Stadia’s first wave of playability launches with its early access program on November 19th. A slew of games were previously announced, but we had few details on which would be available to those who pre-purchased early access editions of the game streaming service. Now, we know what twelve games will be available to pick up as launch titles.
First of all, keep in mind that you still have to buy most, if not all, of these games. Stadia is just a subscription service that allows you to actually access these games and play their online features. Bit odd, but it is what it is!
In an image tweet to the official Stadia account, Google shared the first twelve titles to hit the platform:
Wondering what games will be available to play on launch day for Stadia? Here’s our day one lineup for November 19 with more titles coming by the end of 2019.
— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) November 11, 2019
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Destiny 2: The Collection
- Just Dance 2020
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Samurai Shodown (original)
- Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
- Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
There are a lot of nifty-looking expansion editions in here. Destiny 2, which comes with the subscription, looks like it’ll include all the expansion packs, too, so no need to worry about that. Plus, the three most recent Tomb Raider games were somewhat of a hit with most. Plus, also unclear how Just Dance will function — with the phone feature like other PC editions? We’ll assume so for now. Unless, of course, you’re just expected to swing the controller around.
This launch also includes the release of indie game GYLT, which will be a Stadia exclusive. GYLT is a surreal horror adventure game in which a young girl explores a “haunted” school. It basically looks like a more young-player-friendly Layers of Fear.
Other 2019 Titles
If none of these games are hitting the spot, there are also two more release dates for the rest of the year. According to the Stadia blog, here’s what else you can hold out to buy:
- Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
- Borderlands 3
- Darksiders: Genesis
- Dragonball Xenoverse 2
- Farming Simulator ’19
- Final Fantasy XV
- Football Manager 2020
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
- Metro Exodus
- NBA 2K20
- Rage 2
- Trials Rising
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
There are some big AAA titles in here, specifically Borderlands 3, which only saw its release in September.
Right now, these titles are only going to be available for those with the Stadia Founder’s or Premiere Editions. Early access for both launches on the 19th, and it’s essentially a paid early access program for those interested in testing and trying the platform out.
However, you’ll need a relatively deep wallet to get in the games. Early access starts at $129 for the Premiere edition — and again, you need to buy each and every game, save for Destiny 2.
Even if you buy either edition, you’re not guaranteed to be in that precise day. A rep told The Verge that Stadia will ship first-come, first-served, including the early access information. You pretty much need to wait until your package arrives, then you can play. If you’re the patient type, hopefully it pays off.