- Google Stadia reveals latest policy.
- Discounted games bought via Stadia Pro won’t be accessible once the subscription expires.
- Platform’s launch goes from bad to worse.
Another day, another new chapter in the ongoing Google Stadia dumpster fire. Google has revealed that players who purchase discounted games while subscribed to Stadia Pro will no longer have access to them when the $10 a month subscription expires.
No Access To Discounted Games Once Stadia Pro Expires
The news surfaced in a tweet authored in Italian on the official Stadia Twitter handle. In response to a question querying how the subscription works, the translated tweet reads;
Hi! We saw your post and we want to help you! Games obtained free or with discounts thanks to the Stadia Pro subscription will no longer be available once the subscription has expired. You can continue playing with the games you have purchased at full price. A greeting!
A loss of access to free games is understandable as this one of the few positives of subscribing to Stadia Pro. Applying this to the discounted game hasn’t gone down well.
For example, through Stadia Pro, a subscriber can pick up Assassin Creed Odyssey for $30 instead of the full list price of $60.
The discount is pretty enticing if we put aside the prohibitive pricing of a one-year-old game. Once that subscription lapses, wave goodbye to island-hopping in the Aegean Sea as a sassy Greek demigod.
PlayStation Gets It Right
To highlight the lunacy of this, PlayStation Plus subscribers benefit from the occasional discount in the PS Store. When the subscription expires, players still have access to the games.
Money’s been spent on ownership of the games regardless of the discount, and PlayStation rightly recognizes this.