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DOOM Eternal coming to Stadia on March 20, plus other Stadia news - a round-up

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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
  • SUPERHOT
  • 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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Kiba 15 January 2020 at 3:34 pm UTC
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leillo1975GamingOnStadia...

But Steamplay/Proton/DX*K is okay for you?
At least we can use mods on OUR games with Proton, can't say the same about Stadia.
But i don't care if this site gives Stadia news, i just ignore most of them.
Sparhawk 15 January 2020 at 4:06 pm UTC
I've seen Stadia at a friend's place. Not bad, not great. Good enough for casual gaming.
Visuals are a bit less. And I won't play FPS with a controller. Other games, fine!
TobyGornow 15 January 2020 at 4:09 pm UTC
I would hate a Google stadia exclusivity as much as an Epic exclusivity. The Google bits is the part that bothers me. Regarding privacy and all, it's not really "Linux", you can play on it but what is the price ? I won't play on it.
Shmerl 15 January 2020 at 5:11 pm UTC
TobyGornowI would hate a Google stadia exclusivity as much as an Epic exclusivity.

Yep, totally. Exclusivity approach is disgusting. Most games don't seem to be exclusive there though. The problem is, that many of them still don't come out for desktop Linux.


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kaiman 15 January 2020 at 5:37 pm UTC
Please continue with the Stadia news. While the service isn't for me, for multiple reasons, I find the articles still interesting. Given that Stadia uses Linux as a platform and allows playing the games from Linux systems, it is both relevant and fitting.

Though honestly, I am already looking forward to the final article announcing the impending shutdown of the thing.
spesk 15 January 2020 at 5:54 pm UTC
I agree with other sentiments about Stadia and it's drawbacks.

With that said, I still like reading about it and am glad it's covered by GoL. It's a good place to read about news regarding it, especially when within the context of this niche community. I also enjoy the debate in the comments!

Thanks for covering!
dvd 15 January 2020 at 6:10 pm UTC
LibertyPaulMA PC does have endless value to a user but a £2000 gaming PC has zero value to the average every day user (95% of the market) beyond being able to play games. Stadia allows people to buy a £400 PC or laptop and still being able to play games and get the same value outside of that

I paid £1600 for my PC. I have a Ryzen 7 CPU, RX580 GPU and 32gb RAM; outside of playing games my PC is hardly pushed at all

I paid about 500$ for my pc and it plays most games reasonably well. I can even play a few tabs of hd youtube videos in the background while playing older games like wasteland 2, cs:go or pathfinder. This PC will probably serve me for at least another 4 years unless some hardware fails.

That's about the cost of only the stadia subscription for the equivalent period. Then you have to buy their hardware, which was advertised for 130$ iirc.

And then you have calculate the increase of the internet bill, since you probably need a better service.

If you are a student, and you can't afford your own place, chances are you have a few flatmates. In that case, you can say goodbye to the 'top' experience.

I think if you add these hidden costs together, you can probably buy a reasonably good pc and some games. Not to mention the premium of having customization options like mods. Those are a huge reason most people like Bethesda games for.
Liam Dawe 15 January 2020 at 6:53 pm UTC
dvdThen you have to buy their hardware, which was advertised for 130$ iirc.
Just to be clear, you don't need to buy anything for Stadia. You only need to now, as Stadia Base isn't out, which is what's noted in the article. Even when it's out, you don't need to buy their official gamepad - plenty work with it as do mouse and keyboard. All was covered in my initial thoughts article.
PopeRigby 15 January 2020 at 7:25 pm UTC
I just hope we can have a native Linux port for Doom Eternal. It seems unlikely, but not impossible.
Shmerl 15 January 2020 at 7:40 pm UTC
PopeRigbyI just hope we can have a native Linux port for Doom Eternal. It seems unlikely, but not impossible.

Bethesda is a legacy publisher, so I wouldn't expect anything from them. What we can expect, are desktop Linux versions form normal publishers and developers. Someone like Larian for example. Or may be CD Projekt Red, though the later are shifting to the side of legacy publishers gradually, which is sad.


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