Stadia Pro Ushers in 2020 With Rise of the Tomb Raider and Thumper

Stadia Pro Ushers in 2020 With Rise of the Tomb Raider and Thumper

Stadia Pro members will get Rise of the Tomb Raider and Thumper for free on January 1, 2020.

2019’s final Stadia games released two weeks ago and we are now looking forward to seeing how Google’s cloud-based platform performs over the course of its first year. While its 2020 lineup currently seems fairly barren outside of Orcs Must Die! 3, Get Packed!, Doom Eternal, Cyberpunk 2077, and Marvel’s Avengers, we will hopefully be hearing more about their upcoming games soon. In the meantime, early adopters of Google Stadia are chipping away at their libraries and can expect new free titles to usher in the new year thanks to Stadia Pro.

Like PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold, Stadia Pro grants players with two free games every month. At launch, Destiny 2 and Samurai Shodown were given early adopters. Then, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and Farming Simulator 19: Platinum Edition were given away in December. This month, Stadia Pro members are getting Rise of the Tomb Raider and Thumper for no additional cost. With the exception of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which is no longer free starting today, Stadia Pro players can still net themselves five games in January 2020 without actually buying them.  Still, it’s worth noting that you can no longer access these titles if you aren’t a member.

As I mentioned when December’s titles were unveiled, Stadia Pro’s free games are awkward around the genesis of the platform. The platform launched with just 22 games, so it likely that many owners have already picked up the likes of Rise of the Tomb Raider and Thumper. While those who already own these games can always ask Google for a refund, it may still catch some early adopters off guard and is emblematic of a launch that has been rocky overall despite the fact that the platform runs well on a good connection.

Google Stadia is available now and you can be sure that DualShockers will highlight how the fledging platform grows over the course of 2020. Happy New Year!