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Google Stadia adds free trials for ‘Control’ and ‘Riders Republic’

Back in October, Google Stadia introduced free trials with its Hello Engineer game. While the service lets users try any game they want with a $10-per-month Pro subscription, it was the first time free users were given the chance to test a game before purchase. Now, according to 9to5Google, Stadia is giving free users the opportunity to take two more games for a spin before they have to buy them. One of those games is Control: Ultimate Edition, which recently just came out for the platform.

Ultimate Edition contains the core Control game, along with the expansions that were released for it. Like Hello Engineer, players will be able to test it out for 30 minutes before they have to decide whether to pay $40 for a copy. The other game is Ubisoft’s recently released Riders Republic, a massively multiplayer extreme sports game, where teams can battle each other on bikes, skis, snowboards and in flying wingsuits. Players will get the chance to try it out for two hours instead of just 30 minutes, perhaps because half an hour might barely be enough to cover tutorials when there are several extreme sports to choose from. Besides, Riders Republic isn’t cheap and costs $60 to purchase.

With the addition of these two games, we can probably expect Google to make more titles available for free trial in the future. It could be an effective way to get people who’d rather own the titles they play interested in purchasing from Stadia instead of from other gaming platforms. 

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Google Stadia introduces free trials with its own ‘Hello Engineer’ game

On top of announcing a Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot and a Doom Eternal update yesterday, Stadia appears to have added support for free game trials starting with its own exclusive title, 9to5Google has reported. Spotted by YouTuber Gem, the feature allows users on the free tier to get access to a 30-minute trial for Hello Engineer, before deciding whether to spend $20 buying it. 

Hello Engineer is a new free game for Pro tier subscribers, but it costs $20 if you’re on the free tier. Below buy/claim with Pro options, however, is a a new “Free trial” button that allows for 30 minutes of free play. Once launched, it starts a countdown timer from when you start the trial, rather than active playtime. At the end, Google asks if you’d like to purchase the game while saving your current progress, according to 9to5Google

Google has yet to officially mention the new option and there’s no word on whether it may expand to other games. You could, of course, trial any game available for free on the Pro tier with Google’s 30-minute free trial of Stadia Pro. It would be nice, though, for all users to be able to try any game before deciding to buy it. 

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Epic accidentally reveals Fortnite Winter Trials with rewards and tournaments

It’s not every day that Epic accidentally leaks its own upcoming Fortnite plans, but that’s exactly what happened. Fans noticed that Epic published — and then quickly deleted — a web page for an event called Fortnite Winter Trials, including details about a tournament starring popular streamers, rewards, and more.

It seems that Epic didn’t mean to publish the Fortnite Winter Trials web page as evidenced by the fact that it was soon deleted. That deletion didn’t happen fast enough, however, and known game data-miner HYPEX managed to capture a video of the full page before it was taken down.

It seems the upcoming event will include some new winter-themed skins, including a creepy variation of Crackshot. As well, players will be able to earn some Winter Trials badges quickly by logging into their Epic account, playing Fortnite for 20 minutes, and supporting a team.

Based on the leaked page, supporting a team seems to refer to the streamers tapped to participate in a Winter Trials tournament. Badges will let players get rewards, including a new weapon wrap and what appears to be a new emote image, as well as a unique spraypaint design.

There are a total of 12 rewards listed on the page, the three aforementioned ones made visible while the remainder were kept hidden. As for the tournament, the ‘Influencer Leaderboard’ listed on the Winter Trials page lists streamers Nick Eh 30, SypherPK, Nate Hill, EMADGG, and 72hrs.

Supporting one of the teams will involve clicking a thumbs-up button next to their team name on the leaderboard. Players will also vote for the next challenge in the trials, options of which involve solo missions like ‘The Mercenary,’ ‘The Bounty Hunter,’ and ‘The Pacifist.’

As for dates, the leaked page shows individual and team challenges taking place on January 26, 27, 29, and 30. The group tournaments, meanwhile, list January 25 (today) as the start date, so it seems these details may not be entirely accurate. We’ll know for sure once Epic officially announces the event.

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