Everything about Google Stadia, Price, Release Date and Launch Games

According to Google, the future of video games is in the cloud. Google Stadia is an entirely cloud-based gaming platform that will let you play AAA games on just about any device that can connect to the internet, from your smartphone to your smart TV.

Google Stadia

Here’s everything we know about Stadia so far, including its price, release date, game lineup and more.

Google Stadia release date: when is it coming out?

Stadia is slated to launch in November 2019 in the U.S., UK, Europe and Canada.

Google Stadia price: how much will it cost?

The core Stadia experience will be available as part of Stadia Pro, which is a $9.99 per month subscription service that gets you a growing library of games at the service’s highest streaming quality (4K/60 fps/HDR). A Stadia Pro subscription also provides exclusive discounts to game purchases. It’s not totally clear which games will require a separate purchase and which will be part of Stadia Pro, but Google has confirmed that Destiny 2 is part of the membership.

If you’re looking to go all out, you can pick up the $129 Stadia Founder’s Edition, which includes a special Night Blue Stadia Controller ($69 separately), a Google Chromecast Ultra ($69 separately), 3 months of Stadia Pro, a 3-month buddy pass for giving Pro access to a friend, and a copy of Destiny 2 complete with all of its expansions. The Founder’s Edition is available for pre-order now on Google’s website.

Don’t want to subscribe to anything? You can wait for Stadia Base to arrive in 2020, which will allow you to simply buy the games you want to play a la carte.

Google Stadia games: the lineup so far

A slew of notable games are coming to Stadia at launch and beyond, from big AAA titles like The Division 2 and Doom Eternal to smaller indies such as Gylt and Get Packed. During its Stadia Connect livestream, Google teased that its working with top publishers such as EA, Rockstar, 2K, Ubisoft and Bungie.

Here are a handful of key Stadia games teased by Google so far:

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Baldur’s Gate III
Destiny 2
The Division 2
Dragonball Xenoverse 2
Final Fantasy XV
Get Packed
Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Metro Exodus
Mortal Kombat 11
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
Samurai Shodown
Just Dance 2019
Tomb Raider Triilogy
Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Google Stadia platforms: where can I play?

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Google Stadia streams games from the cloud, so you can theoretically play big-budget titles on a smartphone, budget laptop, smart TV or any other device that connect to the internet. The service saves your progress across platforms, so you can, say, start your Assassin’s Creed session on your phone and pick it back up on your PC later.

At launch, you’ll be able to use Stadia on any PC with a Chrome browser. The service will be exclusive to Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a smartphones at launch, with more phones to gain support in the future.

Google Stadia specs and required internet speeds

Google Stadia’s data centers are powered by a custom AMD GPU, which sports 10.7 teraflops of GPU power — that’s a whole lot more than the Xbox One X (6.0) and PS4 Pro (4.2). All of these specs allow the service to support gameplay at up to 4K at 60 frames per second, complete with bells and whistles like HDR and surround sound.

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Here are the recommended internet speeds you’ll need in order to enjoy different levels of gameplay quality on Stadia, according to Google.

35 MBps: 4K, 60 frames per second, HDR 5.1 surround sound
20 MBps: 1080p, 60 fps, HDR, 5.1 surround sound
10 Mbps: 720p, 60 fps, stereo sound

Stadia Controller and supported gamepads

While Stadia will work with your existing devices and a variety of supported controllers, Google is also launching its own peripheral: the $69 Stadia Controller. Sporting a familiar Xbox-style layout, the controller connects to the cloud via Wi-Fi to ensure responsive gameplay no matter which device you’re playing on. The gamepad sports both a capture button for sharing gameplay, as well as a Google Assistant button that lets you ask for gameplay tips without having to close your game and look up a walk-through.

The controller will be available in three colors: Wasabi, Clearly White and Just Black, with an additional Night Blue variant available exclusively to Founder’s Edition buyers.

If you don’t want to splurge for the Stadia Controller, the service will work with most popular USB gamepads, such as the Xbox One controller and Logitech F310. You’ll also be able to use a mouse and keyboard.

Google Stadia features: Crowd Play and State Share

Google Stadia isn’t just meant to provide an easy way for anyone to play big-budget games — it’s also meant to connect gamers and creators. With the Crowd Play feature, you’ll be able to click a button right on a YouTube stream and immediately start playing with that broadcaster. Think you can beat your favorite broadcaster at NBA 2K? This is your chance to jump right in and do it — so long as the streamer allows it, of course.

And because the platform saves every aspect of your game state to the cloud, you can, say, challenge your audience (or just a friend) to pick up from a specific spot in your play session and try to outperform you using the State Share feature.

via ~ Toms Guide

How much money does the Avengers cast make from Marvel movies?

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Marvel’s superhero movies are some of the biggest films ever. The latest one, Avengers: Endgame, has already made more than $1.3 billion after less than a week in theatres. Now, a report reveals how much money Disney/Marvel pays the cast’s biggest stars.

Starting with the biggest payday, Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. earned $75 million from 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War alone, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This was the result of a unique deal he made with Marvel boss Kevin Feige that gives the actor “backend” on the Avengers movies. A backend deal means an actor gets a percentage of box office grosses.

