Next Tuesday will be a busy day for Stadia fans, but ahead of that reveal come two more indies to the platform, including an award-winner. El Hijo - A Wild West Tale and Celeste will both hit Stadia soon, though no release dates were yet revealed.
El Hijo is a non-violent stealth game set to a wild west backdrop about a boy looking for his mother. It's not yet out on any platforms so it may be the case that it's coming to Stadia alongside other platforms, which currently include Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC. It was revealed at E3 last year. (Remember E3?) You can see a trailer for that one below.
Meanwhile, Celeste is likely one you already know. It's an award-winning platformer that tells a story of a young woman who is determined to scale a mountain named Celeste. The game's themes grapple with knowing your limits and overcoming difficulty, whatever that may mean to you. It's been lauded for its story, gameplay, and music since it launched on other platforms in 2018.
These two games should be considered precursors to next week's Stadia Connect, a digital showcase event highlighting what's new and upcoming to Google's burgeoning streaming game platform.
We know Stadia is getting some major AAA projects over the coming months, such as Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and Ubisoft's Gods & Monsters, which is rumored to have undergone a name change. We can reasonably expect other changes coming soon as well, including to the Stadia user experience. The platform recently updated to include game state sharing, which lets players drop directly into a game such as the creative sandbox Crayta with nothing but a link and entitlement to the game. It's like Google Docs for video games, and pretty cool to see.
The Stadia Connect will unfold on July 14 at 10 am Pacific. You can catch it online, of course, and we'll share a link on the morning of the event if you want to watch it here.