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Stadia Pro gets 6 free games for September, with 3 leaving

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Are you a Stadia user or Stadia Pro subscriber? Well, some interesting news for you as Google have revealed what's coming for you in September and it's pretty good.

Stadia is the game streaming service, that works on pretty much anything with a Chromium-based browser. Powered by Linux and Vulkan in the cloud, it's slowly building up an interesting library of games to pick from. Stadia Pro is the optional monthly subscription, which gives you access to free games each month that once claimed you get to keep if you continue your Pro sub.

For September, Stadia Pro subs will be getting two limited time exclusives in addition to some titles new to Stadia:

  • Super Bomberman R Online!, a 'First on Stadia' title with 64 player online play.
  • Gunsport, an action-packed two-on-two competitive challenge. This is another 'First on Stadia' title.
  • HITMAN, the classic stealth and assassination action experience - new to Stadia.
  • Hello Neighbor - new to Stadia.
  • Metro Last Light Redux, second in the FPS series that follows the Russian underground in a post-apocalypse setting.
  • Embr, a firefighting game that pokes fun at the gig economy, see our initial thoughts on that here.

Not a bad little mix there. Additionally though, these titles will no longer be in Stadia Pro as of the end of August: Kona, GRID, and Get Packed—so claim them now or you will have to buy them as normal in September.

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On top of that, they've announced that Windbound will be on Stadia at release on Friday, August 28. If you pick up Windbound 'Launch Edition' on Stadia between August 28 and September 11 and you’ll also get bonus in-game content, including the Ancestral Attire, Ancestral Oar, and Ancestral Knife.

Play on Stadia.com.

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Liam Dawe 26 Aug
Quoting: iiariStupid question from a non-Stadia user: Why do games "exit" Stadia? I mean, they're not running out of server space or anything. Is it that they don't want to pay rights? Wouldn't this be annoying to subscribers to really like a game and then, oops, it's gone!
Games don't exit Stadia, they're leaving Stadia Pro - so people who do not claim them during the time they're in Pro, have to buy them like everyone else does. Exactly the same as PS Plus on the PlayStation.
I think Devs are more inclined to release on Stadia rather than the normal desktop for various reasons:

- Less expenses on support tickets since devs only have to target a specific set of hardware and distro (hiring and training staff might also be a contributing factor).

- Companies such as EA, Ubisoft, Rockstar....etc won't have to port their clients (UPlay/Origin etc) to Linux and this is probably a big plus, otherwise providing a Linux download would prove complicated (imagine asking less tech savvy Linux users to install Wine to play a native game ~ confusion??), Stadia does away with all of that.

- Linux marketshare is low, devs might have no issue porting, but the ones up higher probably think the revenue will not meet their costs/expectations (I feel this applies more to large companies since indies seem to be more Linux friendly).

I don't believe that developing and porting to Linux is the problem, especially with Vulkan around. It's the same old cycle where Linux is not very popular on the desktop so devs don't target it much and in turn refusing to help it grow.

These are of course my thoughts, I could be wrong.
iiari 30 Aug
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Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: iiariStupid question from a non-Stadia user: Why do games "exit" Stadia? I mean, they're not running out of server space or anything. Is it that they don't want to pay rights? Wouldn't this be annoying to subscribers to really like a game and then, oops, it's gone!
Games don't exit Stadia, they're leaving Stadia Pro - so people who do not claim them during the time they're in Pro, have to buy them like everyone else does. Exactly the same as PS Plus on the PlayStation.
Got it, thanks, that helps clear it up.
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