So for the last few weeks, I’ve lamented the fact that Stadia’s promising launch came and went with barely any fanfare whatsoever. Phil Harrison has broken his silence on Twitter as of yesterday – though not with a Stadia related tweet – and there have been a few interesting developments here and there.

Darksiders Genesis has launched on Stadia, though – bafflingly – costs $10 more on Stadia than on PC. Still, it’s an extra game for a service that’s still woefully short on titles and, crucially, it’s a new release too, rather than a game that’s already been available on countless other platforms for years.

Elsewhere in Stadia news, Eurogamer reviewed Stadia-exclusive title Gylt – and it was a largely positive appraisal, which is great to see. Surely, this kind of smaller exclusive is the kind of title that Stadia should be aiming for, rather than the big console titles that have been available for a few years anyway?

In less positive coverage, it seems that the discounts offered to Stadia Pro customers have come to an end – they ran from November 19th to December 3rd and there’s currently no further discounts on offer. Full details can be found here.

So why subscribe to Stadia Pro? Well, thankfully another two games are currently on offer for free – Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and Farming Simulator 19 – for subscribers. The selection hasn’t removed the last two freebies from circulation either – which means that, at present, your Stadia Pro subscription will get you four games for free. So Destiny 2: The Collection and – bane of spellcheckers everywhere – Samurai Shodown are both still available for the princely cost of zero dollars/pounds/etc.

So again, the current situation with Stadia is a little up and down, but – with some more positive developments on the way and even some more positive reviews now appearing, it appears that things are looking up for Google’s troubled console-without-a-console. Let’s hope that things continue in a more positive direction for the service; as I’ve stated before, solid competition in the gaming space is undoubtedly a good thing.

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