PUBG Free? Embr Secret Hosr?? Fairy Stadia-Godmother granting 3 wishes??? What’s this all about?
After 3 weeks of radio silence on the Stadia Community Blog due to the festive period, Team Stadia are finally back in the office! What’s better is that they have posted the first This Week On Stadia (TWoS) of 2022. Hold up, don’t start writing home to mommy just yet! There really isn’t much to talk about here. But let us briefly review the latest Stadia News reported in this issue of TWoS.
Embr Secret Hosr
If you haven’t played the fun and frantic firefighting game Embr then you really should give it a try.
You play as a firefighter who must access burning buildings, navigate your way through fire, extreme heat and smoke, try to extinguish the burning flames to minimise the spread of the fire, save the lives of a mix of both frantic and nonchalant residents, and try to save expensive household items. As you progress through your career you earn more money that you can use to upgrade your water pistol, buy fans to blow away smoke, trampolines so you can throw survivors out of windows, and a whole host of other wacky tools and upgrades to help you survive and succeed.
Embr exited early access last September and also added a cross-platform feature, which was a welcome addition for Stadia players. Muse Games have continued to update and add content and features to this fun firefighting (un)simulator ever since.
The latest addition to Embr is an update called Secret Hosr, available at no extra cost. In this update you must keep an eye on your teammates as there is corporate spy amongst you. The job of the spy is to work against the Embr firefighting team, to burn the buildings down to the ground. and to execute the detonation of the bomb!
All team members get the opportunity to vote to remove a suspected Hosr agent. Be careful though, voting out the wrong team member will make your mission harder for you and much easier for the real secret agent to succeed.
Play Embr Secret Hosr on Stadia now.
PUBG Free. Yes, free!
PUBG is now a Free To Play game on all platforms. However, if you want to play Ranked Mode you will have to pay for Battleground Plus. For a one-time payment of $12.99 (Approx. £10.79) PUBG players will get the following:
- Access to Ranked Mode
- Access to Custom Matches
- Career Medals tab
- A bonus 1,300G coin
- A 100% Survival Mastery XP Boost
- A bunch of in-game items
You will get access to all of these if you already own the game. That includes those who got the game free on Stadia Pro
FARCRY 6: Pagan: Control
The second of the 3-part AOC chapters presented as DLC for Farcry 6 is available now. The 3 chapters focus mainly on the Farcry villains throughout the series.
Farcry 6: Pagan: Control is available as part of the Season Pass or as an individual purchase.
Stadia + Samsung = Something Beautiful
During the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2022 Samsung unveiled their Gaming Hub…
Samsung says they will be shipping their line up of 2022 Smart TVs and Monitors with Gaming Hub Preinstalled – boasting stunning graphics and low latency. This is, conceivably, a pretty big deal for Stadia as it means that potentially millions of devices will be sold with Stadia installed and ready to go. No Chromecast device required!
I’m excited to hear this news and really hope that it will bring more players to Stadia. More Stadians can only mean the platform will get better games, better features, and more people to play with online.
Stadia’s 3 Wishes
Lastly, Stadia attached a link to a survey where they asked Stadia users a few important questions, such as “How often do you read the Stadia Community Blog?”, “How often do you play games on Stadia?” and “Which types of updates do you find most interesting on the Stadia Community Blog?”
Ultimately, I think it’s great that Stadia is reaching out to its player-base and I really hope that they take the feedback they get and use it in a positive and constructive way. It would be nice to see more of this type of engagement from the folks at Stadia in the future.
The final question of the survey was “Stadia has granted you three wishes (and you can’t wish for more wishes) – what are you wishing for?” – A great question to end the survey with, giving participants a chance to really let the folks at Stadia know exactly what they want to see on the platform.
Inlead, creator of the Stadia Pro Game Monitor and the Stadia Metacritic Monitor analysed over 1,000 social media responses, did his thing, created an awesome visual datasheet and shared it on Twitter. We contacted Inlead directly and asked if we could feature it in this post. He graciously accepted. So, here it is:
On the Twitter post, Inlead made the following disclaimer:
This awesome visual is incredibly telling. The “Games” category is the category that has the most votes, by far! – Netting over 45% of the total analysed votes.
The team behind Stadia have done a great job at pumping the platform with games over the past 2 years. They managed to exceed their promised quota of 100 games being added to the platform in 2021. However, it’s clear that some people would prefer to see some more popular/AAA titles come to the platform. I also agree.
Although Stadia has tonnes of great Indie titles, it would be nice to see them bulk out their catalogue of bigger game titles in 2022.
Taking just over 23% of the analysed votes was the “Hardware” category.
With GeForce Now’s recent RTX 3080 upgrades, there is a lot of pressure on Google to upgrade and improve their Stadia blade hardware. I would be very surprised if we didn’t see an update to Stadia’s driving hardware within the next 6 months. The real question isn’t “if“, it’s more “when?” and more importantly, “what?“
As a side-note, I just want to point out that keyboard and mouse support only made 1%, surprisingly. I think being able to use keyboard and mouse to play a few specific games (namely FPS + Sim-style games) on my Chromecast or Android device would be sweet!
Finally, I’d like to point out that nearly 20% of people using one of their precious hypothetical “wishes” on wanting Google to communicate with them more about what is happening with the Stadia platform outlines a real issue. To put it in to perspective, statistically, more people would rather have more communication than updates and additions to Frontend/UI features. This should be the other way round. Communicating with your user-base, keeping them in the loop with what’s happening, game release dates..etc should not be an issue. Google has an opportunity to make some sizable, positive changes here at very little cost. Let’s hope they take advantage of that opportunity.
Did you fill in the Stadia Survey? What are your 3 wishes for Stadia this year? Please let us know in the comments section below.
We would like to say a big thankyou Inlead for letting us use his datasheet. You should definitely go follow him on twitter, he’s a great asset to the Stadia community. Also, check out his bio.link, which has links to all his projects, his YouTube channel and a place where you can donate a few quid as a way of saying thanks for all the work he’s done within the community.