Stadia is almost a year old now, and though it still has a lot potential, it hasn't taken off in the way Google might have hoped. The company has started offering perks for recruiting new members in an effort to broaden the service's reach, but sometimes the best way to make gamers happy is just to add more games. Six new titles are joining the Pro party for November, including Sniper Elite 4 (with HDR support, exclusive to the Stadia version), The Gardens Between, and Hello Neighbor: Hide & Seek.
It's hard to believe, but Stadia is almost a year old now. Despite reaching this milestone, Google's cloud gaming service hasn't exactly taken off into the mainstream just yet. In an effort to help spread the Stadia gospel, Google is now offering free perks like a month of Stadia Pro in return for referring friends to the platform.
Stadia Pro continues to load up on the great game selection, and with October's lineup, has 29 games to claim and play as long as they remain subscribers. And the list of six new additions for the month are pretty good, including crowd favorites like Dead By Daylight and SUPERHOT. Not only are there new games, but some new features are also going live, including live streaming to YouTube with support for Crowd Choice.
Google kicked off Stadia's Free Play Days program last month with an event that let Pro subscribers play looter-shooter Borderlands 3 free for four days. Later this week, subscribers can enjoy limited-time access to open-world racing title The Crew 2, free of charge.
Everybody assumed Stadia Pro would follow the 2-game-per-month standard set by XBox Live and Playstation Plus, but things have ramped up quite a bit in the last few months. Four titles were added for subscribers in the beginning of August, and then a surprise fifth game landed a couple weeks later. Now September is coming in hot with six titles to claim.
Quirky arcade action game Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break is available on Stadia starting today. You'll control various rolling avatars, like the moon and a giant wheel of cheese, to smash up historically-themed, often surreal levels. And if you're a Stadia Pro subscriber, you can get it for free.
Another month, another round of free Stadia Pro games. This time, you can get your hands on a total of four titles if you subscribe to Google's $10 Pro tier, and if you're a Chromebook owner, you can even get three months of the service for free. The games in question are Strange Brigade, Kona, Metro 2033 Redux, and Just Shapes & Beats.
Stadia had a lot of momentum when it debuted last year, but it's fair to say that it hasn't quite delivered on the hype yet. A lot of features were missing from the initial launch, but Google has been making progress. Stadia now supports gaming via 4G/5G, but you probably won't be able to play Fortnite anytime soon. Another teased capability that's been absent is live streaming to YouTube, but it looks like the first round of limited testing has now begun.
Google announced earlier this month that indie darling platformer Celeste was making its way to Stadia "soon." The company made good on its word: you'll be able to pick the game up today for $19.99. Google also announced August's free games for Pro subscribers: Metro 2033 Redux, Strange Brigade, Kona, and Just Shapes & Beats.