For anyone with Google Stadia, there’s some good news. If you currently pay out for Stadia Pro, you’ll have access to two new titles. Those being Farming Simulator 19: Platinum Edition and Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition from December.
However, some people who had Stadia from launch have already purchased these titles – at their sale price. On top of the subscription fee for Stadia Pro, some users forked out full price for the two games. Those prices being £39.99 for Farming Simulator and £9.99 for Tomb Raider. Naturally, these users are far from happy to hear that these games will now be offered for free.
As reported by Ars Technica, Google has offered an olive branch to these users in the form of refunds.
“Because of the proximity between the launch of the platform, and the announcement of these titles in Stadia Pro, we’re happy to assist you if you’d like to request a refund if you have purchased either or both of these titles, even if it’s outside of our normal policy”.Stadia Community forum
Google Aiming at Sony and Microsoft
These new free games come alongside Destiny 2 and Samurai Shodown. Both of these titles were offered to pre-order customers who had subscribed to Stadia Pro. With this current output of new, free titles, Stadia looks set to rival PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold programs. The key difference between the consoles and Stadia, however is that both the console’s systems run for around £40 each. Stadia is £8.99/month. The consoles currently have a lot more to offer users, whereas Stadia only has 22 titles (currently).
We’ll have to wait and see if there’s enough staying power behind Stadia. But there’s already been a fair amount of backlash and controversy surrounding the platform. History may not look favorably on Google’s first few months as a game publisher. Is there is still time for them to change their luck?
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ABG’s Senior Editor (News), YouTube content creator/streamer.