It's safe to say Google Stadia has not made the sort of impact the tech giant may have hoped for, but in a blog post today, the team seemed optimistic for the year ahead. The Stadia team highlighted some of the platform's early accomplishments while teasing some major new developments coming in 2020.
The marquee change coming to Stadia is its vastly expanded library. Currently just a few dozen titles exist on Stadia, and many of those games released on other platforms years ago, meaning the early titles left many wanting. But Google said today that they are "tracking more than 120 games coming to Stadia in 2020," including "more than ten" which will launch as timed exclusives in the first half of the year. They weren't yet able to reveal any of those titles, but they added, "we're working with our partners to share more on those games soon."
Other improvements coming to the platform include 4K gaming on Chrome web browser, more functionality for the Google Assistant features for players on browser, wireless gameplay for browser-based players, and increasing the number of supported Android devices. They also stress that this isn't all they have planned for 2020, just some of the things they can talk about for now.
In case you missed it, Stadia recently acquired Typhoon Studios, the indie team behind this month's Journey to the Savage Planet, as they seem to have caught some of the acquisition bug that has been affecting Sony and especially Microsoft as of late. Following the team's debut game out later this month, they will presumably go to work exclusively on games built for Stadia. Typhoon is comprised of and led by several former AAA game developers with experience on series such as Assassin's Creed and Far Cry.