Most likely the biggest news coming from GDC 2019 was Google’s announcement of Google Stadia. An online streaming platform that will allow players to play games at 1080p directly from their chrome browser. Players will be able to use PS4 and Xbox One controllers as well as Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and Google’s freshly announced Stadia controller when controlling games they are playing on the Google Stadia. Players playing games on one device will be able to stop playing and pick up thei game from the same spot they left off on another device. Games will be streamed from Google’s server.
No price point has been announced yet. It has also not been said if games will have to be purchased individually or if it will be subscription based or both. One thing that was announced though is that it will be available sometime this year.
God of War Wins Game of the Year
God of War won The Game Developer’s Choice Award for Game of the Year. This is just another game of the year award God of War has won, as it has won many other publications and shows game of the year awards. In the Game Developer’s Choice Award for Game of the Year it was going up against Red Dead Redemption 2, Return of the Obra Dinn, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and Celeste.
In addition to winning the Game of the Year Award, God of War was nominated in five other categories including; Best Audio, Best Design, Best Narrative, Best Technology, and Best Visual Art.
Cuphead is Coming to Nintendo Switch
Former Xbox One and PC exclusive Cuphead will be coming to Nintendo Switch on April 18th, 2019. While the game will be releasing on April 18th, a post-launch update will bring Xbox Live to the game on Nintendo Switch sometime after the game’s launch. Studio MDHR said Microsoft approached them about bringing the game to the Nintendo Switch. This aligns with what was previously known about Microsoft wanting to bring Xbox Live and previous Xbox Exclusives to the Nintendo Switch and with this it looks like Microsoft and Nintendo’s relationship continues to positively grow.
Quantic Dream’s PS Exclusives Coming to PC
Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human will release on the PC during 2019 and be exclusive on the Epic Games Store for one year after release, this means that the soonest the three games can come to Steam is 2020. The relationship between Quantic Dream and Epic Games appears to be a strategic one in order to get some high-quality exclusive games that can’t be found in other digital PC game stores namely Steam.
Cadence of Hyrule Announced
Cadence of Hyrule is a spin-off to both The Legend of Zelda and indie game Crypt of the Necrodancer. This announcement is huge because it means that an official Legend of Zelda game will be indie developed which is a first in history. We’ve seen third-party companies work on Zelda games before but never an indie developer which means Nintendo has both a lot of faith in the project and its developer.
Crypt of the NecroDancer is a rhythm based dungeon crawler where you have to defeat enemies and move to the music. It was well received when it was received averaging an 86 on Metacritic.
Check out the trailer for Cadence of Hyrule below!