Google announces 16 new Stadia games, including five exclusives

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Google has announced 16 new games coming to streaming service Stadia, including five exclusives.

Outcasters is an “Only on Stadia” game from Gears Tactics and Brink developer Splash Damage. It’s a colourful competitive online multiplayer top-down shooter in which you can curve your shots. More on that here.

Orcs Must Die! 3 is also an “Only on Stadia” game. Robot Entertainment’s sequel sees players fight against huge orc armies, and it’s playable in Stadia Pro now or costs $29.99 without Pro.

Google said other developers working on “Only on Stadia” games include Harmonix (Rock Band), Uppercut Games (City of Brass), and Supermassive Games (Until Dawn). It didn’t reveal the games these developers are working on, however.

New games coming to Stadia that are not exclusives include Super Bomberman R Online (first on Stadia; autumn 2020); One Hand Clapping (early access; first on Stadia; live now); Dead by Daylight (cross-play all platforms; cross-progression with Nintendo Switch and PC); PUBG Season 8 (30th July); Hitman, Hitman 2 (both 1st Sep 2020) and Hitman 3 (January 2021); Serious Sam 4 (Stadia and PC only at launch; August 2020); Outriders (Christmas 2020); WWE 2K Battlegrounds (18th Sep 2020); PGA Tour 2K21 (21st August 2020); NBA 2k21 (autumn 2020); Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (autumn 2020); and Hello Neighbor (20th Sep 2020 (playable in Stadia Pro at launch) and Hello Neighbor: Hide & Seek (Christmas 2020; playable in Stadia Pro at launch).

One of the more interesting titles here for me is Sekiro, a rock hard action game from Dark Souls developer From Software. This is a game that often requires frame perfect timing to defeat enemies. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays on Stadia’s streaming tech – and whether the developers make it more forgiving as a result.

It’s also worth highlighting Dead by Daylight, which has two exclusive features on Stadia: Crowd Play and Crowd Choice. Crowd Choice lets the community vote and influence a Youtube streamer’s match by choosing whether the streamer will play as a Killer or a Survivor, followed by which character. Crowd Play in Dead by Daylight lets streamers invite their community to join in on a trial with a touch of a button.