Google Stadia Launches Today With More Games Than Expected

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Google Stadia launches today, November 19, and you can read all about it in our Stadia review-in-progress. Google recently announced the system's launch titles, along with the other games coming in 2019. It was a thin list, with only one console exclusive (Gylt), which had some potential customers concerned. Thankfully for early adopters of the new machine, the launch lineup has been expanded, with many titles that were due at some point in 2019 now arriving on day one, including NBA 2K20.

The news was announced by Google vice president Phil Harrison, who thanked the developers and publishers who worked to prepare their games for the system's release. It's unclear what prompted the increase, but it comes in the wake of some complaints about the launch lineup, as well as a significant expansion of the library for Microsoft's xCloud test. Additionally, Samurai Shodown has joined the list of games that will be available for free to those with Stadia Pro memberships.

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Excited to announce that we are INCREASING the Day One launch line-up of titles for @GoogleStadia - we now have TWENTY TWO games launching with the platform on Tuesday. Huge thank you to our game developer and publisher partners for bringing more titles #stadia

— Phil Harrison (@MrPhilHarrison) November 18, 2019

We’re excited to announce that #SAMURAISHODOWN will be available at launch for our Stadia Pro subscribers! Just log-in and redeem at no extra charge as part of your growing collection of games included with Stadia Pro. Now get out there and make victory yours! ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/0diMg7trWZ

— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) November 18, 2019

These are the 12 games initially announced for the Stadia launch, which are still coming on day one:

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  • Destiny 2
  • Gylt
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Kine
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Thumper
  • Tomb Raider
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Samurai Shodown

And now, here are ten more games that will now release on November 19 alongside the new system:

  • Attack on Titan: Final Battle 2
  • Farming Simulator 2019
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Football Manager 2020
  • Grid 2019
  • Metro Exodus
  • NBA 2K20
  • Rage 2
  • Trials Rising
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Borderlands 3, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 and Darksiders Genesis are also due before the end of the year. Darksiders Genesis will release on December 5, the same day as the PC version, making it a non-PC exclusive to Stadia for about three months; it launches for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on February 14, 2020.

To find out more about what to expect from Google Stadia's impending launch, be sure to check out our unboxing of the new system. We know that it'll launch with several missing features that will be added over time.

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