ARK: Survival Evolved, the still incredibly popular open-world game from Studio Wildcard is now on Stadia and along with a few other games it's free for Stadia Pro subscribers.
Much like ARK ports to other platforms, their version on Stadia has plenty of issues. ARK has a history of being buggy, and their native desktop Linux version is pretty awful. It doesn't seem like their Stadia port is much better with graphical issues, graphics that look quite poor in a lot of places and yes even plenty of stuttering at times too. So, a pretty standard port of ARK then. I can tell you for sure after trying it myself on Stadia, it looks nothing like the trailer:
If you were to pick up ARK based on that trailer — wow you would be seriously disappointed. The render distance for objects is ridiculously low too so it's a constant pop-in. Just terrible.
As for other games on Stadia today is the start of a fresh month so here's what you can claim with Stadia Pro today:
- ARK: Survival Evolved
- Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition
- Little Big Workshop
- Legend of Keepers: Career of a Dungeon Manager
- Wave Break
Additionally the game Blue Fire is sticking around in Stadia Pro, after Google previously announced it would be leaving. So presumably it was popular enough for Google to want it to stick around for more people to claim it.
In other Stadia news the subscription service Ubisoft+ is now available on Stadia for all of the regions Stadia covers and Watch Dogs: Legion will be getting a free weekend starting Friday for Stadia Pro subs. You can also now change your Stadia name twice a year a bit more easily, so you're not stuck with something silly.
On top of that they've brought back the $10/£10 credit if you didn't previously use it as a new, current, or former Stadia Pro customer and there's a big Indie Game sale going on Stadia so maybe you can pick something up.
Play Stadia on Linux on Stadia.com with a Chromium browser.