Google has always wanted its cloud gaming streaming service, Stadia, to change the way YouTube streamers interact with their fans. Nearly ten months after its launch, Google has finally introduced its Crowd Selection feature in its first two games. Choosing a crowd allows spectators to vote on, say, which team joins the game, which part of the dialogue they choose, or other decisions in the game that the player can make. The streamer can ultimately decide whether he wants to follow the audience’s offer or make his choice.
On October 1 Dead by Daylight will launch at Stadia Pro and this will be the first game to integrate Crowd Choice. IN Dead by Daylight, the feature gives the audience a chance to vote on whether the streamer should be the “killer”
On October 6, Baldur’s Gate 3 will be the second game to support the feature. Unlike Dead by Daylightwhich is an asymmetric horror game for survival, Baldur’s Gate 3 is an RPG with the ability to play alone or online with other players. When Crowd Selection is enabled, the streaming audience can vote on what narrative decisions the creator must make to develop the story. IN Baldur’s Gate 3, Google says, “Everything from who your character falls in love with to which friend to become an enemy can be decided by viewers.”
Although I’m not a Stadia player myself, I’d like to watch Stadia streamer play Baldur’s Gate 3 so that I can vote for the dumbest dialogue option they can choose.
Together Dead by Daylight, The paid subscription to Stadia Pro also adds five additional games to its library on October 1 – Man: Fall Flat, Superhot: Mind Control Delete, Lara Croft: Temple of Osiris, Celeste, and Jotun.
Stadia’s anniversary will come in a few months, and it looks like there will be more competition: the cloud gaming market has recently begun to heat up with the announcement of Luna on Amazon and the launch of Microsoft’s xCloud.