The Stadia Connect of the year revealed that some new games are coming to the platform, though it'll take a while for them all to arrive. Several new games are coming to Google's cloud gaming service, including PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which launches today for free with Stadia Pro and with cross-play support.
PUBG also has the long-discussed link integration, where clicking on a link (like say, this one) should take Stadia Pro users straight to PUBG. It's a pretty neat idea for all the spur-of-the-moment players out there.
Square Enix's Octopath Traveler arrives on the Stadia service today, and over the coming year, several Electronic Arts games are due to arrive on Google's platform. It starts with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, set for this fall, followed by Madden and FIFA. Google Stadia also picked up some first-on-platform launches for Crayta and Wave Break this summer.
This is hopefully a booster for those still using Google's cloud gaming platform. Its launch in 2019 was plagued by missing features and a lacking catalogue, while competitors like xCloud and Nvidia's sometimes-controversial GeForce Now picked up ground. Google responded earlier this year to complaints of lacking commnication, though it foisted some of the blame onto publishers to announce games for the Stadia service.
Google's platform still feels like it has yet to nail that big exclusive, but at least today's announcements provide a roadmap for owners to know what's on the way. That, combined with Stadia's free trial, might build up some momentum for the streaming platform.