Stadia Connect Announces New Games, Timed Exclusives …

KEY POINTS

  • Google’s cloud gaming service Stadia announced a few games that are coming to the platform through its Stadia Connect event
  • “Super Bomberman R Online,” “Orcs Must Die! 3,” and “One Hand Clapping” are a few of the games that are about to be playable on Stadia
  • Google didn’t have much to say about how Stadia features like crowd play and state share are coming along, or why they appear to only be available for a few games at the moment

Stadia Connect, Google’s streaming event announcing new games for the cloud gaming service, announced some new games are coming to the platform.

“Super Bomberman R Online,” the follow up to 2017’s “Super Bomberman R,” now comes with a 64-player battle royale mode as a timed exclusive. There will be more customization options and additional characters. It will also be coming to Stadia first this fall.

“Orcs Must Die! 3” is out now and free with Stadia Pro. The third game in Robot Entertainment’s tower-defense series is part of a small but growing list of Stadia timed exclusives. You can go play it right now (if you’re willing to buy it on Stadia or pay for a Pro membership).

In the case of “One Hand Clapping,” this 2D musical puzzle platformer has you sing into a mic in order to solve puzzles and get around obstacles.

Splash Damage is making an online shooter for Stadia called “Outcasters.” This is a light and whimsical grind-for-custom-cosmetics multiplayer shooter you might find in an arcade.

Three other developers have Stadia games in the works, notes Kotaku. Harmonix the developers of “Rockband,” Uppercut Games, developers of “City of Brass,” and Supermassive Games, developers of “Until Dawn,” are all working with the Stadia Games development team to make exclusives for the streaming platform.

A few other old games and some new ones will continue trickling onto the platform over the next several months:

  • PGA Tour 2K21 (August 21)
  • Serious Sam 4 (August)
  • Hitman 1 (September 1)
  • Hitman 2 (September 1)
  • WWE 2K Battlegrounds (September 18)
  • Dead by Daylight (September)
  • NBA 2K21 (Fall 2020)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Fall 2020)
  • Outriders (Holiday 2020)
  • Hello Neighbor (September 20)
  • Hello Neighbor: Hide & Seek (Holiday 2020)
  • Hitman 3 (January 2021)

Kotaku laments that Google didn’t have much to say about how Stadia features like crowd play and state share are coming along, or why they appear to only be available for a few games at the moment. There was no news either about any sort of new pricing model that might make buying old games at high prices, games that will remain locked behind your Stadia user account, more appealing.

If Google is patiently playing some sort of long game here, it’s a really, really long game. As we near the service’s one-year anniversary, a lot of those features are still missing, and its game library still feels incredibly light, especially compared to competitors like Game Pass and PlayStation Now.

Google is aiming to bring console-quality play to any connected device with its Stadia game service Google is aiming to bring console-quality play to any connected device with its Stadia game service Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / JUSTIN SULLIVAN