Google Stadia received a lot of new details this week, including what we can expect to pay for it, what sort of internet connection you’ll need to run its games looking their best, and an estimated release date. While all that information is useful, what we really want to know about Google’s potentially revolutionary new game streaming service is what games will be available for us to play at launch. Here are all the Google Stadia games that have been revealed so far.
All Google Stadia games confirmed and rumored
DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2
While not as graphically intensive as many of the other games on this list, as Xenoverse 2 released in 2016, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 will be a real test for Stadia as it’s a fighting game based around quick, frenetic combat. Any slowdown in this case will kill the game, so it’s an interesting one to show.
The latest game in the venerable Doom series was announced for Stadia when the service was first announced, so clearly id Software was impressed by Google’s platform. As a highly-intensive fast-paced shooter with the latest and most stressful graphics technology, if Stadia can adequetely run Doom Eternal, it can probably run any game.
The other big FPS from Bethesda still to come this year (it’s due out in July) is the latest entry in MachineGames’ Wolfenstein series. Youngblood not only boasts fast gameplay like Doom Eternal, but it’s also meant to be played co-operatively too, putting extra stress on Stadia to perform since it has to run the game twice on two systems.
Destiny 2 and the new expansion Shadowkeep will be coming to Google Stadia, and Bungie will make the complete Destiny 2 collection available for the Stadia Founder’s edition. While Destiny 2 isn’t quite as fast-paced as some other shooters on this list, some of the harder fights and PvP modes will be annoying if they lag. We’ll see.
Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid
Another fighting game, but this is probably the least stressful game on this list, as it was originally released on Nintendo Switch and isn’t really that graphically impressive. Shouldn’t be a problem for Stadia over all the other games on this list.
Baldur’s Gate 3
As rumored, the long-awaited Baldur’s Gate 3 was announced at the Stadia show and confirmed for PC and Stadia only. It’s being developed by Larian, the creators of Divinity: Original Sin 2, and at the moment Stadia is the only way to play this eagerly-anticipated RPG on consoles, so it’s a big get for the service.
Thumper is a “rhythm violence,” mixing traditional rhythm games like Beat Saber or Guitar Hero with more action gameplay. As such it’s incredibly fast-paced and utterly reliant on a smooth framerate, so Stadia will have to get this one just right. Fortunately it’s not a massively graphics-intensive game, at least.
The latest game in the GRID series of racing games from Codemasters is due in September this year, so will be one of the most graphically advanced racing games around. Combining speed, quick reactions, and powerful technology, not to mention online play, GRID will be a real test of Stadia’s capabilities.
The latest fighting game from SNK, Samurai Shodown may not be significantly graphically advanced, but it does require quick reflexes and an absence of slowdown to work. There’s also the question of whether Stadia players will be able to cross-play with other systems, but we guess that goes for all the multiplayer games on this list…
Metro Exodus is not a fast-paced shooter, and doesn’t require as quick reflexes and gameplay as Doom Eternal, but it’s also one of the most systems-intensive and graphically impressive games around. If Stadia gets it running in 4K, HDR, without lag, it will be a feather in Google’s cap.
Football Manager 2020
Considering Football Manager 2020 runs on phones, this is probably the least impressive game on this list. However, it’s also a good get for Stadia, since the ability to play it anywhere, on any system from PC and consoles to phones and tablets, and keep your progress in a cloud, is exactly what the system is used for. It’s the most addictive game on this list for sure, and the ability to play it at home on your TV or PC and then take it with you on the bus to work on just your regular phone… well, that’s the gaming future we all want, really.
Get Packed is a new game exclusively for Google Stadia, with ridiculous physics and multiplayer gameplay, and a look that’s more than a little Overcooked. It looks a lot of fun, and hopefully it’ll be free on the Pro service.
The Division 2
Ubisoft has been a big supporter of Stadia, and having such a big game such as The Division 2 on the service is an important get for Google. While we can’t imagine playing it on phones or tablets, being online and not too fast-paced it should work well with Stadia.
The Elder Scrolls Online
Another online-focused game that doesn’t require too quick reactions, and where lag is common, Elder Scrolls Online should be a good fit for Stadia. Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield, now, that’s another matter…
The Crew 2
An open-world racing game that’s highly graphically intensive? It’ll be a good test for Stadia, for sure. However, as the game wasn’t that stable online to begin with, players may be a bit more forgiving of this one.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
The original Stadia game, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was the test game for Stadia before it even had a name, and when the service was revealed Odyssey was the game Google used to demonstrate it to press. It works fine! But will it work as well in the real world?
Ghost Recon Breakpoint
The upcoming and just recently announced Ghost Recon game will also be coming to Stadia. If it can do Assassin’s Creed Odyssey we don’t see why not, although the open-world co-op shooter play will be a good test. However, it’s odd that Rainbow Six Siege isn’t on this list.
While not the most systems-intensive games in the world (although they all look nice), the latest Trials will be a big test of Stadia, since any lag or slowdown is fatal. If it lags at all on Stadia, the world will know immediately.
Getting the latest Borderlands game on board with Stadia is a big get for Google, and if it plays proper shared world loot shooters like Destiny 2 and The Division 2 then a mere co-op loot shooter shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Those fights get pretty intensive though…
While the online side will be touch and go, as any lag will make gameplay difficult in the latest NBA game from 2K, as Stadia only has a single room to render it shouldn’t find this one too much of a problem.
Farming Simulator 19
Another game, like Football Manager 2020, that might be a potential stealth hit for Stadia is the latest Farming Simulator. It’s always consistently popular, and the ability to move your game from PC to TV to phone, anywhere and any when, will be a big deal for fans.
Mortal Kombat 11
The most advanced fighting game on this list, the latest Mortal Kombat requires great graphics, online play, and quick reflexes. A good test for Stadia.
While Rage 2 can be fast-paced and intensive, it’s the least impressive FPS from Bethesda on Stadia, so if it can run Doom Eternal it can run this.
Another exclusive game for Stadia is Gylt, which looks like an interesting mix of the movie Coraline, Little Nightmares, and The Evil Within 2. Should be fun.
Tomb Raider Trilogy
That’s the recent Crystal Dynamics trilogy: Tomb Raider, Rise, and last year’s Shadow. They look great and will die with too much lag, but shouldn’t be a problem for Stadia.
FINAL FANTASY XV
If it’s the latest PC version of the game with revamped graphics, this will a great test for Stadia, especially with the multiplayer side.
Just Dance 2020
Ubisoft’s desire to put Just Dance on every single platform known to mankind continues unabated. If it runs on Wii, it should be fine for Stadia.