As a publisher, Ubisoft is involved in cloud gaming, even if some of its partners are not. You can stream its biggest titles on Xbox Game Pass streaming, Nvidia GeForce Now and Stadia; in fact, Ubisoft was Google’s first game streaming partner to offer. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in 2018 for an unnamed beta of the service. Google Stadia is not long for this world, but Ubisoft wants to make sure that its players are not: it offers free codes to Stadia players on the PC Ubisoft Connect platform.
Ubisoft took to Twitter (as spotted by KitGuru) to announce that it plans to offer replacements for Stadia players who purchased Ubisoft games for PC. Details are scarce: We don’t know if games claimed to be free will count as part of Stadia Pro’s monthly promotions, or if the company is considering offering codes for consoles as well. (After all, part of the appeal of Stadia and other streaming platforms is that you don’t need a powerful gaming PC to play.)
Ubisoft says it will have more to announce later. The codes will presumably be offered in addition to the full refunds for Stadia hardware and software already promised by Google.
The announcement of Stadia’s closure has caused a lot of headaches for developers. Hitman says maker IO interactive that he is “looking for ways to follow you Hitman experience on other platforms,” and Muse Games is offering it Heb owner Steam codes for those who purchased the game on Stadia. The developers of the handful of Stadia-exclusive games are a bit on the fence. Developers of Q-Games and Tequila Works PixelJunk Raiders and Gylt respectively, say they are exploring options to port their games to other platforms.
The players aren’t thrilled either. While Stadia’s user base wasn’t huge, those who used the service regularly were passionate, and there aren’t any alternatives left that offer a one-on-one feature replacement. One Red Dead Online players reported spending 6,000 hours on the multiplayer game with no clear way to track their save file when Stadia shut down in January.