E3 2019 News Recap & Rewatch: Google Stadia Connect -- Price, Games, Release Date Revealed

Here's everything we learned about Stadia's games, launch, price, and more.

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E3 2019 is tantalizingly close now, and Google has finally unveiled its plans for the video game industry during its Stadia Connect event--a presentation that was effectively its E3 press conference. Google revealed some important details about the new service, including price and release date. It also announced the games that will be available on the service when it launches. While a bunch of leaks spoiled several of the more notable surprises, it was still exciting to hear about Baldur's Gate III (coming from Larian Studios, the acclaimed developer of Divinity: Original Sin), Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, and plans for cross-saves in the latter.

In terms of details about the Stadia service, we learned about its subscription service, Stadia Pro; a Founder's Edition that allows you to access Stadia at launch; and what kind of experience you can expect based on your internet speed. While the aforementioned Destiny 2 and Baldur's Gate III announcements weren't the biggest games shown, we also heard about some other brand-new games (including a new Darksiders) and learned that Rockstar is onboard as a developer. Whether that means GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2, or something else, however, remains unknown, as no specific Rockstar games were confirmed for Stadia.

We've got a roundup of all the Stadia games confirmed, but read on for a look at all of the biggest news from the event or check out our Stadia pre-order guide. We also have a rundown on what Stadia can do out of the box--there has been some uncertainty about what will be available at launch, and the Connect event provided a clearer understanding of how Stadia will operate in 2019.

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Google Stadia Connect aired through Google's own Stadia YouTube channel. You can also check out the replay of the entire event through the video at the top of this post.

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Baldur's Gate 3

The first announcement out of the gate came from Larian Studios, the acclaimed developer behind Divinity: Original Sin. Confirming the leaks, it was revealed to be working on Baldur's Gate III. We saw a cinematic trailer and then heard about how the project came together.

Stadia Pro

Google will offer a premium version of Stadia known as Google Stadia Pro that enables 4K video in the games you play. It will also include free access to a selection of games and "exclusive" discounts. It will cost $10 per month.

Stadia Founder's Edition

To initially get access to Stadia, you'll have to purchase the Founder's Edition. For $129, you get a Chromecast Ultra, controller, three months of Stadia Pro, and a few other perks.

Stadia Controllers

Stadia again showcased its dedicated controllers for Stadia, including some colors and their prices. These work with a variety of devices and are priced at $70.

Stadia Internet Speed Requirements

Google VP Phil Harrison discussed how fast your internet has to be to use Stadia. Even with a 10 Mbps connection, you'll be able to get at least a 720p/60 FPS experience, according to Google, although higher speeds will enable 4K and HDR. For more, check out our rundown on Stadia internet speed requirements.

Mortal Kombat 11 And Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

Fighting games are among the most important to have a lag-free experience, and at least two will be available to test out Stadia's capabilities. Mortal Kombat 11 and Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid are both coming to Stadia.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint, The Division 2

The upcoming Tom Clancy game, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, is coming to Stadia. The open-world co-op game was revealed recently, ahead of E3, as a sequel to Wildlands. Also coming to the platform is The Division 2, which joins one of the first games confirmed for the service: Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

Destiny 2 Included In Stadia Pro, Allows Character Transfer

Destiny 2 was not only confirmed for Stadia, but the complete version of the game will also be included with Stadia Pro for a limited time. That includes the new DLC and annual pass. Additionally, you'll be able to transfer your existing character from other platforms--although this has only been confirmed for PC and Xbox One. Sony apparently has not yet given the go-ahead for PS4 transfers.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep And New Annual Pass

Beyond the fact that Destiny 2 will be available on the platform, Google's Stadia Connect event was home to the unveiling of the new DLC. Just as the leaks suggested, this was revealed to be Shadowkeep, which launches Fall 2019 and will apparently focus on Eris Morn and take players back to the moon. In addition to this DLC, there will be a new Annual Pass.

Rockstar Confirmed As A Stadia Dev

While we didn't get any specific games announced, Google has confirmed Rockstar will support Stadia. That could mean a version of Grand Theft Auto V or something older, though no doubt fans will be hoping this finally means a way to play Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC. At this point, however, we don't know what to expect.

Borderlands 3

Among the big-name games slated for consoles and PC that's coming to Stadia is Borderlands 3. It will be available on Stadia as soon as the service launches.

New Darksiders Game

THQ Nordic has continued to announce new games this week, and the latest is a new Darksiders game called Darksiders Genesis. This is a different sort of game than fans of the series are accustomed to, as it features an isometric perspective reminiscent of Diablo.

Gylt

Another of the brand-new games revealed during the Stadia event was Gylt, from the developers of Rime, Tequila Works. It looks to be an atmospheric, haunting adventure/puzzle game of sorts.

Get Packed

Yet another new game for Stadia is Get Packed. It appears to be an over-the-top, physics-based multiplayer game almost like Gang Beasts.

