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Stadia Pro users demand more than the two games Google is adding in February

Metro Exodus

Google is set to add two new games for February 2020 to its Stadia Pro subscription service in February: GYLT and Metro Exodus. The announcement, reported by 9to5Google and yet to be confirmed, comes alongside a post currently trending at the number one spot on the Stadia subreddit filled with community cries for content on the platform.

There are five games within the Stadia Pro collection as of the end of January: Destiny 2: The Collection, Farming Simulator 19, Samurai Shodown, Thumper, and Rise of the Tomb Raider. It’s reported that from February two new games will be added to the platform, Gylt and Metro Exodus. The former launching as a timed exclusive on the streaming platform.

However, two games already included in the collection will be leaving to make way for the two new titles. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Samurai Shodown will be leaving on January 31 at 09:00 PT (17:00 GMT), so existing users should claim them immediately to avoid missing out.

There’s under a month left on the first batch of Stadia Pro 3-month subscriptions. From late February onward, users will be required to purchase a further subscription (or wait until Google’s free 1080p service launches).

Google Stadia library

However, some of the Stadia community appears to be unconvinced by the platform’s premium library. A post by user Gizoogle titled “Stadia has officially gone 40 days without a new game announcement/release, feature update, or real community update. It has been out for 69 days. It’s time we demand better” has been trending at the top spot of the official subreddit with 5.8k upvotes and 978 comments at time of writing (how many of those upvotes are from Stadia owners cannot be confirmed, and the platform has its fair share of detractors).

“I’d really like for them to extend this 3 month period in a 6 month or until we get out of this “pre-release” state period,” user Ins0mn3ac writes, “since until now it’s been worthless to have pro. We have no info, no news, nothing basically about games and absolute radio silence from them, and it’s been a month since christmas. Feels like the project is already dead.”

“Man, I really wish they advertised this as some kind of paid Beta,” user VooDooJenkins writes. “They over sold and under delivered.”

Google has officially responded to the critical thread, and promised to ensure it remains visible across the subreddit.

“Hey everyone, thanks for taking the time to write out your thoughts,” community manager Grace writes, “and don’t worry I’ll make sure this post doesn’t get removed. All the concerns you’ve brought to the table are completely valid, and I understand where your frustrations are coming from. Nobody likes to be left in the dark. While I don’t have product updates to share right at this second, I can promise you that I have been, and will continue taking feedback posted to r/Stadia and other channels, like the Stadia Community Forum, back to the Stadia team. As always, thanks for your patience. Keep these notes coming. I’ll be jotting them down as they come in.”

There are also numerous positive reports from early adopters, especially those looking forward to the two titles joining the Pro library come February.

The pivotal litmus test for the Google platform will be the transition period for Founder’s Edition users, at which point these users will have to choose to resubscribe, and the launch of the free service. That’s fast approaching, and we’re sure to see a renewed marketing push from Google in the meantime, so watch this space.

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