Google Stadia Has Released One Final Game Ahead of Its Shutdown On January 18


Google Stadia is officially shutting down on January 18, and the team behind the video game streaming service has gifted the World Worm Game, the final title to be released for the platform and used to test many of Stadia’s features before launch .

Worm Game is now playable by anyone with a Google Chrome browser and is very much inspired by the classic game Snake. It’s not the most advanced game graphically, but it has multiple levels, the ability to change your worm’s color, and four modes – Campaign, Arcade, Multiplayer, and Build.

It’s also important to note that if you want to try Worm Game, you’ll need to do so by January 18th, as it will become unplayable when Google Stadia officially shuts down.

It’s a rare behind-the-scenes look at game development, and a fascinating look at how the team helped bring Stadia to life.

“Play the game that came to Stadia before Stadia was born,” wrote the Stadia platform content team. “’Worm Game’ is a modest title that we used to test many features of Stadia, starting well before our public launch in 2019 and ending in 2022. It won’t win Game of the Year, but the Stadia team did spent a lot of time playing it and we thought we’d share it with you. Thanks for playing and for everything.”

Besides Worm Game, the Stadia team has another surprise in store for those who invested in the failed platform, as it a “Self-service tool to enable Bluetooth connections on your Stadia Controller” next week. We don’t have specific details on how it will work yet, but these will come “at release”.

Launched in 2019, Google Stadia is a cloud gaming service that allows users to stream video games, including such AAA titles as Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, to devices running Google Chrome. It also doesn’t matter how powerful the device is, since everything runs on Google’s cloud service.

Google announced in September 2022 that Stadia would be closing in January 2023, but made the generous gesture that “all Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store, as well as all game and add-on content purchases made through the Stadia store”.

While Stadia may not see another month, the technology behind it will live on as Google has already started white labeling it. This means other companies can leverage the technology without saying, “Hey, this is powered by Google Stadia!” AT&T already took advantage of this when it offered Batman: Arkham Knight to its users for free.

To learn a lot more about the rise and fall of Google Stadia, be sure to check out our in-depth look at what happened to a platform that Google promised would be the “future of gaming.”

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