Stadia can be a tough sell for a lot of gamers. The library is still maturing, there's always the fear of connection issues getting in the way of gameplay, and plenty of people are just going to be more comfortable going with a gaming solution from a company with more history in the field. But for those who do give it a shot, there can be a lot to like, and for me, Stadia really became something I was excited about last fall with the release of Far Cry 5. And now if you're a Pro user, you can see what I'm talking about this weekend, with the game free to play through Monday.
Well, this hardly comes as a surprise, but Ubisoft has announced that its free-to-play action RPG Tom Clancy's Elite Squad is shutting down. Today marks the last update for the title, and its servers will be shuttered on October 4th. Ubisoft says the game is no longer sustainable, which basically means it wasn't making any money. Perhaps this has to do with the heavy pay-to-win mechanics shoved into the title, or maybe it's because of the gacha that didn't offer any waifus? Either way, the game is dead less than a year from its release, which is why it's never a good idea to invest in free-to-play cash-grabs from Ubisoft.
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Google's cloud gaming service, Stadia, began trialing on November 19 (2019), and even though you needed a $130 Founder's Edition kit to gain access, Google eventually opened the floodgates to everyone in August (2020). So far, many games have been announced for the service, and we expect more of them to pop up as we go along. Of course, it can be a difficult to keep track of things in this fast-moving industry, so we've got you covered with a handy list of all the titles that have been announced for Stadia.
Ubisoft has published a blog post detailing its future plans for The Division and its series of looter shooters. Included in this post is information about an upcoming mobile version of The Division. The studio says it plans to bring its The Division universe to mobile, but what form this game will take is anyone's guess, as it doesn't sound like a direct port of the console and PC title.
Far Cry is one of Ubisoft's most popular game franchises, with most of the titles taking place in an open-world area where you fight against rival factions for control. The fifth entry was released in 2018, placing you in modern-day Montana as you battle a doomsday cult, and now it has arrived on Google's Stadia streaming platform. Last year's spin-off title, New Dawn, has also joined the party.
Last year, Ubisoft introduced a subscription service giving users access to current and future games from the studio. Google said at the time that the service, then called Uplay+, would be coming to Stadia in 2020. It's been a while since then, and Ubisoft has some big news, rebranding the subscription service and announcing that a beta is coming to Luna and then Stadia before the end of the year.
Ubisoft already offers many free games on the Play Store, but most are stuffed with in-app purchases. Well, it would seem Ubisoft is giving back for once with its latest release Rabbids Coding. This is an educational game designed to help kids over the age of 7 learn basic programming skills. You see, those pesky Rabbids just trashed a space station, and so it will be the player's job to fix things by creating sequences of commands that will remove each Rabbid from the space station, one by one.
Streaming video games is the hot new thing; everybody's doing it. Google launched Stadia last year, and Microsoft took xCloud live just a week or two ago. Now Amazon is getting in on the fun, and it has some unique tricks up its sleeve — get ready to meet Luna, a new cloud gaming service from Amazon.
Ubisoft has revealed Tom Clancy's Elite Squad, a new free-to-play action RPG that will stuff everyone's favorite Clancy characters into a single release. It will play like a strategic military RPG that's based around the lore of popular Ubisoft titles, such as Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, The Division, and Rainbow Six. You'll get to form a team of your favorite Clancy characters to take on a story-driven single-player campaign or face off against your friends in an online PvP battle mode.