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For those interested in trying out Google Stadia, the new streaming service, today Google held their first Stadia Connect to give out some details. Quick reminder: Stadia is the game streaming service powered by Debian Linux and Vulkan. It’s supposed to offer a “single click” experience with “no downloading required”.

On the subject of pricing: They will have a Stadia Pro subscription at $9.99/£8.99 a month which gives you up to 4K resolution with regular free games and discounts. They will also do Stadia Base with no monthly sub that will come "next year" limiting you to 1080p, both allowing you to buy games whenever you want.

However, it seems only those who purchase the special Founders Edition will get access sometime in November. This includes first access to Stadia, a Chromecast Ultra, limited edition Stadia Controller, 3 months of Stadia Pro, a guest pass to give access to a friend and the Complete Edition of Destiny 2.

First set of games includes: Baldur’s Gate III (Larian Studios) was newly announced - Trailer, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Gylt, Get Packed, The Division 2, Destiny 2, DOOM Eternal, Football Manager 2020, GRID, Metro Exodus, The Elder Scrolls Online, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Tomb Raider Trilogy, Borderlands 3 and more.

A pretty interesting line-up and there’s more they’re going to announce later, that’s just all they’re teasing for now. They also reiterated wide support for different game pads, not just their own.

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If you want to play at 1080p, Google are saying you will need a 20Mbps connection. That actually seems quite low, but even so the bandwidth use that will come along with it will likely be massive. If your connection is a bit wobbly, Stadia will keep your progress for "several minutes".

As for availability, they're launching in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, USA and the United Kingdom. They say more countries will come in 2020 too.

See more at the official Stadia website and their FAQ here.

I found it quite amusing that the video kept dying on me (seems for others too), after Google's recent outage it doesn't exactly fill me with confidence about buying AAA titles to stream them through Google's network.

I remain unconvinced by it, especially now we know we will be buying games as well and you're locked to 1080p unless you also pay a monthly subscription. Buying a game, to have no real access to it with Google controlling every part of it? I mentioned before I didn't particularly like the idea of even less ownership but with a Netflix-like subscription model it might have made more sense but not if you're still paying full price.

I will add more details as I look over it all.

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elmapul 10 Jun, 2019
Quoting: tmtvlBaldur's Gate 3?! BG3 already exists, and it's called Throne of Bhaal. There's no good way to continue the story, the mind flayers where not set up in any way to be a major threat, they are too low a challenge rating for a Bhaalspawn who embraced their heritage and became a deity, it makes no sense to continue their story, and nobody was asking for a third entry because the trilogy was complete!

Make it Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 3 if you really want to use the Baldur's Gate title, but don't just make a sequel for a finished story that isn't served by it.

This is like making a sequel to Legacy of Kain: Defiance. Nobody is asking for it, the story is complete, adding any more on to it wouldn't make any sense.

If you want to use the setting, just make a spin-off, don't just tack on an unnecessary sequel.

Oh, and boo google i guess.

nobody asked for it story-wise, but gameplay-wise i'm pretty sure a lot of people asked for that...
tmtvl 10 Jun, 2019
Quoting: elmapulnobody asked for it story-wise, but gameplay-wise i'm pretty sure a lot of people asked for that...

Which indeed is why I said to make a spin-off. A+ for reading comprehension.
And if they don't want to make a spin-off they can make a new IP. Faerûn is a little bigger than the Sword Coast and Western Heartlands alone.
How about exploring the Shining Plains for a change? Moving from the Sword Coast to the Dragon Coast? Putzing about the Dalelands or the Vast? Chult? The Shaar?

And that's before even looking at the rest of Abeir-Toril or a non-Forgotten Realms setting. But even if you want to stick to the Sword Coast, no reason to making a sequel to the Bhaalspawn Saga when any writer worth their salt can come up with something different to do there.

In any case, if people want a gameplay sequel to Baldur's Gate, there are two problems.
1) It seems like Larian is gonna switch from good old 2E AD&D to D&D 5. I kinda checked out after the MMO-ization of the system so I'm not sure, but I doubt 5 is backwards compatible with 2.
2) Pathfinder Kingmaker and PoE already exist.
Salvatos 10 Jun, 2019
Quoting: tmtvl1) It seems like Larian is gonna switch from good old 2E AD&D to D&D 5. I kinda checked out after the MMO-ization of the system so I'm not sure, but I doubt 5 is backwards compatible with 2.
D&D 5 is a lot more similar to 3rd edition, and AD&D by extension, than 4th edition was with, well, anything D&D has ever been, really. Didn't Icewind Dale (maybe only the second one) already use third edition rules? It wouldn't be all that far from that, though they culled some stuff, added a couple mechanics and more or less refactored all the skills and feats to make them a little more bland.

It might even seem less boring in a video game than on tabletop since we're used to having more limited options there.
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