The first week of March saw a few new games added to Google Stadia, including PixelJunk Raiders that is exclusive and already preparing a patch that adds a community-requested feature.
Stadia Changelog is a weekly series on 9to5Google where we round up some of the Stadia news that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to talk about. This includes a round of what new games were released on Stadia during the week, what games saw updates and patches, new games either confirmed or speculated for the platform, and more. Come back every Friday!
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New games now available on Stadia
This week saw the launch of 5 new games on Stadia, headlined by today’s addition of Saints Row The Third – Remastered. The critically acclaimed title first launched in 2011, but saw its remaster released in mid-2020. The game has now been expanded to Stadia and sells for $39.99.
The full list of games added to Stadia this week includes:
- Saints Row: The Third – Remastered
- Monster Jam Steel Titans 2
- It Came From Space and Ate Our Brains
- AVCII Invector
- PixelJunk Raiders
PixelJunk Raiders is the other major release this week, as its also the latest exclusive available on Stadia. The rogue-like single player game also has deep State Share integration, a feature only made possible on Stadia. PixelJunk Raiders is available for free to Stadia Pro subscribers.
Stadia game updates
PixelJunk Raiders prepares inverted controls
Speaking of PixelJunk Raiders, early players on Stadia have had one major request. There’s been plenty of outcry from the community asking for the ability to invert the y-axis controls within the game, something that’s offered by many other titles. In a tweet on Friday, Q-Games confirmed the feature was coming “very soon.”
Marvel’s Avengers is revamping XP
If you’re a fan of Square Enix’s Avengers game, good news is coming. Alongside the Hawkeye story expansion, Marvel’s Avengers is also revamping its XP system. The system will switch to a “curve,” where each new level requires higher levels of XP to move forward. This means it will take longer for new players to level up characters to the highest level, 50. This change won’t affect anyone who has already reached level 50, though. Some cosmetic updates are also coming, which Marvel’s Avengers explains here.
With these changes, Marvel’s Avengers will be a more balanced experience overall. We’ll let everyone know when the cosmetic vendor rework is coming, but in the meantime, if there are items you wish to receive in the current fashion, you should do so before March 18. Until then, we’ll have more information on replaying the Reassemble Campaign and updates to the Harm Room in the near future. Thank you for all the continued support!
Hitman 3 gets second content update
A couple of months after its debut, Hitman 3 is getting its second major update. Available now, the game’s second major update delivers new contracts, a seasonal event, and new gear, too. The full changelog is available here.
In related news, a server-side update went out on March 3 that fixed “some inconsistencies with mastery levels” in the game.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Hotfix
On March 4, Ubisoft put out an update for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla that fixes a few minor issues. That includes the placeholder box in River Raids and “Guaranteed Assassinations” not working as expected.
Games coming to Stadia
Officially, we don’t know much about what’s heading to Stadia in the near future, but two new games were rated for the platform. Our friends over at StadiaSource spotted MotoGP 21 as it passed through the ERSB, and Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition was also rated by the USK for Stadia. Nothing major, but more games is always good news.
This week’s biggest Stadia news
- Stadia 3.5 continues prep for party chat on Android, Hailstorm subsides, more
- Saints Row: The Third Remastered reaches Stadia this week
- PixelJunk Raiders hands-on: This exclusive game is solid as a rock, and not always in the right ways
- Google adds four Stadia Pro games for March 2021, including PixelJunk Raiders
- Stadia reportedly canceled projects including Savage Planet 2, Kojima exclusive
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