We now have an official launch date for Google Stadia – the tech giants game streaming service will officially launch on Tuesday 19th November.
We already knew that Stadia was coming at some point during November, but this is the first time that we’ve been given an official date. November 19th will be the day that Stadia becomes available to anybody who has purchased the Founders Edition, which costs £119/$129 and comes complete with a Chromecast Ultra (which you need if you want to play in 4K), three free months of Stadia Pro for you and a friend (usually costs £8.99 a month), and a limited edition controller. If you haven’t purchased the Founders Edition then you’ll have to wait until next year to try out the free base model.
Google Stadia’s launch lineup will include the likes of Destiny 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2, and future titles which have been confirmed include Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs: Legion, Mortal Kombat 11, Gods and Monsters, Borderlands 3, Grid, Elder Scrolls Online, Destroy All Humans, Windjammers 2, Superhot, Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle, Kine, and the “Stadia exclusive” Orcs Must Die 3. Some of these, such as Mortal Kombat 11 and Borderlands 3, could also end up being launch titles, but there has been no official word on that.
For now, I can’t help but feel that the big test for Google Stadia will be how well the technology works as opposed to the game lineup. A lot of people are likely to be holding back to see how well Stadia works before deciding whether to get involved or not, so Google need a strong, smooth launch to make a good first impression. I guess we’ll find out in just over a months time.
Google Stadia will launch on Tuesday 19th November for anybody who has purchased the Founders Edition.