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Today, Google went back to YouTube to show off an impressive list of games coming to their Stadia game streaming service, which we already know is powered by Debian Linux and Vulkan.

As a reminder, Google said not to see Stadia as if it was the "Netflix of games", as it's clearly not. Stadia Base requires you to buy all your games as normal, with Stadia Pro ($9.99 monthly) giving you a trickle of free games to access on top of 4K and surround sound support.

Focusing on some newly announced games that will be coming to Stadia, along with fresh trailers for previously announced titles, today's Connect event packed quite the punch. Here's some more titles that were mentioned:

  • Attack on Titan 2 Final Battle - Omega Force
  • Borderlands 3 - Gearbox
  • Cyberpunk 2077 - CD Projekt
  • DOOM Eternal - id Software
  • Darksiders Genesis - Airship Syndicate
  • Destroy All Humans! (remake) - THQ Nordic
  • Farming Simulator 19 Platinum Edition - Giants Software
  • GRID - Codemasters
  • Gods and Monsters - Ubisoft
  • Kine - Gwen Frey
  • Mortal Kombat 11 - NetherRealm Studios
  • Orcs Must Die 3 - Robot Entertainment
  • Samurai Showdown - SNK
  • The Elder Scrolls Online - ZeniMax Online Studios
  • Watch Dogs Legion - Ubisoft
  • Windjammers 2 - DotEmu

You can see the cut-down recap below:

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Or if you prefer it, the full 40 minute presentation is available here.

Stadia is going to launch in November, with access being granted to around 14 countries. Currently, the only way to actually get in is to purchase the Founder's Edition with everyone else getting access next year. The Founder's Edition comes with a Chromecast Ultra, three months Stadia Plus, an exclusive Night Blue Stadia Controller and more. It's not cheap though, at around $129/£119.

How do you feel about Stadia currently, will you be giving it a go? Since it will work on Linux in any Chrome browser, I remain quite interested to try it out even if I have plenty of reservations about the service itself. Either way, it's yet another way to play AAA titles on Linux.

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velemas 19 August 2019 at 8:25 pm UTC
Afair from the previous presentation at least DOOM Eternal was ported natively to Stadia (Linux). I wonder if it will be available for Linux outside of Stadia.
TheBard 19 August 2019 at 8:28 pm UTC
We might have a chance to see Borderlands 3 and Destroy All Humans on Linux finally ? But I highly doubt we'll get the other as Zenimax and CDPR are not Linux friendly.

At least Stadia will force these studio to have Linux developers, to develop for Linux (Debian+Vulkan), and learn how to release on Linux.

I find it unbelievable that one-person studios like SupraGames (Supraland) can manage to have a working port but big AAA studio can not. Would it be that these one-person studio are actually be made of skilled devs while big studio are only composed of juniors?
Shmerl 19 August 2019 at 8:35 pm UTC
So, Cybperpunk 2077 is confirmed for Stadia. Now CDPR have no excuse not to release for Linux proper

Last edited by Shmerl at 19 August 2019 at 8:35 pm UTC
Zelox 19 August 2019 at 8:55 pm UTC
The magic of money. I dont know about valves budget, but they should have payed devs to port games to linux just like Google do know. Instead we got a wine fork, Im not complainging on proton, but native is often better, maybe not in performace but in stability. Give the money to devs to support linux on steam instead of putting the money in proton. And I dont think we will see linux port outside of stadia .
The reason I think so, well releasing a game cost money, and linux is still a very small user base compaired to mac and windows. Porting to stadia is also money already in the bank, with a linux port outside of stadia, its not the same garantee.

And I got nothing against stadia really, its google, its another way to play games. It seems a bit prise, but if your happy with stadia, eey good for you.

Last edited by Zelox at 19 August 2019 at 9:04 pm UTC
sub 19 August 2019 at 9:30 pm UTC
Imho without Valve putting serious money into Linux gaming this wouldn't be even possible.

Hard to believe without all the awareness of Linux building up over the last few years and all the efforts that went into the infrastructure, Google would not have convinced a single AAA developer to go that route.
Shmerl 19 August 2019 at 10:05 pm UTC
Google are likely benefiting from radv, so Valve affected that.
chancho_zombie 19 August 2019 at 11:16 pm UTC
It's yet to be seen how much it benefits Linux gaming, but this is another barrier brought down against using a Linux Desktop. Just tell your windows friends if they ask about gaming, "sure you got stadia" (and steam). So overall even if I'm not going to use it my opinion about stadia is positive. Google has helped a lot the linux ecosystem since the introduction of android, so (imho) this will have a positive impact in the future of linux gaming. But how much this will impact linux gaming, is yet to be seen, it could have little impact or become a game changer.

Last edited by chancho_zombie at 19 August 2019 at 11:19 pm UTC
Desum 20 August 2019 at 1:51 am UTC
Never going to support this crap. It's the ultimate DRM and walled garden rolled into one. What's the point of gaming on Linux when you don't even have the game running on somebody else's computer anyway?
Purple Library Guy 20 August 2019 at 1:57 am UTC
scaineI honestly thought Stadia was just a glorified Steam Link that worked over the internet? So while the box you buy might be Linux-based, I always assumed there would simply be a farm of PCs running Windows in a datacentre somewhere and you tapped into that resource to place your game.
You don't buy a box. About the only real plus for this over just buying games normally is, you can play it on pretty much anything with a screen (well, if your internet connection is fast enough). So the mention of Linux was always about the servers.

It's not my schtick. But it's interesting and worth watching IMO. If it does nothing else whatsoever, it will introduce developers to developing for Linux and Vulkan, potentially helping Vulkan win out over DX12 in PC gaming. Cuz, like, if you're planning a Stadia build of your new game anyway, why not just make the game for Vulkan in the first place?

Last edited by Purple Library Guy at 20 August 2019 at 2:08 am UTC
Purple Library Guy 20 August 2019 at 2:00 am UTC
ShmerlSo, Cybperpunk 2077 is confirmed for Stadia. Now CDPR have no excuse not to release for Linux proper
My understanding is, the excuse is they don't feel like it and some Linux fans were mean to them last time when they screwed it up.
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