Google Stadia Services Announcement

Google has finally announced Stadia’s actual services and offerings. Earlier this year, Google announced that Stadia would provide video games through Cloud Services; you don’t need to buy any physical or download any games. The game will be streamed via the internet and it can be played over the TV, computer, or cell phone device. Google Stadia will launch in 14 countries on November 18, 2019. It will launch in United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.

Founder’s Edition:  $129.99

  • This is the only way to play Stadia at launch on November 18th
  • Limited-edition Night Blue controller
  • Chromecast Ultra to connect to your TV
  • Three-month Stadia Pro subscription
  • First call for usernames
  • One 3-month Buddy Pass to give Stadia Pro to a friend

Google Stadia Pro: $9.99 per month

Comes with the Founder’s Edition

  • Up to 4K/60fps/HDR with 5.1 surround sound (if your internet can provide it)
    • If your internet isn’t good enough, your experience will differ
  • Free games (access available as long as Stadia Pro subscription is active)
  • Exclusive discounts on games for purchase
  • Limited: You get full access to the full Destiny 2 experience: the base game, all previous add-ons, the new Shadowkeep expansion, and the annual pass. You will be able to transfer your Guardian from other platforms (currently PC and Xbox)
  • Includes all Stadia Base benefits

Google Stadia Base

Available in 2020

  • Up to 1080p/60fps with stereo sound (if your internet can provide it)
  • Buy and keep the games you want (Wow, what a feature…)
  • Play in a Chrome browser on any computer or on your Pixel 3 or 3a phone (expanding to other phones over time)

What type of Internet Speed do I need?

It will be more draining on your internet in comparison to Netflix or Amazon Prime.

List of Games Announced:

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Ubisoft
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 – Larian Studios
  • Borderlands 3 – 2K
  • The Crew 2 – Ubisoft
  • Darksiders Genesis – THQ Nordic
  • Destiny 2 – Bungie
  • Doom – Bethesda Softworks
  • Doom Eternal – Bethesda Softworks
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 – Bandai Namco
  • The Elder Scrolls Online – Bethesda Softworks
  • Farming Simulator 19 – Giants Software
  • Final Fantasy 15 – Square Enix
  • Football Manager – Sega
  • Get Packed – Coatsink
  • GRID – Codemasters
  • Gylt – Tequila Works
  • Just Dance – Ubisoft
  • Metro Exodus – Deep Silver
  • Mortal Kombat 11 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • NBA 2K – 2K
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid – nWay Games
  • Rage 2 – Bethesda Softworks
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider – Square Enix
  • Samurai Shodown – SNK
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Square Enix
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Ubisoft
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – Ubisoft
  • Tomb Raider Definitive Edition – Square Enix
  • Thumper – Drool
  • Trials Rising – Ubisoft
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood – Bethesda Softworks

Final Fantasy 7 Remake confirmed for Episodic Release

Back in 2015, Square Enix had stated that the remake of Final Fantasy VII would be released episodically. However, Square had been relatively silent despite multiple teasers being released until last night. Square is reconfirming that Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released episodically. This may lead to each episode being each disc for the PlayStation One release. That would mean three episodes.

It’s pretty disappointing to hear the game is being released as episodes because the game has been under development for so long. This may be the case if Tetsuya Nomura and Square Enix have been consistently changing the game’s direction similar to Final Fantasy XV. The trailer shown at the PlayStation State of Play only showed the beginning of Final Fantasy VII which may be an indication that they only finished the 1/3 of the story.

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Persona 5 S is a Musou: Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers

Everyone was hoping Persona 5 would come to the Nintendo Switch after Joker was announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Unfortunately, Persona 5 S didn’t stand for Switch but rater Scramble! Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Striker is the official title and was revealed during the Persona Live Special last night in Japan. The game is another spin-off from Persona 5. It is a Musou/Warriors style game where the Phantom Thieves will fight swarms of enemies using their Personas and weapons. The game is being produced alongside Koei Techmo (Dynasty Warriors series). The game will be for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 but has no release date.

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While fans are understandably disappointed, hopefully, the game will be as good as Hyrule Warriors. (Legend of Zelda muso game) In the trailer, a young girl was showcase so the game may have a unique story for The Phantom Strikers.