Google Stadia officially shuts down on January 18, and the team behind the video game streaming service has given the world Worm Game, the final title to be released for the platform that has been used to test many of Stadia’s features before. its launch. .
Worm Game can now be played by anyone with a Google Chrome browser, and it is very much inspired by the classic Snake game. It’s not the most graphically advanced game, 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 must do so before January 18th as it will become unplayable when Google Stadia officially shuts down.
Screenshots of Worm Game, Google Stadia’s latest game
It’s a rare glimpse behind the curtain of game development, and it’s a fascinating look at how the team helped bring Stadia to life.
“Play the game that came to Stadia before Stadia came to the world,” the Stadia Platform Content team wrote. “‘Worm Game’ is a humble title that we used to test many Stadia features, long before our public launch in 2019, through 2022. It won’t win Game of the Year, but the Stadia team spent A LOT of time playing and we thought we’d share it with you. Thanks for playing and for everything.”
Alongside Worm Game, the Stadia team has another surprise in store for those who have invested in the failing platform as it will release a “self-service tool to enable Bluetooth connections on your Stadia Controller” next week. We don’t have the exact details on how it will work yet, but those will come “on release”.
Google Stadia was launched in 2019 and is a cloud gaming service that allows users to stream video games, including AAA titles such as Cyberpunk 2022 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, to devices with Google Chrome. It doesn’t matter how powerful the device is either, as everything runs on Google’s cloud service.
Google announced in September 2022 that Stadia would shut down in January 2023, but it made the generous gesture of refunding “all Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store, as well as all game and add-on purchases made through the Stadia Store”.
While Stadia may not live another month, the underlying technology will live on as Google has already started offering it as a white label product. This means other companies can use the technology without saying “hey, it’s powered by Google Stadia!” AT&T has already taken advantage of this by offering Batman: Arkham Knight to its users for free.
For more on the rise and fall of Google Stadia, be sure to check out our in-depth review of what happened to a platform Google has promised will be “the future of gaming”.
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Adam Bankhurst is a reporter for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Tic.