Confused on Steam Play and Proton? Be sure to check out our guide.

Time for another little roundup of what's going on with Google Stadia lately.

Missed our first impressions of Stadia? Check them out here.

First up we have a delay, with Marvel's Avengers that was due to release in May being pushed back until September. According to Crystal Dynamics, they said this is to "spend this additional development time focusing on fine tuning and polishing the game to the high standards our fans expect and deserve"—fair enough. It's expected to release on Stadia at the same time as other platforms.

More exciting though: id Software and Bethesda have confirmed that DOOM Eternal is releasing on March 20 and it will be available on Stadia for easy access. See the trailer below, looks absolutely insane:

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Something also interesting is that Anna Kipnis, a Senior Prototyper & Game Designer at Google (who is also on the Stadia Star Labs research team), will be doing a talk at GDC 2020 in March titled "Machine Learning Summit: Creating Game AI by Using Mostly English, with Semantic ML". This is a feature Google are hoping to pull into Stadia, to have more interesting/smarter AI.

What other games should be coming to Stadia this year? Here's a few:

  • Baldur's Gate 3 (not entirely clear if this year)
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • DOOM
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Gods and Monsters
  • Monster Energy Supercross 3
  • The Crew 2
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Windjammers 2

Stadia's biggest test is still ahead, with the wider release of the Stadia Base account sometime early this year. Currently only people who've purchased the Founders (and their Buddy Pass invites) or Premier edition have access. When Stadia Base launches, anyone across Linux (and macOS/Windows) will be able to load up Chromium and play games on it.

It's closing in though, Google have started tested Stadia on non-Pixel mobile devices which is likely one of the big things holding it up. Once that's sorted, Stadia Base probably won't be too far away. Once there is a date, we'll let you know.

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sub 15 Jan, 2020
AFAIK Baldur's Gate 3 won't release this year.
Not too long ago I read it was still in early development. :/
HJ 15 Jan, 2020
>looks absolutely insane

looks absolutely boring, worst trailer out all of the doom4/doom5 trailers. There's too much plot and story exposition and our supposedly brutal and insane doom slayer just stands and listens to it instead of ripping and tearing.

also why are you covering stadia all that much? or doom 5 specifically? trailer also didn't show steam icon, so we can assume bethesda launcher exclusivity already which means harder to use with proton.
Liam Dawe 15 Jan, 2020
Quoting: HJalso why are you covering stadia all that much? or doom 5 specifically? trailer also didn't show steam icon, so we can assume bethesda launcher exclusivity already which means harder to use with proton.
Why - Stadia works on Linux, as we've shown, it's another way to play games on Linux. It has nothing to do with Steam or SteamOS, you do realise we're not a Steam-only website right? We are Gaming On Linux.
leillo1975 15 Jan, 2020

Don't get ungry, is only a joke

Last edited by leillo1975 on 15 January 2020 at 11:38 am UTC
sub 15 Jan, 2020
Quoting: leillo1975GamingOnStadia...

But Steamplay/Proton/DX*K is okay for you?
Liam Dawe 15 Jan, 2020
Quoting: sub
Quoting: leillo1975GamingOnStadia...

But Steamplay/Proton/DX*K is okay for you?

And DOSBOX, ScummVM, Emulation and everything else we cover. If people don't like it, they need to get over it. It's here, it works on Linux and we're covering it.
Cmdr_Iras 15 Jan, 2020
Quoting: HJalso why are you covering stadia all that much? or doom 5 specifically? trailer also didn't show steam icon, so we can assume bethesda launcher exclusivity already which means harder to use with proton.

Quoting: leillo1975GamingOnStadia...

We have the ability to hide articles with certain tags; which reminds me as I have zero interest in Stadia Im going to put it on ignore myself, but if Proton, Wine and Lutris news is acceptable then I dont see the problem with covering Stadia either, if it works on Linux then it should be covered in my opinion.

My internet connection simply isnt upto snuff, and because frankly Im not paying for any further 'streaming' services, and finally because I like owning my games, yes I realise Steam has problems here as well but at least I have possible remedies in cracks if required for games on steam if the worst occurs.
Ehvis 15 Jan, 2020
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Quoting: HJ>also why are you covering stadia all that much?

My in-head guideline for gaming and Linux:

Native = Linux gaming
Wine/Proton/Emulators = Gaming on Linux
VM = Not Linux (since it requires a licence of a different OS)

More interesting is where Stadia would fall in this. In can be used on Linux without licence, so it is gaming on Linux. But so are other streaming services. But is it Linux gaming? Need to have a thought about that. When my brain needs additional work that is.

As for Stadia. I get the feeling that it is not going well for now. After the initial bit of media attention, interest seems to have died out. On "mostly windows" discords you don't hear anybody about it. I also don't think that the extra buddy pass was something they did because of the quickly rising user numbers. And I'm not that surprised either. For most people, the current financial scheme just doesn't make sense. It's more like niche product now, where only a very small group actually has an advantage over what they were doing previously.
dvd 15 Jan, 2020
I don't think these 'Stadia news' are overdone at all, even though i do not like the idea at all.

'Regular games' already make a criminal out of anyone trying to use a product, but always online and 'streaming' are just new ways of enforcement on the nonsensical legal agreements companies are forcing on users, especially with all the always on DRM the PSP and the likes are there to provide in conjuction with the new 'drivers' in the linux kernel that let it happen and undermine the spirit of free software.
egee 15 Jan, 2020
If I can play my game from my Linux machine, I consider it "Linux Gaming". I don't care if its native, Wine, VM, Stadia, etc. I am on my Linux desktop playing a game on it, therefore it is "Linux Gaming".

Why do people care so much about stupid labels anyway?
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