The French publisher is not providing a smooth transition from Google Stadia to PC.
With less than a month left for Google Stadia (its funeral is on January 18), several companies have already managed to provide a good way out (Bungie, IO Interactive, and CD Projekt RED are three good examples), so that players on Google’s cloud platform can continue elsewhere. By contrast, perhaps Stadia’s biggest backer, Ubisoft (a full supporter of another cloud service, Amazon Luna), is not taking the shutdown seriously.
Indeed, we’ll still have access to most Stadia games, with Ubisoft Connect offering “free” access, Amazon Luna being an alternative in the US, and a free trial of Nvidia’s GeForce Now service for a month. Their announcement, which shows why their approach is hands-off, reads:
“Whether you own Ubisoft games through Google Stadia or want to continue cloud gaming with Ubisoft+ Multi-Access, Ubisoft will help ease the transition to other platforms – and on games that feature cross-progression through Ubisoft Connect, such as Far Cry 6 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off on Stadia. Ubisoft is giving you the PC versions of Ubisoft games you owned on Stadia at no extra cost. These games will automatically be added to your library via Ubisoft Connect. Note that any virtual currency you have in your games won’t transfer from Stadia to Ubisoft Connect or any other platform, so be sure to spend it before January 18, as the items you buy on games that have cross-progression will follow you.
If you subscribed to Ubisoft+ Multi-Access through Stadia, you’d receive an email with instructions on how to sign up directly via the Ubisoft+ website, along with a voucher for one free month of Ubisoft+ access. Players who subscribed through Ubisoft in the US can also continue streaming Ubisoft+ games via Amazon Luna. At the same time, existing subscribers outside the US will receive a discount on Ubisoft+ Multi-Access for six months,” the French publisher says.
So: there’s no coherent plan to carry over saves, and only five of their games will have such a feature ((Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Far Cry 6, Immortals Fenyx Rising, The Division 2, Watch Dogs: Legion). And the other thirty-some games will require a relaunch, but Just Dance 2020 or Just Dance 2022, for example, won’t be coming to PC with us. The suggestion to spend virtual currency also expresses that they are treating this move as a compulsory evil and ignoring gamers.
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