature of the trailer certainly makes us want to get our hands on it sooner rather than later.
One of Google Stadia's first true exclusives is the wacky physics-based multiplayer party game Get Packed, which invites everyone to compete in a series of strange mini-games. From our brief glimpse at the game during the Google Stadia Connect presentation, we could ascertain that it's going to be chock-full of explosions, cars you hop behind the wheel of, a series of breakable objects, and much more. It will support both local and online multiplayer and is targeting a 2020 launch for Stadia.
Destiny 2: The Collection
After multiple leaks mentioned Destiny 2 would indeed be coming to Google Stadia, the official announcement hit today during the Stadia Connect presentation. Google and Bungie confirmed that all of Destiny 2 (every single bit of it) will be headed to the platform, with all current, existing DLC in addition to the new Shadowkeep expansion and annual pass, which is headed out to retail this September. Destiny 2: The Collection will be the first free game players can download with their Stadia Pro monthly subscription, available with the special Founder's Edition.
Baldur's Gate 3
After a lengthy tease by Larian Studios for fans of the popular RPG games, eager gamers dug into the code on Larian's website and discovered that the company was indeed working on a new entry in the Baldur's Gate series. Larian Studios officially revealed Baldur's Gate 3 during the Google Stadia livestream, and announced that it will be making its way to the Stadia at some point when the service debuts. There weren't many details other than that, but we did get a brief look at the game – and it's looking pretty wicked.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint
The latest entry in the Ghost Recon franchise had already been revealed earlier this month: Ghost Recon Breakpoint, starring actor Jon Bernthal as a "key component" to the game, as our own Ozzie Mejia mentioned in his preview. Players crash land on an unknown island in an unfamiliar area, and there will be no mission briefings for players to follow. Instead, they'll have to work together if they want to survive. The game is headed to Google Stadia, as announced during the Stadia Connect presentation, in tandem with a brand new trailer showcasing some of the grittiness players can expect from the game.
The Division 2
The tactical team shooter The Division 2 is bringing its unique twist on open world action to Google's streaming platform, as revealed during the Stadia Connect presentation. It's already available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, but now it'll be bringing the raucous action and intense multiplayer firefights to the Stadia for a whole new set of users as players work to free Washington D.C. from those who seek to oppress it. You can bet we'll hear more about The Division 2 making the jump to Stadia when E3 2019 rolls around in under a week's time.
This Diablo-style spinoff of the Darksiders series wasn't touched on during the presentation, but shortly afterward. It will indeed be coming to the Google Stadia as well. Developer Airship Syndicate will bring the game to life, which follows the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, STRIFE, as he works to save all of humankind from the nefarious Lucifer. It will include "intense combat, exploration, puzzle-solving, epic boss battles, and serpent holes from heaven to hell." Darksiders Genesis will mark the first time Darksiders has dabbled in games with a top-down perspective. We can expect to hear more about the game during E3 2019.
We've just gone over the highlights from the first official Stadia Connect stream. To wrap up, according to the official Google Stadia homepage, here's a listing of every game currently confirmed for the Stadia that we know of, confirmed via Google's official Stadia website:
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey - Ubisoft
- Baldur’s Gate 3 - Larian Studios
- Borderlands 3 - 2K
- The Crew 2 - Ubisoft
- Darksiders Genesis - THQ Nordic
- Destiny 2 - Bungie
- Doom - Bethesda Softworks
- Doom Eternal - Bethesda Softworks
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - Bandai Namco
- The Elder Scrolls Online - Bethesda Softworks
- Farming Simulator 19 - Giants Software
- Final Fantasy 15 - Square Enix
- Football Manager - Sega
- Get Packed - Coatsink
- GRID - Codemasters
- Gylt - Tequila Works
- Just Dance - Ubisoft
- Metro Exodus - Deep Silver
- Mortal Kombat 11 - Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- NBA 2K - 2K
- Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid - nWay Games
- Rage 2 - Bethesda Softworks
- Rise of the Tomb Raider - Square Enix
- Samurai Shodown - SNK
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider - Square Enix
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint - Ubisoft
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 - Ubisoft
- Tomb Raider Definitive Edition - Square Enix
- Thumper - Drool
- Trials Rising - Ubisoft
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood - Bethesda Softworks
You can expect that plenty more additional titles will be announced from now until the Founder's Edition debut in November 2019. When they're announced, we'll continue to update this list with more information about the titles confirmed for launch and an eventual debut on the system. For now, be sure to keep it locked to Shacknews for additional updates on everything Google Stadia.