After a brutal couple of months, things are starting to heat up in the gaming industry with more updates and announcements. This week, the upcoming game Humankind announced an unfortunate delay as Immortals: Fenyx Rising picked up its Myths of the Eastern Realm expansion and more.
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 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!
New games now available on Stadia
New on the Stadia Store this week were three games, perhaps most notably including Kaze and the Wild Masks, one many in the community have been excited for. The full list includes:
As of this week, Google has added 27 games to Stadia in calendar year 2021, well on its way to the promise of at least 100 titles added this year.
Stadia game updates
Outriders release times
If you’re looking forward to Square Enix’s upcoming Outriders, good news! On Stadia, the game will see an earlier release window than some consoles. That’s because the Stadia port is based on the PC version of the game, which also hints at potentially some better graphics performance (fingers crossed!).
Outriders will be available on Stadia across the globe at midnight EDT on April 1. The same time, notably, also applies for Nvidia’s GeForce Now streaming platform.
Humankind game gets delayed by a few months
SEGA’s upcoming game Humankind is getting a delay, unfortunately. The strategy game that looks a lot like Sid Meier’s Civilization series had a playable demo on Stadia last year and the game was set to release next month, but the developers this week announced that Humankind would be delayed to August 17. In a brief post, the Humankind developers explain that the delay will allow for “an amazing day one experience.”
Risk of Rain 2 ‘Anniversary Update’ is coming
Hoppo Games announced its “Anniversary Update” for Risk of Rain 2 this week, but so far the update is only live on PC/Steam. The update brings with it a new survivor, several new items, and more. Apparently, the update is coming to consoles “soon,” but it’s unclear at this point where Stadia stands in line. Previous updates have arrived at roughly the same time as PC, so it’s unclear why this one is delayed.
You can read more about everything new in the Anniversary Update here.
Immortals: Fenyx Rising ‘Myths of the Eastern Realm’
Ubisoft’s Immortals: Fenyx Rising focuses mainly on the mythology of the Greek gods, but in a new expansion the story moves eastward. “Myths of the Eastern Realm” has players acting as Ku, a new hero with new exotic monsters and Chinese deties.
Experience an exciting new tale inspired by Chinese mythology! As Ku, a brave new hero, you must help the Goddess Nuwa restore the balance between Heaven and Earth. Encounter legendary Chinese deities, fight exotic monsters, and challenge yourself with unique puzzle mechanics in the quest to save humanity.
Embr expands with cross-play in tow
The hilarious fire-fighting game Embr has just expanded to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. It’s the same game on these new platforms, but does support cross-play with all other platforms.
Hitman 3: Seven Deadly Sins
A new expansion is headed to Hitman 3, with the “Seven Deadly Sins” announced this week. The first part of the expansion arrives next week on March 30th.
New DLC is coming to HITMAN 3 on 30 March! The Seven Deadly Sins is a 7-part expansion for HITMAN 3 that takes players deep into the mind of Agent 47. Can you resist all seven sins?
HITMAN 3: Seven Deadly Sins will be released over time through seven unique content packs. Each of the seven packs are focused on a different sin and include a visually distinct contract, sin-themed unlockable suit and at least one sin-themed item that can be used across the World of Assassination. Some items may also have unique properties to remind you of the sin they are inspired by…
Games coming to Stadia
This was a huge week for games announced for Stadia, so let’s run through everything announced. Most notably, Capcom is bringing Resident Evil: Village and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard to Stadia. The latter will be free for Stadia Pro members in April while Village will be launching in May with free gear, too. Alongside that, it looks like Capcom is also bringing Resident Evil Re:Verse to the platform, or at least a note in the store’s listing seems to point in that direction.
Several JRPG games were announced including Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III.
Our friends over at StadiaSource also discovered evidence that points to Real Farm is likely on its way to Stadia.
What we’re playing this week
Kyle Bradshaw — Murder by Numbers
This week, my gaming obsessions have been focused on Murder by Numbers, a game that combines the investigative aspects of murder mystery visual novels with increasingly difficult Picross puzzles. I had been meaning to pick this game up last year when it launched on Switch, but I’ve been holding out for the Stadia release ever since it was first spotted at a ratings board. For me, Murder by Numbers is the first game on Stadia that has helped me recapture the magic of playing games in the heyday of the Nintendo DS. For $7.50, I strongly recommend any puzzle fans to pick up this gem.
This week’s biggest Stadia news:
- Stadia 3.9 prepares touchscreen gameplay, ‘Player notes,’ Android TV app, more
- Resident Evil Village coming to Stadia May 7, free Chromecast and controller bundle w/ purchase
- Resident Evil 7 Biohazard coming to Stadia April 1, free w/ Pro
- Kaze and the Wild Masks is available now for Google Stadia
- DIRT 5 is now available on Google Stadia
- ‘Ys’ and ‘The Legend of Heroes,’ two beloved JRPG series, coming soon to Stadia
- Stadia Games and Entertainment open sources some of its development tools
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