PUBG out now, Octopath Traveler and more coming.
In its biggest news toot so far this year, Google has unveiled over a dozen titles heading to its Stadia streaming service in the coming months and beyond, including Octopath Traveler, PUBG, plus a handful of ‘firsts’ yet to grace other platforms. That includes five titles coming as part of a deal with EA, including FIFA and Madden NFL, due to arrive before the end of 2021.
Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, FIFA, and Madden NFL will be the first EA titles to arrive on Stadia, with FIFA and Madden scheduled to arrive this “winter”, while Fallen Order carries an even more nebulous launch window of “by the end of this year”. EA says it’ll be bringing two additional, but as yet unannounced, games to Stadia in 2021.
Alongside news of its partnership with EA, Google has announced a total of 13 titles getting the streaming treatment over the next few months. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – developer PUBG Corporation’s one-time battle royale darling – is up first and available to play today, supporting cross-platform parties and cross-platform play for those using controllers.
Square Enix’s wonderful RPG throwback Octopath Traveler will be heading to Stadia on 28th April, Zombie Army 4: Dead War launches on 1st May (and will be free to Stadia Pro subscribers), arcade-y firefighting romp Embr enters early access on 21st May (it comes to Steam the same day), and indie roll-’em-up Rock of Ages 3 is due some time in June.
As for the Stadia exclusives – or, more specifically, games described as being “First on Stadia” – Overcooked-like moving game Get Packed (not to be confused with Overcooked-like moving game Moving Out) arrives on 28th April, nifty looking game creation tool Crayta comes to Stadia this “summer” and will also be free to Stadia Pro subscribers, plus there’s 80s-inspired skateboarding affair Wave Break, which is yet to receive a release date.
Stadia recently launched its free-tier service, offering streaming at up to 60fps and 1080p, and Digital Foundry came away cautiously optimistic about the whole thing.