Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service will shut its doors in January, leaving many wondering what will happen to the games they purchased on the ill-fated platform. Several publishers, including Bungie, IO Interactive, and CD Projekt Red have offered players ways to continue their games on other platforms, and now Ubisoft has outlined their full plan. Ubisoft has arguably been Stadia’s biggest supporter, bringing dozens of titles big and small to the service, so their statement is one gamers have been waiting for.
The good news is that you can still access most of your Stadia games as Ubisoft offers “free” PC copies of what you purchased, playable via Ubisoft Connect. Those still looking to stream their games will do so via Amazon Luna in the US. Those elsewhere will get a discount. Oh, and Ubisoft is also throwing a free month of GeForce Now into the pot.
Whether you own Ubisoft games through Stadia or want to continue playing in the cloud with Ubisoft + Multi-Access, Ubisoft will help ease the transition to other platforms – and in games that feature cross-progression through Ubisoft Connect, such as Far Cry 6 and Assassin’s Creed. Valhalla, you will be able to pick up where you left off in Stadia.
Ubisoft gives you the PC versions of Ubisoft games you own on Stadia at no additional cost, and those games will automatically be added to your library via Ubisoft Connect. Note that any virtual currency you have in your games will not transfer from Stadia to Ubisoft Connect or any other platform, so make sure you spend it before January 18th, as items you purchase in games with cross-progression will follow.
If you subscribe to Ubisoft+ Multi-Access through Stadia, you will simultaneously receive an email with instructions on how to register directly via the Ubisoft+ website, as well as a coupon for a free month of Ubisoft+ access. Players who subscribe through Ubisoft in the US can also continue streaming Ubisoft+ games via Amazon Luna, while existing subscribers outside the US will receive a discount on Ubisoft+ Multi-Access for six months.”
As indicated above, there are some caveats to Ubisoft’s plan. Notably, there is no blanket plan for transferring save files, as only games that already support cross progression can be transferred on Stadia-PC. Only five games (Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, Immortals Fenyx Rising, The Division 2, and Watch Dogs: Legion) support cross-progression — if you bought one of the 30 other Ubisoft games released on Stadia, I guess you’re out of luck. In fact, there are a few games, including Just Dance 2020 to Just Dance 2022, that won’t port at all. Oh, and yeah, virtual currency won’t be brought in either, with Ubisoft encouraging players to spend it before they lose it (because, of course, they are).
Stadia officially closed on January 18, 2023.