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UP IN THE CLOUD: STADIA ADDS TO GAME LIBRARY, SHUTTERS STUDIOS

Google Stadia rocked the cloud gaming space on Monday when it announced the closure of the studio portion of its business.

While most of the team will reportedly find new roles within Stadia, Jade Raymond, head of Stadia Games & Entertainment, is leaving.

“I am proud of the team we built at Stadia Games & Entertainment, and the ground-breaking work on exclusive games for the platform,” Raymond tweeted on Tuesday. “It was a difficult decision to take on a new opportunity, and I will be forever grateful to this team for everything we learned and achieved together.”

Stadia claims the decision to shutter SG&E was made in order to focus all energy on making the platform a premiere destination for third-party titles.

To that effect, the February free games for Stadia pro members are Journey to the Savage Planet: Employee of the Month Edition, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Enter the Gungeon. Farming Simulator 19 will also be available from Feb. 4-8.

Stadia is also hosting a Ubisoft family game sale which includes titles such as Just Dance 2020, Just Dance 2021, Family Feud, Monopoly and Uno.

Elsewhere in the cloud:

Prime Gaming Gets Eclectic

Amazon’s Prime Gaming released its list of February free titles which includes Table Manners, Stealth Bastard Deluxe, Spinch, Monster Prom: Hotseat Edition and Swimsanity!.

FIFA 21 is also available on the platform, offering a Prime exclusive ultimate team reward pack which includes one 81+ OVR player pick item and four rare gold player items.

PlayStation Looks Back on 2020

PlayStation is offering users a chance to celebrate 2020 gaming accomplishments through its wrap-up report. PlayStation 4 players can access through their account and see stats on trophies earned, top-played games, play hours and more. PlayStation is also offering stats on all PlayStation users in 2020, such as total hours played in The Last of Us Part II and total home runs in MLB: The Show 20. Meanwhile, the second Fall Guys winter knockout bundle dropped, available through Feb. 15. It includes a slushie bear costume and 6500 kudos.

Xbox Game Pass Roster Grows

Xbox Game Pass is expanding its library of content, adding several titles in the month of February for its subscribers. These additions include Ghost of a Tale on Feb. 4 and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and Jurassic World Evolution on Feb. 11, among others. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics and The Walking Dead have also been added to Xbox’s cloud gaming service currently in beta. The Elder Scrolls Online DLC Blackwood is now available for pre-order ahead of its June 8 release.

Photo courtesy of Google Stadia

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