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UP IN THE CLOUD: ‘CYBERPUNK 2077’ LAUNCHES EARLY ON STADIA, BIG DISCOUNTS ON THQ TITLES

Up in the Cloud is a curated weekly round-up of the biggest stories from the world of cloud gaming services.

Stadia players will be able to visit Night City a day earlier than console gamers as CD Projekt Red’s highly-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 will launch on Google’s game streaming platform at 4 p.m. PT on Dec. 9, ahead of the official Dec. 10 release date of the new game. Cyberpunk is available for pre-order in the Stadia store for $59.99 and players who purchase the game before Dec. 18 will receive a free Stadia Premiere Edition. The title will also be available on PC platforms at the same time.

It’s not just futuristic RPG shooters that are coming to Stadia this week, however. Seven other titles are inbound to the platform this week, including Spongebob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – RehydratedFigmentValkyria Chronicles 4: Complete EditionDestroy All Humans!Watch DogsWatch Dogs 2 and Unto the End.

THQ titles are also on sale this week in the Stadia store, while games such as PGA Tour 2K21 and Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition are available for $10.99. Players can snap up Zombie Army 4: Dead War Deluxe Edition for $10.79 and several editions of Destiny 2 are also available at reduced prices, ranging from Forsaken and Shadowkeep for $8.24 to the Legendary Edition for $51.99.

In a Stadia live hangout last week, hosts Austin Creed and Katie Wilson announced Outcasters and Submerged: Hidden Depths are now free to play on Stadia Pro. Google Stadia is offering a free month of Stadia Pro to new Stadia subscribers. Stadia pro offers up to 4K resolution, 5.1 surround sound, additional free games, and exclusive discounts on select game purchases.

With the arrival of new games comes the ability for players to live stream directly from Stadia to their YouTube channel. Here’s how you can get started.

The service has also expanded to eight new European countries — Austria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Switzerland — bringing the total number of countries in which Stadia is available to 22.

Elsewhere in cloud gaming, Microsoft revealed its Game Pass streaming features will be available for PC and iOS in the spring of 2021. iOS will support streaming through a browser instead of an app. The Game Pass will also be available to new markets in Australia, Brazil, Japan and Mexico.

 

Photo courtesy of Stadia

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