Google Stadia players who purchased any of Ubisoft’s 37 games on the old platform will receive free PC versions of those games through Ubisoft Connect, the publisher’s launcher and storefront, Ubisoft said tuesday.
Free games started showing up in gamers’ libraries over the weekend, 9to5Google reported on Sunday. The transfer depends on linking their Ubisoft Connect account to their Stadia account. Ubisoft’s decision, coupled with Google’s promise to refund all game and add-on purchases made through Stadia’s marketplace, means some of Stadia’s abandoned players are coming out of the break with a free game.
Stadia players who had subscribed to Ubisoft Plus Multi-Access, the publisher’s library of downloadable and streamable games, will receive an email with instructions to continue their subscription through the Ubisoft Plus website, as well a voucher for one month of free service.
Google announced in late September that Stadia, the game streaming platform announced to much fanfare in 2019, would shut down on January 18, 2023. This means gamers will lose access to all games they’ve played, including those for which they paid after that date. The shutdown has prompted several developers and publishers to look for solutions for their players, whether in the form of transferring game saves, game port to other platforms, or whatever.
Ubisoft has launched 37 games on Stadia, by far the most of any publisher. All but six are currently listed on Ubisoft Connect; the missing ones are the board games Family Quarrel, Trivial Pursuit, and One Anniversaryand three versions of just dance (2020, 2021, 2022).
For those who wish to continue streaming Ubisoft games on their PC – some may not have the hardware requirements to take on a 2020 or 2021 game after all – Ubisoft notes that gamers can continue with Luna’s platform. Amazon or through Nvidia’s GeForce Now. All Ubisoft Stadia customers, whether game owners or subscribers, will receive a coupon code for a free month of GeForce Now Priority.