The past year for Stadia has been interesting, but it has become clear that Google has a higher priority going forward. If the last few weeks are proof of anything, Immersive Stream for Games is Google’s way forward in gaming.
Stadia Changelog is a weekly series about 9to5Google where we collect some of the Stadia news that we otherwise would not be able to talk about. This includes a summary of what new games were released at Stadia during the week, what games saw updates and patches, new games either confirmed or speculated for the platform and more. Come back every Friday, and do not forget that check in Bandwidthour weekly look at the rest of the cloud gaming world, including GeForce Now, Luna and more.
New games at Stadia
During the week of June 6, no new games were added to Google Stadium. The only notable edition has been High Isle release for Elder Scrolls Online.
Welcome to High Isle, a part of Tamriel never seen before in Elder Scrolls. Explore Breton’s idyllic sea urchin and seat of chivalrous culture as you confront the devastating powers of the Ascendant Lord.
Google has added 28 new games to Stadia over six months into this calendar year. In 2021, Google delivered 107 new titles to the Stadia library, and the company promises at least 100 new games in 2022, a high order at the current pace.
Notably, Google has stopped including the promise of 100 new games in its latest community updates and blog posts, with the latest mention in March.
Games come to Stadia
There were no official revelations for new games coming to Stadia this week, but there were some tips. The people over at StadiaSource spotted Saints Row passing through ERSB like coming to Stadia. The game, which will be launched on August 23, has not yet announced any official plans to come to Stadia. It’s rather only planned for Xbox, PS4 / PS5 and a PC release via Epic Games Store.
Google attaches great importance to Immersive Stream for Games
In fact, the only real news about Google Stadia this week was not about Stadia at all.
Capcom and Google this week announced a partnership that sees the game maker runs a free demo of Resident Evil: Village by Immersive Stream for Games. It’s the same technology that makes Google Stadium’s cloud games possible but is an independent experience that other brands and studios can adapt to meet their needs. AT&T uses Immersive Stream for gaming to offer Control to its wireless customers for free.
While another Immersive Stream customer is great to see, it’s also very clear through Google’s announcements that this is what the company sees as its way forward for cloud gaming. The revelation of this Resident Evil the demon echoed through the official Google Stadium Twitter accountthrough Redditand also on Google Keyword Blog. It was the first Stage-related post on the Keyword outside the monthly “Savepoint” of over three months.
Google also answered to a question from Nerf report Host Bryant Chappel says that games on Immersive Stream do not necessarily come to Stadia.
If it was not already very clearly, Google’s focus is on Immersive Stream. Is that a bad thing for Stadia? Not necessarily. In fact, like our Kyle Bradshaw before Pointed outit gives Google a good reason to keep the platform running.
If Stadia is simply a product of Immersive Stream for Games, Google’s ability to license and improve Immersive Stream will enable improvements that Stadia players should benefit from over time. In the opinion of this author, this is in fact a much better condition for Stadia, since the fate of the service is no longer linked to its own success.
But that probably means that the state we see today is unlikely to change anytime soon.
Golf With Your Friends DLC is not coming to Stadia
The popular multiplayer game Golf With Your Friends came to Stadia earlier this year and joined the Pro series this month. However, the game is not set to make any of the DLCs come up. A new expansion pack was announced for release later this month, but the expansion will not reach Stadia, which was confirmed on Twitter.
Ghost Recon: Breakpoint rescues are still broken
Last month caused an error between Stadia and Ubisoft Ghost Recon: Breakpoint players to lose their saves. While Google and Ubisoft are working on the issue, it is remains in place two weeks later, with users unable to recover their data.
World War Z gets crossplay
Some good news: World War Z gets crossplay soon. Starting with the “Cut & Mend” update, the game will offer crossplay with other platforms, but there is no timeline for when it will arrive at this time.
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