Rise of the Tomb Raider, Thumper coming to Stadia Pro in January

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Google’s Stadia Pro is adding two more games to its library of ‘free’ games for subscribers. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Thumper will be available next month.

Google has announced its “free” games for those who are Stadia Pro subscribers. Starting January 1, those who are subscribed to the monthly service for the streaming platform will be able to download Rise of the Tomb Raider and Thumper.

It’s actually the Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration edition of the game. According to Square Enix, it includes all previously released downloadable content — Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, Endurance Mode, Cold Darkness Awakened, 12 outfits, 7 weapons, and 35 expedition cards — plus the new “Blood Ties” content (with PS VR support) as well as the co-op Endurance mode and Extreme Survivor difficulty.

This is actually the second Tomb Raider game offered through Stadia Pro. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition has been available for a while but will be leaving Stadia Pro at 9:00 a.m. PT on December 31.

The second game that will be available for Stadia Pro is Thumper, a “rhythm violence” game in which you play as a space beetle and take on the maniacal giant head known as Crakhed. If you like rhythm-action, intense gameplay and vibrant colors, this looks like a pretty awesome game.

In addition to these two games, Stadia Pro members already have access to three additional titles. Farming Simulator 19 Platinum Edition, Destiny 2: The Collection, and SAMURAI SHODOWN  will remain available to claim throughout the month of January.

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Google’s Stadia game streaming service launched in November with around two dozen titles available through the digital storefront. The Stadia Premiere Edition is currently the only way to get your hands on the service, but it will eventually be made available on multiple devices.

Stadia Pro is a subscription option for the streaming service in which you pay $9.99 per month for access to Stadia streams with 4K/60 fps HDR with 5.1 surround sound. It also offers access to a library of select free games and discounts on purchases.

Admittedly, I haven’t spent much time with Stadia but right now it doesn’t seem like a must-own product or service. I look forward to Google continuing to push the boundaries of gaming, but I think it’s still a bit too ahead of its time. Hopefully, 2020 proves me wrong because I want Stadia and other streaming services to succeed.