Google’s Stadia released to a resounding meh and didn’t make quite the splash that we initially thought it would. Game streaming is still a relatively far off concept for most people in the world, but those lucky enough to have insanely fast internet can now theoretically play high-quality games anywhere they please. Stadia was the groundbreaker in bringing game streaming to the mainstream (pun actually unintended), but the service released with a very middling selection of games.
The few games available on the store were all new releases with a couple of indie exclusives to at least try and sweeten the pot. But the library at the moment looks abysmal if you compare it to the various game marketplaces that are fully stocked with games. However, a post on Stadia’s community blog tells us that this will change in 2020.
The post claims that they are “tracking more than 120 games coming to Stadia in 2020 and are targeting more than 10 games in the first half of this year alone that will be only available on Stadia when they launch.” That’s quite the bold claim considering it’s just for the first half of the year and it makes you wonder what Google has up its sleeves.
I’m thinking we’ll see 10 decent but not killer indie games that are exclusive to Stadia, but I don’t think we’ll see big AAA exclusives that are bound to create extra interest in the service. Sadly, Stadia needs exclusives to thrive because if you’re a gamer, why would you pay for a subscription and suffer latency problems if you have a perfectly functional console or PC to play games already? We’ll have to wait and see what 2020 holds.