Amid concerns that its commitment to Stadia is not what it once was, Google has announced that more than 100 new titles will hit their game streaming service this year, in addition to headlines launch day for some of them.
“We are thrilled to continue to bring some great games from some of the best developers for our players to experience inside the Stadia store,” the Stadia team wrote in a community blog post. “Over the next few weeks and months, players can expect to see everything from fully functional RPGs to competitive co-op titles and flexible platformers.”
The nine games described in detail are Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition (coming February 23), Shantae: Risky Revenge – Director’s Cut (February 23), It Came From Space and Ate Our Brains (2 March), FIFA 21 (March 17), and Kaze and the Wild Masks (March 26), Review (April 23), as well as Killer Queen Black, Power Street Football and Hellpoint (all “coming to life”. soon ”).
Add to that the fact that “more than 100 games” are hitting Google Stadia during 2021, and it’s clear that the Stadia team is trying to reassure gamers that the streaming service is here for the long run, even if Google doesn’t develop more in-house titles.
The future of Stadia
The nine games that have been specifically mentioned in Stadia community forums have already been mentioned or at least rumored, but you can see detailed descriptions for all of them (and launch drawers for some of them ) by reading through the blog post in full.
Google has previously stated that about 400 games currently in the pipeline should make their way to the Stadia platform when they launch, so it’s likely to be around a quarter of those are due to appear by the end of the calendar year.
Having launched to the general public back in November 2019, it has not been a trouble-free first year for Stadia. It will take time for key features to appear and for several devices to be approved as compatible, while competitive game streaming services from the likes of Microsoft and Nvidia continue to enhance their respective profiles.
Still, with next-gen consoles continuing to prove hard to catch up, it gives Google Stadia the idea of selling a cloud game to more users. We recently heard that Google is going to discontinue Stadia on Chromebooks in the future as well.