Infinity War was a massive commercial success, making $2.048 billion at the box office. Downey Jr.’s reported $75 million from that movie is likely tied to that huge performance.

THR’s report also claims that Downey Jr. was paid $5 million PER DAY for three days to film his parts on 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. The story doesn’t have any details on Downey Jr.’s salary for Avengers: Endgame. But if he struck a similar backend deal, Downey Jr. could stand to make another big bucket of money from the film. It’s already broken box office records in the US and worldwide and is poised for continued success.

As for the other big-name Marvel actors, THR’s story says Scarlett Johansson will be paid a figure in the $20 million range for the 2020 standalone Black Widow movie that she’ll star in and produce. Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, signed a five-year deal in the $15 million to $20 million range, while Captain America actor Chris Evans also had a five-movie deal in the same salary range, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Actors can also earn extra money from bonuses tied to commercial performance–though they’re getting more challenging to earn, it seems. THR says Marvel originally paid actor bonuses when a movie cleared $500 million in worldwide grosses, before moving to $700 million. Today, Marvel reportedly doesn’t generally pay actor bonuses until a film, especially an Avengers movie, reaches $1.5 billion. Infinity War reached that and Endgame should, too.

Plans for the future of the MCU are unclear; we know Spider-Man: Far From Home is coming in July and will mark the end of Phase 3. Beyond that, there are a variety of projects known to be in the works, such as the aforementioned Black Widow movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and The Eternals, but specific dates are unclear.

~ via Gamespot

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Bandai Namco announces Bless Unleashed, its first console MMO

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Bandai Namco today announced Bless Unleashed, a free-to-play MMO for Xbox One that will be the publisher’s first for a console.

Launching in 2019, Bless Unleashed was billed as “an untamed world with a rich backstory created with hardcore MMO gamers in mind,” according to a statement by Bandai Namco. The game is being developed by Round 8 Studio of Neowiz, the South Korea-based makers of Bless Online. That MMO launched in early access on Steam back in May.

Bandai Namco’s statement said Bless Unleashed will be developed with Unreal Engine 4. The game will feature five character classes for players to develop, combat will involve combo-driven mechanisms, and cooperative and competitive (PvP) multiplayer will be featured. Player characters will interact with deities and mythical beasts on their adventures.

“Every aspect, from the story to the combat, to the skill progression has been carefully crafted to portray a new console MMORPG experience,” In Joon Hwang, Bandai Namco America’s senior director for online publishing, said in the statement.

~ via Polygon

Best Selling Games in Japan (13-Aug-18 to 19-Aug-18)

The Top 20 best-selling video games at Japanese retail for the week of August 13 to August 19.

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1. Minecraft (Switch): 25,948 copies sold

2. Splatoon 2 (Switch): 24,188

3. Taiko no Tatsujin Nintendo Switch Version (Switch): 21,109

4. Mario Kart 8 DX (Switch): 20,346

5. WarioWare Gold (3DS): 20,142

6. Mario Tennis Aces (Switch): 18,520

7. Pro Yakyuu Famista Evolution (Switch): 13,259

8. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch): 12,111

9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch): 9,682

10. Kirby Star Allies (Switch): 8,707

11. Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon (3DS): 8,447

12. Octopath Traveler (Switch): 8,002

13. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch): 7,066

14. Yakuza 3 (PS4): 6,753

15. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (3DS): 5,766

16. Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy DX (Switch): 5,101

17. Okami (Switch): 4,758

18. Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit (Switch): 4,703

19. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2018 (PS4): 3,449

20. Fire Pro Wrestling World (PS4): 3,326

Assassin’s Creed is getting an Anime series!

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Artist Adi Shankar, the man behind the animated Castlevania series that will start airing on Netflix later this week, has just announced via a Facebook post that Ubisoft asked him to create an anime series of Assassin’s Creed!

I’m happy to let you guys know that I’ve selected my next project! I played the first edition of Assassin’s Creed the year I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dream. At that moment I knew absolutely no one in the industry and could never have imagined that one day Ubisoft would ask me to take the world of Assassin’s Creed and create an original story set in it as an anime series. If anyone tells you not to follow your passion in life they are wrong.

Adi Shankar on FB

R2-D2 droid used in the original Star Wars movies sells for $2.76 million

R2-D2 droid used in the original Star Wars movies

A complete R2-D2 unit assembled from parts used throughout the filming of the original Star Wars trilogy and the first two prequels sold at auction for $2.76 million Wednesday.

The Calabasas, California-based auction house Profiles in History confirmed the sale to EW.

Constructed of aluminum, steel, and fiberglass elements, the droid measures 43 x 29.5 x 20 inches and was pieced together over the years from original components used in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, and Attack of the Clones.

The auction house had previously estimated the R2 unit could sell for between $1 million and $2 million. Information about the buyer was not disclosed.

via ~ ew.com

Studio Trigger Announces Three New Anime Projects

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Trigger, the Anime studio best known for Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia, just announced three new Anime projects. Promare, Gridman, and a co-production with A-1 Pictures called Darling in the Frankxx.