Google offers a “humble thank you” to Stadia players with a free prototype game

Google Stadia will shut its doorways on January 18. As a parting reward, Google launched the sport they created to check the streaming service earlier than it launched. “Worm Recreation” is a model of Snake with many ranges and modes to strive and naturally it may be performed in your browser.

The Stadia workforce referred to the launch as a “humble thanks” to the gamers on the service:

“Play the sport that got here to Stadia earlier than Stadia got here to the world,” says the outline on its Stadia web page. “‘Worm Recreation’ is a humble title that we use to check lots of Stadia’s options, from lengthy earlier than our public launch in 2019, by means of 2022. It will not win Recreation of the 12 months, however the Stadia workforce spent a LOT of time taking part in and We thought we’d share it with you. Thanks for enjoying and for the whole lot.”

In case you’re curious, you may check out Worm Recreation with out a Stadia subscription for 180 minutes along with your free trial. For me, it was an illustrative demonstration of Stadia’s challenges: I’ve super-fast fiber-optic internet, however nonetheless skilled enter lag that made it troublesome to play Worm Recreation.

Google’s different efforts to close down Stadia are already underway, together with {{hardware}} and software program program refunds for anybody who has spent cash on Stadia throughout its lifetime. Most of those refunds are anticipated to be full by January 18. They too tweeted that they are releasing a “self-service software to allow Bluetooth connections in your Stadia controller.”

Whereas Stadia is shutting down for players, Google has mentioned that its streaming expertise can dwell on by being “accessible to our business companions.” That might put it alongside a number of different recreation streaming providers which have gone middleware, together with Gaikai and OnLive.