Google Stadia is adding PUBG, games from EA and Square Enix, and 2 new “First on Stadia” exclusives
Stadia is Google’s first attempt to create a cloud gaming platform. Since it was announced last year, there have been concerns about the number of games (or lack thereof) that would be available and if it was worth investing in the platform. Stadia has gradually added more games to its library and today it’s getting several new titles, including the mega-popular PUBG.
During today’s Stadia Connect live stream, Google announced a bunch of new games that will make their way to Stadia either today or later this year. The first and most interesting is PUBG. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is now available on Stadia for $29.99 or $39.99 with the Season Pass. If you have Stadia Pro, which all Stadia members do until the end of May, it’s free and includes the Season Pass. Any PUBG player on Stadia will also get a Stadia exclusive skin. Another game you can get on Stadia today is Monopoly. It costs $40, but it’s also available for $10 for Stadia Pro members right now. Get Packed, which is the first “First on Stadia” game is also available today for $20. The Square Enix game Octopath Traveler is also available on Stadia starting today for $59.99.
Along with the announcement of PUBG, Google said they are working with EA to bring Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Madden NFL, and FIFA to Stadia this year. Google confirmed that five EA games will be released on Stadia this year, but only those three were mentioned by name. Along with this EA partnership, Google announced that they are working with Square Enix on getting more of their games on Stadia. Most recently announced is Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris.
Besides the games mentioned above, Google announced two other “First on Stadia” exclusives. These are timed exclusives where the games will launch on Stadia before other platforms. The first is Crayta. It’s an interesting game that lets you build and play games in the game. The second is Ember, which is a game about being bad firefighters. Ember will be available in early access starting on May 21st.
If you have Stadia Pro, there are a few great games coming as part of your subscription in May. Google announced Zombie Army 4: Dead War, SteamWorld Heist, and The Turing Test would all be available to Stadia Pro members on May 1st. Once claimed, these games will be available to you for the duration of your Stadia Pro subscription.
As a Stadia Pro subscriber, I’m really excited about all these new games. It really makes Stadia feel like a platform Google isn’t going to just drop and shut down. The new games will bring more players and really help grow the cloud gaming platform. Stadia Pro is free for everyone until the end of May, so if you’re interested in checking out any games, it doesn’t hurt to try them now. Any games you buy during this free trial will stick with you once the trial ends, but any claimed Stadia Pro games will be removed.