Day 2 of 3 down for the Stadia event (see day 1 here), with multiple new announcements to go through of new games coming and extras playable right now.
Starting off with the big one, Stadia has an exclusive Beta of HUMANKIND, the upcoming 4x strategy game that's been likened to a Civilization-killer. Not only is it coming to Stadia, just like they did with the PAC-MAN battle royale title from yesterday anyone with a Google account can just jump on in right now and play it until October 28.
There's a few limitations like turn limit and so on, as it's a Beta. However, you can keep replaying it until the beta disappears. HUMANKIND releases in full in April 2021.
Having demos and betas up like this on Stadia is actually excellent, as you can just jump in and try something ridiculously quickly. That is a genuine strength of Stadia as a platform, I hope they do more of this, a lot more. Even if you're not interested in Stadia as a platform overall, it's an interesting way to try out games.
Also announced for Stadia is ARK: Survival Evolved, which will be free for Stadia Pro when it launches in "early 2021. ARK is one that's actually already on desktop Linux, although their existing version is quite terrible. Hopefully the Stadia version will actually work nicely, and perhaps even filter down to the Linux version - but not likely.
Orcs Must Die! 3, which is currently a Stadia exclusive and genuinely a lot of fun is getting an expansion. It's still in Stadia Pro too, so anyone who signs up gets instant access to the full existing game but the expansion will not be included in this as it will be a separate purchase when it launches on November 6. It will have five new scenarios with new tricks, new traps, and a brand new War Scenario full of marauding green monstrosities.
Tomorrow is the last day, and really this could have been done in a single day. With tomorrow it will bring a playable demo for Immortals Fenyx Rising.
You can play games with Stadia on Linux in a Chrome / Chromium browser on Stadia.com.