The Google Stadia might be going the Xbox One route when it comes to “free”-to-play games. In a response to a Twitter user asking about Fortnite: Battle Royale yesterday, the official Stadia account said that to have “access to a catalogue of free games, you’ll need Stadia Pro.”

The current list of games coming to Stadia doesn’t includes anything that is currently free-to-play, though Destiny 2 is on the list. One would also have to imagine that popular F2P games like Fortnite: Battle Royale and Warframe are being considered for inclusion, considering their success on other platforms.

Google Stadia is expected to launch in November. There will be a monthly subscription, Stadia Pro, which will go for about $10/month and allow you to play games in 4k at 60 frames per second, and a free Base level, coming in 2020.

The key question is what is referred to by the “catalogue of free games,” which has also been referred to as a “back catalog,” indicating games that aren’t new or current, like Fortnite. This has been stated since the Stadia was revealed, but the dodginess regarding a direct question about Fortnite is concerning.

At current, I’d guess that you’ll be able to buy most games, like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Final Fantasy XV, as you normally would for their retail price, but the additional subscription will grant you better graphic fidelity as well as access to that “catalog.” In that case, they’re “free” as compared to what you’d be paying for ACO or FFXV, but not “free” overall. Suffice it to say, more clarification on what that “catalog” includes — or doesn’t include — will be needed.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

3 COMMENTS

  1. It makes sense though. Your paying for the streaming in 4k/60fps from their hardware. Streaming f2p games at 4k/60fps for free to everyone would use up much of their infrastructure and bandwidth for little return. They could avoid the controversy by removing games that are free to will turn free in the future.

  2. A stadia death for this as its a very bad play at grabbing limelight from the gaming industry.
    Google has a great track record of doing such a wonderful job on what was a beautiful search engine and making it the greatest spying network ever, it should of been a brilliant place peaceful place to visit. Use DuckDuckGo. for a search engine that google should kept being. 🙂

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