The Stadia Connect has had a mixed reaction in the wider Stadia community. Many people have felt upset or disappointed with the Stadia Connect however Stadia is in a much better position than the Connect may have suggested.
This issue with the Connect was not the content but more the delivery of the content and what they left out of the presentation. As a result of this the Connect, and the leaks beforehand, made it look more underwhelming than it should have been. Following this Connect there are lots of reasons to be extremely positive about Stadia!
The games are starting to arrive and “big” games are coming to the platform. Games of different genres are coming and we are getting our first Dark Souls like game in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. During the Connect they forgot to tell us really what else is coming to Stadia this year and beyond.
The end of year period and into early next year is looking very good for Stadia with the games that are coming. Stadia should be getting FIFA, Madden, NBA 2k21, PGA 2k21, Cyberpunk, Assassins Creed, Watch Dogs, Baldurs Gate, Stars Wars Fallen Order, Far Cry 6, Mafia etc are all coming.
With those games, the major sports titles are covered along with a number of the big key 3rd releases. In no way is it perfect but there is more than the guts of a good period of gaming for Stadia gamers and gives a solid foundation for the next year.
The mistake that Stadia made with the Connect yesterday was not to show these games to there full potential in the showing. If they doubled the Connect showing and included these games (which we announced before) I believe the mood music would have been different.
The games which where shown yesterday are good games in addition to the games named above. Some of these games complement the service going forward in Dead By Daylight and Hello Neighbour. While these games may be older they have serious potential on Stadia epically Dead by Daylight.
Dead by Daylight shows Stadia the way
It should not be underplayed on how Dead by Daylight coming to Stadia could be. With the game leaking before the Connect the reveal and consequent unveiling of the Crowd Play and Crowd Choice, I think this lessened the effect of it.
Dead by Daylight is a popular horror survival game and with the game launching in September in the run-up to Halloween, this could become a Trojan horse for Stadia. With the Crowd Play and Crowd Choice being implemented this could become really big with YouTube streamers.
Also with Dead by Daylight, it is another title that has cross-platform multiplayer and cross-progression with PC and Switch. This is a feature that I am glad to see more and more Stadia titles are implementing. This makes trying out Stadia a lot more appealing.
It does appear that that Crowd Play and Crowd Choice are close. There is YouTube talk this Friday talking about new YouTube features. Dead by Daylight is coming in September so that should be the latest we should get this as well.
Exclusive Games are Coming
We got our first taste of a Stadia exclusive game in Splash Damages Outcasters. While we do not know too much about it from the video I think it will be save to assume it will support Crowd Play and maybe Crowd Choice for weapons or map choices.
Each platform has an identity. Stadia’s identity at the moment is one of Co-Op games which can be dropped into and out of quickly. Games which you can spend 2 minutes with to 2 hours which is then supplemented by the 3rd party studios. Outcasters again seems to fit this bill.
During the Connect it was announced that three more studios would be making Stadia exclusive games. These studios are Harmonix, Uppercut Games, and Supermassive Games. This also implies that Stadia is not going anywhere soon. Stadia will be building up a library of exclusive games but these will take some time.
Missing from the Connect was the Stadia First Party Studio’s. This was a disappointment to many of us as it would have been nice to have a little tease of what they are working on. Games take time to make and while we are all inpatient we do know they are beavering away making the games.
Where are Stadia now?
Stadia is in the worse position they could be in and that is in a middling one. It’s not in as bad a position as a lot of people make out and it’s not as great as people make out either.
The reason for this is that there are a lot of things to be looking forward to on the platform in the big AAA games and the new features. However, there are still some major gaps in the service going forward. Games are not day and date and some very big notable games are not on the service at this time being.
The problem with the Connect yesterday was not about the games or the announcements. Its was back to the age old problem with Stadia with the communication and presentation.
Stadia is in a much better position than yesterdays showing portrayed. Big games are coming. More pro game announcements. The features we want to use and play about with are nearly here. Stadia is nearly here and each day will edge closer to the realisation of the true potential of Stadia.