Google Stadia notes, Destiny 2 notes, Baldur’s Gate 3, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for June 7th, 2019. thegamingobserver.com for links and transcript.

Google Stadia presentation notes

First up, Google held a presentation about their new video game streaming service, Stadia. They heavily emphasized that it will be available on any device that has a chrome browser, including the Pixel smart phone. Minimum internet requirements are 10 Mbps download, but if you want 4K graphics you’ll have to go up to 35 Mbps. Pricing has two tiers. The free tier lets you use the service, but mandates that you buy each game individually. The paid subscription called Stadia Pro is $10/month and will give you a baseline of free games, and then it will allow you to purchase others that are perhaps brand new. If you want to get in early, they are offering a Founder’s Edition bundle for $130, which will give you 3 months of Stadia Pro for yourself and a friend, a limited edition Stadia controller, and a Chromecast Ultra. There will be lots of AAA games available from the start, which will all be processed in their data centres, so no need for any beefy hardware. The Founder’s Edition arrives this November, and everything else comes early 2020. It’s interesting how they’re approaching this, and I hope that they make something great here.

Larian announces Baldur’s Gate III

One of the first announcements that was made at the beginning of the Stadia presentation was the reveal of Baldur’s Gate III. It’s made by Larian Studios, who are most well known for the Divinity Original Sin series of games, which is the perfect studio to take on this IP. There’s no timeline on this but I’m sure we’ll know much more in the coming months, so I’ll stop the story here.

Destiny 2 receiving a ton of updates. Going free-to-play

And funnily enough, an hour after the Stadia presentation, there was a Destiny 2 presentation from Bungie. They made so many announcements about the game it’s ridiculous, so I encourage you to tune in on Sunday for Observer Radio for more details. The gist though is that it’s going free to play, with various expansions being added as premium content. The next expansion is called Shadowkeep, and its release will move the game from the Battle.net launcher to Steam. Not only that, they’ll be giving away all previously paid content for free, and will introduce cross-saves between Xbox, Stadia, PS4, and PC. So you can take your characters anywhere you want.

Blizzard cancels Starcraft shooter in development

It’s just been confirmed that a first person shooter set in the Starcraft universe has been cancelled in the midst of development. Nobody was laid off as a result of the cancelation, and the team that was working on it will be transition to work on the upcoming Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2, which are currently unannounced but in development.

That’s the news for today. Thank you so so much for tuning in. If you’re a new listener, welcome, and feel free to say hi on Twitter, @gaming_observer. Thanks to Brandon for supporting the show through Patreon. My name is Adrian Simple, see you tomorrow, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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