Cloudy with a Chance of Games

To say that Stadia had an epic week is a huge understatement. Google made some big announcements. New ads, games, and more. What I want to do was do a recap of this amazing week, and give my take on it all. So, sit back, and take some time to review this amazing week.

Monday October 12th

Over the weekend, Chris from the Stadia Community management team announced that there would be an Ask Me (almost) Anything held by himself, and Grace Yang on the following Monday. The one caveat being that they weren’t going to answer any questions about the roadmap, and future of Stadia. Now, this didn’t sit well with me, but I kept an open mind as much as I could. 

This was actually a really good session in the Founder’s Hub; and set the stage for the week that was to come. It was like they knew something, but just couldn’t tell. Turns out that was the case, as I will show you further into this article. 

As seen in the above image, Grace said they’ve seen the “Google Graveyard” comments from people, and she even hinted there was much more to show. This was followed up by Chris saying that they are in this for the long haul, and there is no truth to this notion at all.

This was really great to see them acknowledge the chatter, and reassure the user base in general, and the Founders in particular, that they are not going anywhere.

Tuesday, October 13th

As per the usual, at 9am PT the Stadia Community Blog was updated with its weekly post. What wasn’t usual is what was contained therein. As the above image shows, the Stadia team announced quoting:

Get ready for exciting game announcements and some Stadia-only hands-on surprises. Three days. Three games to try. Play exclusive demos and watch awesome reveals of more games headed to Stadia. It all starts October 20th at 9 AM PT on Stadia’s YouTube channel.”

This was then followed up on Twitter with the image above. This set the community on fire. Speculation ran rampant, and it was just the beginning. Stadia had more up their sleeves, and they were ready to show their cards. Some things just couldn’t wait for the following week. There was more to show, and show more they did.

Wednesday, October 14th

This day was just an ordinary day. The community was buzzing from the “Good Stuff” announcement. The content creators posted their videos, and all the talk was about the demos, and what could they have to announce. I won’t get into it because that’s getting into the weeds. Suffice it to say that theories were at a fever pitch.

Out of nowhere Stadia dropped the “You Have What It Takes” ad. Let me tell you right here that this is their best ad to date. They previously launched the “Get To Know Stadia” ad on October 5th, and it was just the ad that the community was craving for from Stadia. A video showing what Stadia is, how it works, and how you can take part in it. It was quick, on message, concise, and well executed. The community was pleased. 

This was just a setup for the main course, however. The second ad in this 1-2 punch combo was the “You Have What It Takes” ad. This was about the games. And not just any games, but AAA games. This was another thing the community was not happy with: Stadia’s seeming focus on Indie titles.

This ad showcased what they called “Face melting AAA titles” such as Madden, Immortals Fenix Rising, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and so many more that I will not name here. The momentum from these past two days seemed to be building toward something epic. 

We had no idea what was to come, but for the week so far, it was a home run, and we would’ve been satisfied with just that, and then started to get ready for the next week. They weren’t finished with us just yet.

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

This day will live in Stadia history, and will become a part of the Stadia lore. For it is the day the narrative changed. It is the day that broke Twitter. It was epic in proportions that were hardly ever seen in gaming history. Okay, enough with the hyperbole. I just had to.

On this day, CD Projekt Red hosted the fourth installment of the “Night City Wire.” This was hosted on their Twitch channel, and later uploaded to their YouTube channel. It was the usual updates on the progress of the game. It showed some behind the scenes footage, and talked about the things that went into the creation of the game’s audio for cars and motorcycles within the game. Keanu Reeves even made an appearance. This was all well, and good. However, there was one more bit of news to be shared with the world. 

It was announced that Cyberpunk 2077 is in fact going to release on November 19th, 2020. It is the same day it will launch on every other platform. Not only this, but Nov. 19th is the one year anniversary of the Stadia platform. Also, the pre-order went live in the Stadia Store at that very moment. The game will retail for $59.99 USD, and will be available at 2 am which I assume will be Pacific Time. 

That sound you hear? That’s the sound of joy from a community that needed that win. CDPR delivered, and we cannot overstate how important that is. Immediately, the community posted, tweeted, made videos, live streamed, and got the news out there. Conspiracies abound, and I will not get into it as to how and why this happened. There are plenty of videos speculating on that. So you can check those out if you want to.

Friday, October 16th

As if this news wasn’t big enough, we got another community update. This time, it was all about Ubisoft. In this blog post update, Stadia announced even more Ubisoft games were headed to the platform. I had a couple of the games announced in my article about all the games coming to Stadia. Here though, the game list was about expanding already existing franchises on Stadia. Franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Watchdogs, Ghost Recon, and Far Cry. Not to mention games like Just Dance 2021, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, Family Feud, etc.

This was wonderful to see, and it seemingly sets up the impending announcement of UPlay+ finally making its long-awaited debut on Stadia.

In closing, I want to leave you with these two images. Grace Yang, and Justin Uberti are indicating that they were unable to speak on this until CDPR announced it, so it’s great to see the reigns have finally been taken off.

This also leads to the speculation that if they dropped this much information this week, what more do they have for us during the “Good Stuff” event next week? That’s a topic for another day.

Also, the first image in this article was provided by community member Saverage. He has created 47 images for your CCU that you can use. Thanks for reading. I really do appreciate the support and the feedback.

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