Stop the press! Stadia drops a blog post to round off the week and it has to be said, it was one that is more than welcome by the community. The strongest elements for sure has to be the semblance of a road map, something that the community has been shouting loud for since 2020.
For all of the news and conflict that the community has seen since last Monday, Stadia certainly appear to be adopting the “Keep Calm and Carry On” approach, which certainly is positive as they try to drown out the noise.
I think something that does remain key is for Stadia’s very supporters to offer valuable critique and insight into what they want from the platform they spend their time on as clearly, it does get back to the relevant teams and this post with games and dates is very much proof of this.
Let’s recap what they announced:
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition – Release Date: February 23, 2021
Shantae embarks on her first full HD adventure. The all-inclusive version of this action-platformer comes with all of the previously released DLC, modes, and costumes.
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut – Release Date: February 23, 2021
Shantae’s action-platformer continues with a new adventure within one of the most critically acclaimed handheld series of all time.
It came from space and ate our brains – Release Date: March 2, 2021
It came from space and ate our brains is a unique Arcade top-down shooter. Looking for addicting gameplay, four-player co-op mode, and tons of aliens to send into oblivion? You’ve come to the right place!
FIFA 21 – Release Date: March 17, 2021
Evidently one of the most popular sports franchises in gaming. It’ll soon be time for you to control your favourite team and take on the world. Most notably though, a first on Stadia as it’s Powered by Frostbite™. FIFA 21 features more ways to team up on the street or in the stadium to enjoy even bigger victories with friends.
Kaze and the Wild Masks – Release Date: March 26, 2021
Kaze is high up on a lot of people’s lists to get stuck into, it strikes so many nostalgic notes as you prepare to go on a journey as Kaze in this 90’s classics inspired platformer.
Judgment – Release Date: April 23, 2021
For some this will be the standout game from this week’s blog post and in all honesty, it certainly deserves that plaudit. From the makers of the acclaimed Yakuza series, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, Judgment is the dramatic tale of a disgraced lawyer seeking redemption in a world rife with corruption and despair.
Killer Queen Black – Release Date: Coming soon
We seen this rated originally in what was a turbulent week for Stadia, something which may have led to it’s rating being overshadowed, I’m glad to see it have a proper little spotlight by being featured in the blog.
An epic, platform strategy game for up to eight players online or locally. Play Killer Queen Black casually in quickplay matches, or up the intensity in ranked matches.
Street Power Football – Release Date: Coming soon
A different take on an experience with a football, this Sick style, and high-energy action come together. Featuring six distinct game modes from open-ended Freestyle and Trick Shot modes to head-to-head competition in Panna and up to 3v3 matches in Street Power mode. It may be no FIFA but it could certainly provide some fun for players.
Hellpoint – Release Date: Coming soon
Hellpoint is an intense and challenging action RPG taking place on Irid Novo, a derelict space station soaked in an intoxicating dark sci fi atmosphere. Fight dreadful creatures, face the Cosmic Gods and unravel their twisted story. Should the challenge be too great, play with a friend in local or online coop.
That rounds up pretty much everything in the blog post, with the exception of that fact that this week’s blog post eluded to the fact that the above titles equate to approximately 10% of the games we can expect to see arrive on the platform this year.
In summary, it was a welcome and much needed communique from the Stadia team. Something that we’re really pleased to see. Long may it continue for the months ahead as navigate 2021 in Cloud Gaming.
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