Google Stadia this week picked up a handful of new games, including the incredibly delightful Time on Frog Island.
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 roundup of which new games were released on Stadia during the week, which games saw updates and patches, new games either confirmed or speculated for the platform, and more. Come back every Friday, and don’t forget to check out Bandwidth, our weekly look at the rest of the cloud gaming world, including GeForce Now, Luna, and more.
New games on Stadia
Google released three new games on the Stadia Store this week, with the most notable being Time on Frog Island, which arrived day-and-date with other platforms and directly onto Stadia Pro. While we’ve yet to try the game ourselves, it looks absolutely adorable and delightful, and the theme song (below) has been stuck in my head all week.
Other new additions include:
- DC League of Super Pets: The Adventures of Krypto & Ace – $39.99
- Valiant Hearts: The Great War – $14.99
- Time on Frog Island – $24.99 | Free with Stadia Pro
Notably, Valiant Hearts: The Great War arrived with support for Direct Touch, allowing Stadia players on mobile phones and tablets to play the game with touchscreen controls.
Google has added 41 new games to Stadia so far this year. In 2021, Google delivered 107 new titles to the Stadia library, and the company promised at least 100 new games during 2022, a tall order at this current rate – but more weeks like this one would certainly help the platform achieve that promise.
Notably, Google has stopped including the promise of 100 new games in its most recent community updates and blog posts, with the last mention having been in March.
Games coming to Stadia
Atari has announced the next game in its Recharged series, Yars: Recharged. The game is coming to all platforms later this year, and is confirmed to arrive on Google Stadia too.
As announced last week, Saints Row is also confirmed to be coming to Stadia.
Outcasters is now free to play
One of the few fruits of Stadia Games & Entertainment is going free to play. As of this week, Splash Damage’s Outcasters is free to play, but the game is essentially set to maintenance mode.
More new game trials
Google confirmed more new game trials are now available on Stadia, with over 100 games available now.
24 new Click to Play Trials are now available on Stadia, helping you discover more games across the Stadia store. Today, more than 100 trials to full games are available for everyone to try playing at no additional cost and without creating a Stadia account. Now, deciding which game you want to add to your ever-expanding backlog is easier than ever with new trials for Hello Engineer, Enter The Gungeon and Terraria.
Stadia prepares new feature, improves Android TV support
Our Kyle Bradshaw this week dove into the Stadia v4.22 APK, uncovering a few new additions on their way. Stadia posts may soon support reactions, there seems to be a “spectator” mode on the way, and there’s the addition of a warning for “too many players.” There are some other strings in the app that were picked up on elsewhere, but we’re fairly confident they’re attached to Google Assistant, rather than Stadia. Google’s apps often overlap with bits and pieces like this.
You can read Kyle’s full breakdown here.
In other news, recent updates to Stadia’s Android TV app have improved support for the Stadia Controller.
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