Ubisoft is having many of its older titles be available in Google Stadia. This consists of well-known IPs but older games and also smaller titles. Ubisoft is bringing in Watch Dogs, Watch Dogs 2, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, Far Cry New Dawn, and Far Cry 5 to Google’s cloud gaming platform.
The other games Ubisoft is planning to bring are Dance 2021, Immortals Fenyx Rising, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, and Riders Republic. Stadia Pro members get free copies of Strange Brigade, Kona, Metro 2033 Redux, Just Shapes, Beats and Rock of Ages 3: Make And Break.
Having new launches on a platform catches the eye and would tempt some people to try the new platform. But the presence of older titles of the same IP reinvigorates that trust. Google Stadia can promise many things and maybe they even provide them, but the service cannot function without the titles. The project had a rocky start- starting from unreliable gameplay ability to Youtubers and influencers allegedly faking it to see Stadia is potentially latency-free. It also has to complete with multiple platforms and services, including Steam and Epic Games. Ubisoft’s own launchers aren’t an exception. There’s also GeForce Now.
The State of GeForce Now, now!
Nvidia has its own cloud gaming platform before Stadia came forward. But it is having a tough time to have developers stay in the cloud gaming platform. The major players 2K, Activision and Blizzard just yeeted from the platform a few months ago. Activision and Blizzard say its just a misunderstanding, claiming the contract ended with was only for free closed BETA. that STATEMENT doesn’t explain why it chose to negotiate in advance and stay on the platform. Your guess is as good as mine. But they can come back when she sees it is beneficial for them. Google will have to make it work.
But Ubisoft and Epic Games is also sticking with GeForce Now. As many publishers left Nvidia’s cloud computing, this is a sign of relief for them. Epic’s Tom Sweeney even went forward and said GeForce Now is the most dev-friendly and publisher-friendly compared to other major streaming services. He also said, “Game companies who want to move the game industry towards a healthier state for everyone should be supporting this kind of service.”
CD Projekt Red is going to have Cyberpunk 2077 ready on day 1. So with three AAA developers, we’ll just have to see if it can pull other major competitors. I would like to see Nvidia pulling in indie game developers, too. On the same note, some indie games show a lot of potentials to be famous titles, and that Nvidia working with them for GeForce Now, RTX and DLSS 2.0 is a good step to diversify PC gaming within its ecosystem.