Google Stadia is releasing next month with Destiny 2: The Collection, being one of the proud names for the new “cloud-console”. The game now has an ESRB rating of T for teen, just as it does for all the other platforms.
Although Destiny: The Collection does include a combat and violence theme, its themes are not as violent as to deem it a Mature title. We’ve seen the same rating take place for PC as well lately, resulting in some rather interesting outcomes. On PC, Destiny 2 right now has succumbed to name censoring, sending fans into a frenzy over their names since the platform changed to Steam. The reason behind that is its rating and the fact that children might be trying it out too.
Destiny 2: The Collection on Google Stadia will be free-to-play and will include the base game and all its expansions up to the latest one, Shadowkeep. That comes as a surprise since the game has gone free-to-play on PC as well, however, Forsaken and Shadowkeep are available for purchase individually. Google has announced Destiny 2 as its platform’s first free game and you’ll be able to jump right into it as soon as it releases.
What’s interesting to note here is that Destiny 2: The Collection will have no cross-play with other platforms. The feature isn’t out of question for a later date, since Bungie is investigating whether or not that can happen.
At launch, Google Stadia players won’t be able to play with PC, Playstation 4 or Xbox One users. That raises questions as to whether or not the player-base will be robust enough to support its major features like PvP and Crucible.
It’s still early to say whether or not Google Stadia will be appreciated by gamers yet. Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Interactive has recently talked about cloud gaming, giving the example of Playstation Now to prove that console players are not ready yet to make the cloud a necessity. Will this apply for Stadia too? Or will it rise above all other cloud services and reinvent the way we play?
In related news about Google Stadia, the company revealed that its solution to Founder’s Edition availability issues is to introduce Premier Edition. This Edition of Google Stadia is coming with a White Stadia Controller and a Chromecast Ultra. In addition it includes 3 Months of Stadia Pro and Destiny 2: The Collection.
We can’t wait to see what the launch of the cloud platform will be like. Will Destiny 2: The Collection be able to stand tall to the expectations of players? When will we see Google Stadia available to all countries? We will most likely be able to address those questions by the end of the year.