During today’s Stadia Connect livestream Google unveiled that their game streaming service will launch this November with pricing plans beginning at $9.99.
Following its announcement in March, we finally now know when we’ll be able to dive into Google’s “future of gaming”. Not only that we know how much it’ll cost, which developers have jumped on board, and which games will be available at launch.
While we already know that Ubisoft and Bethesda had games planned for Stadia, a HUGE number of new developers have also been revealed as developing games for the service, what’s more, Larian Studios announced that Baldur’s Gate 3 exists and will be coming to Stadia.
Granted, the just-under-30-minute live stream was a little to the point with very little in the way of new news. Outside of Baldur’s Gate 3, we saw a handful of games we kind of already expected following previous announcements. This included Ghost Recon Breakpoint, The Division 2, and RAGE 2, to name a few.
A new game was also unveiled from Rime developer Tequila Works called GYLT. It looked to be a pretty interesting little survival horror game. We also saw another look at Get Packed, an Overcooked-like party game where players frantically move furniture out of their houses.
As for surprises, Google did announce the service’s pricing kicking off with Stadia Pro for $9.99 a month. This will give players full access to games, including updates and post-release content. In addition to this, they announced the Stadia Founder’s Edition. This exclusive package will come with “all you need” to play for $129 and can be pre-ordered now.
Included in the Founder’s Edition is a Chromecast Ultimate, A limited edition Google Stadia controller, three months Stadia Pro subscription as well as a Buddy Pass that’ll give players’ friends the chance to grab three months Pro Subscription themselves. Oh, and full access to Destiny 2 including the upcoming Shadowkeeper expansion. That’s right, Destiny 2 will be coming to Stadia, too.
Finally, Google announced that Stadia will be launching this November in 14 countries: United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.
Outside of exciting reveals, Google also touched upon some of the concerns that players had regarding internet speeds. In order to get the best experience possible, players are required to have a 35Mbps connection, this will give them 4K HDR streams with 5.1 surround sound. However, Google did also say that those with connections as low as 10Mbps will be able to play Stadia at 720p at 60 frames per second.
Overall, it was an exciting outlook on what Stadia has to offer, however, there are still plenty of questions that players may have ahead of the services’ official launch.