Google has already promised that those who buy games on Stadia will be compensated for their purchases once the service closes in January, but Ubisoft has gone a step further. The game maker has promised that anyone who buys its titles will get a copy on PC.
“While Stadia will close on January 18, 2023, we are pleased to share that we are currently working on bringing the games you own on Stadia to PC through Ubisoft Connect,” said Jessica Roach of Ubisoft. the edge (Opens in a new tab). “We will have more to share regarding specific details as well as the impact on Ubisoft+ subscribers at a later date.”
While it is undoubtedly a generous offer, given that Stadia players shouldn’t be left out of their pockets for their purchases, it’s clearly beneficial for Ubisoft to bring a whole host of banished streamers into its gaming system that has historically lagged behind Steam as the go-to for PC gamers. profile.
Of course, it can be a very empty gesture for Stadia players. While some sign up to Stadia for the convenience of being able to play their games anywhere using a web browser, others sign up because they don’t own a console or PC capable of playing the kinds of games Ubisoft offers, like Watch Dogs: Legion, Far Cry 6 or the series Assassin’s Creed.
Having a PC version of their laptop not working as well as a game made on Stadia is a poor alternative to the service Stadia customers know and love. However, it should be noted Ubisoft Connect powered by Nvidia GeForce Nowso you can always play your newly acquired games through another streaming platform if your hardware isn’t ready to be scratched and you don’t get too burned by your Stadia experience.
However, there is a question about what happens to the saved games, which Ubisoft never mentioned. What’s the point of getting a new copy of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla if it doesn’t also come with the 70% completed save you invested dozens of hours in Stadia?
There might be some hope here, though. The company’s subscription service, Ubisoft+, already comes with a cloud save feature, so there’s a chance Ubisoft could do something similar for Stadia releases in the three and a half months before Google shuts down the servers.
Ubisoft has been one of the biggest supporters of Stadia with its major franchises all present and true on the Google Games platform, but has this experience left it less likely to allow its games to be streamed in the future? No, Roche says. “We believe in the power of live streaming and cloud gaming and will continue to push the boundaries to deliver amazing experiences to our players wherever they are,” she wrote.
Not only does Ubisoft Connect work with GeForce Now, but the company’s Ubisoft Plus channel is still part of Amazon Luma – the streaming service that comes with a Prime subscription.