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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
  • SUPERHOT + SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE - SUPERHOT Team
  • 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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Shmerl 20 August 2019 at 2:28 am UTC
Purple Library GuyMy 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.

Those aren't real excuses, when their CEO said this almost six years ago:

QuoteIf Steam will deliver a constant Linux environment, call it SteamOS or anything like that, we would love to have our game there, because the more people play our games, the better for us.

It applies today even better than back then. Their valid excuse could be high costs of making a port, vs rather small Linux market. But this is now sidestepped, due to Stadia release. So no excuses left


Last edited by Shmerl at 20 August 2019 at 2:29 am UTC
x_wing 20 August 2019 at 3:00 am UTC
DedaleThey mention visual studio in their software tools. I don't know how to take this. I am still not sure these games will run natively on Debian or trough a proton-like tool. And even if they do, it wouldn't mean they would be released to Linux desktop players for fears of high support costs for little revenue.

Visual Studio Code has Linux support. Never used it and probably, I never will 'cause vim is all you need!
Shmerl 20 August 2019 at 3:01 am UTC
I don't think Stadia requires using Visual Studio (would be stupid if it does). They mention it to lure Windows only developers probably.


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x_wing 20 August 2019 at 3:04 am UTC
ShmerlI don't think Stadia requires using Visual Studio (would be stupid if it does). They mention it to lure Windows only developers probably.

Clearly is just marketing. You can code for any OS/programming language in pretty much any text editor. In fact, I think that many games were coded using notepad.
drmoth 20 August 2019 at 3:49 am UTC
DedaleThey mention visual studio in their software tools. I don't know how to take this. I am still not sure these games will run natively on Debian or trough a proton-like tool. And even if they do, it wouldn't mean they would be released to Linux desktop players for fears of high support costs for little revenue.

It's likely they will use Visual Studio to cross-compile to Linux. That way most devs targeting Stadia won't have to leave the comfort of their Windows developer machines. So developers won't get better at developing for Linux, but they will get better at targeting Vulkan.

See: https://devblogs.microsoft.com/cppblog/linux-development-with-c-in-visual-studio/
elmapul 20 August 2019 at 5:23 am UTC
ElectricPrismI hope Cyberpunk 2077 offers their Vulkan layer on Windows, at least then Proton could run it really well on Linux out of box.
Sir_DiealotNo interest in the lineup or Stadia, but maybe Cyberpunk 2077 will get a proper Linux release. Yeah right, as if.

i dont think so, they canceled witcher 3 and after years without giving an reason they said it was the bad reception that they got on witcher 2 because it was using an translation layer.
elmapul 20 August 2019 at 5:34 am UTC
subImho 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.

1)google has a lot of money, those companies develop for platforms with 0 users, almost no know how on how those platforms work, they learn an brand new programing language and develop games for it in 4 years or so, when there is money involved, they will do anything.

2)google is trying to enter the gaming market, so even without valve it would do that.

3)google is trying to enter the desktop operating systens market (chromeOS) and he need games to do that
elmapul 20 August 2019 at 5:37 am UTC
DesumNever 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?

i can agree on that, but the point is not just you, if more people migrate to linux since the gaming barrier break due to stadia, then we will have more native games, wine will evolve faster and so on...
elmapul 20 August 2019 at 5:38 am UTC
x_wing
DedaleThey mention visual studio in their software tools. I don't know how to take this. I am still not sure these games will run natively on Debian or trough a proton-like tool. And even if they do, it wouldn't mean they would be released to Linux desktop players for fears of high support costs for little revenue.

Visual Studio Code has Linux support. Never used it and probably, I never will 'cause vim is all you need!

you dont need visual studio or anything having support to run on linux, you just need it to compile for linux.
scaine 20 August 2019 at 7:09 am UTC
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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.

Cool ta. This is what threw me, from the article:

QuoteStadia 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.

I'm a bit clearer on this now. I wonder what excuses developers/publishers will dream up to release on Stadia, but not release on Linux directly...? Pfff. They'll think of something, no doubt.
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