Stadia, the Cloud Gaming service by Google has just blown its first candle in November 2020. Unfortunately, we can not really say that the service is up to the revolution announced by Google. A few days ago, Phil Harrison, the boss of Google Stadia, confirmed the closure of “Stadia Games & Entertainment” as well as the departure of its manager of the development studios: Jade Raymond.
Harrison also announced that Stadia could opt for a “significant opportunity to work with partners in the search for a gaming solution based on the technical infrastructure and advanced platform tools of Stadia.” Despite everything, this opportunity should not prevent the platform from offering new experiences to its subscribers. Thus, in 2021, more than 100 new games “should” arrive on Stadia.
Play on Stadia, but without exclusivity!
Obviously, Google no longer wants to develop games and offer exclusives to players, but the American giant still wants to attract third-party publishers. Thus, we learn via a new article on the official Stadia blog that more than a hundred games are planned for this year 2021. The list of the first nine games has even been revealed.
- Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition – February 23
- Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut – February 23
- Kaze and the Wild Masks – March 26
- It Came From Space And Ate Our Brains – March 2
- FIFA 21 – March 17
- Judgment – April 23
- Killer Queen Black – TBD
- Street Power Footballl – TBD
- Hellpoint – to be determined
FIFA 21 and Judgment games stand out a bit on this list of mostly indie games. It seems hard to believe that Stadia will be able to compete with Microsoft’s XCloud or Amazon’s Luna by offering no exclusives and with a majority of independent third-party games.
Last year, Google promised over 120 new games for the Stadia catalog. A promise that will not be kept. Still in 2020, Google criticized third-party publishers for not making an effort to offer new games on its platform. Obviously, the year 2021 seems to be a logical continuation. We still hope that some nice surprises will be announced in the coming weeks!