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mursexxx

Thank God! I was hoping for another subscription service. All this money... what to do with all this money I have.

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spartanx169x

I suspect that this will be like VR currently is. There will be some people that think it is the best thing since sliced bread was created , but will have a limited appeal. I can't see a reason to get it. If you want portability, the Switch is superior for many reasons even if it lacks 4K. The people that obsess over 4k most likely have a PC or Xbox X or PS4 Pro or some combination of them. I also still remain unconvinced that they have solved the lag issue.

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Jaxith

I want to care, so I could have something of substance to say, but the truth is I just don't. I can't find a single reason why I personally would want to use this.

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rodoxthedark

sounds good for the casuals, but they won't bother

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sippio

I don't personally like Google and the way the meddle with politics and drama and what not..

*i'm rooting for it to fail..

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nyran125tk

exclusives, not cross platform games. Needs something like their own GTA or Call Of Duty or something to rival whats out there.

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gotrekfabian

This conference is going to either be something which people are talking about for a good while to come or a complete disaster.

Google aren't one to do things on a small scale but if they are to stand a chance of taking even a small piece of the pie from Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo then they are going to have to show us something mind-blowing. Something which merely replicates that which we have already just isn't going to cut it.

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CraigTL

@gotrekfabian: Well thats really what it is. Its not really mind blowing as it is inexpensive and convenient. I watched earlier on youtube.... Stadia would at this point only appeal to people who currently do not have a 4K console, as this would be a cheaper option..... as long as you got a TV and internet that would support it you can game in 4K 60FPS for about 130 bucks.... or less if you just want a basic sub. They also allow you to skip the sub and actually pay for the games you want and that way you actually download and own them. The $130 gets you the 4K chrome cast the controller and all things destiny 2 including the new DLC thats coming out.

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gotrekfabian

@craigtl: Yep, it looks like a waste of space even if it doesn't take up that much room. Why would people want something which we can do on current gen consoles already and with next generation around the corner? Subscriptions for gaming are only real!y going to appeal to hardcore gamers and they won't want this inferior service with the possibilities of their gaming being disrupted via internet outages. Casuals definitely won't pay $10 per month especially when you can get PS Plus or XBox Live for half that price and get a few games for free every month as well.

This seems like an epic sales failure already to me.

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Garbalen

@gotrekfabian: Some might wonder, why bother with another console generation that are also subject to internet outages for a vast number of games. I have no doubts that there will be free games available though Stadia, and if it works as promised the only barrier of entry is being able to fill out billing information. I'm on the fence about the next console generation already. 1080p 60fps is good enough for my eyesight, and I don't expect the next Forza to look better than it currently does despite the new hardware, but I don't really have much interest in Stadia either at this point.

Also, I thought I saw somewhere that there is a subscription free model where you just buy the games you want, and can play them how you want, but I would want more details on that.

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gotrekfabian

@garbalen: The main issue with internet outages is that, unlike traditional console gaming, even single player gaming is affected when all you having is a streaming possibility. If the games are somehow downloadable then this skirts around the issue somewhat but it still means that you have to download the game which is something you can't do when the connection isn't there.

I do see streaming as the future of gaming but for now I don't think that internet infrastructure is up to the job just yet. Sure, for us city dwellers it would probably work out well (I rarely have any issues with my connection) but then there are far more people who live in townships, villages or outlook dwellings who just can't get a 'decent' connection speed yet. It's time is coming but streaming games is not quite where streaming TV and movie services is just yet.

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CraigTL

@gotrekfabian: right,I think the timing is all wrong. If they did this years ago along side the release of XBONE and PS4 they would have shaken things way up.

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videogameninja

Stadia sounds very ambitious but it’s going to take more than its hardware and what it can possibly offer to win over gamers.

A strong lineup of games is what will get gamers excited and if the past has shown us anything its that not having that can be the demise of even the most promising or innovative tech.

-BRING ON THE GAMES! NINJA APPROVED-

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gamingdevil800

@videogameninja: It would be cool if we saw the exclusive games they are working on but I get the impression we won't at this stage.

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CraigTL

@gamingdevil800: I dont think any developers will attempt to create exclusive AAA content until they see some major subs. Its like a catch 22. What they need to be a competitor, they probably wont get until they are a competitor. This is a tough situation but Google has big money to blow sooooooo maybe they will throw some big cash around to make something happen.

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Garbalen

@craigtl: Yeah, if it doesn't have a big launch I would expect the Epic Store model of throwing money around. I would be interested in knowing what it takes from the developer side though. Did Assassin's Creed just hand over a couple game DVDs or did they actually have to alter the source code?

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gamingdevil800

@craigtl: Apparently Jade Raymond is making an exclusive game for it.

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CraigTL

@gamingdevil800: I just saw that. It will be interesting to see what she comes up with. She has the experience but will she think outside of the box.... this thing is going to need something crazy ambitious to make it worth any attention.