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Free Tomb Raider and Farming Simulator on Stadia forces Google to issue refunds


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Stadia will be adding two new free games next month, but that doesn’t help people that have already bought Tomb Raider and Farming Simulator.

Google’s cloud gaming service, Stadia, has only been out for just over a week and it’s already added two more free games, although that’s not pleased those that have already paid for it.

Currently, subscribers can enjoy Bungie’s multiplayer shooter Destiny 2 and the stylish 2D fighter Samurai Shodown for free, but from 1 December at 5pm, they’ll also get free access to 2013’s critically acclaimed Tomb Raider reboot (specifically the Definitive Edition) and Farming Simulator 19.

The problem is a lot of people have already bought those games – particularly Tomb Raider, which was recently on sale – which means Google is now having to issue refunds.

‘We know that some users have recently purchased these two games for their collection’, wrote community manager Grace. ‘Because of the proximity between the launch of the platform, and the announcement of these titles in Stadia Pro, we’re happy to assist you if you’d like to request a refund if you have purchased either or both of these titles, even if it’s outside of our normal policy.’

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Tomb Raider acts as an origin story for its iconic protagonist Lara Croft, stranding her on an island and showing how she became the titular tomb raider. The Definitive Edition comes with all of the DLC, as well as a mini-artbook and digital copies of the tie-in comics.

As for Farming Simulator, it’s pretty much what it says on the tin, offering different farming activities like growing crops and raising livestock, over 300 vehicles and machines to operate, and online functionality.

Since some users have apparently found accessing their free games confusing, the Stadia Team have provided a simple explanation. All you have to do is open the Stadia app, click Store, and you can then claim your free games under Stadia Pro Games.

Google have also reminded users that, should your subscription lapse or be cancelled, you can no longer access those free games, but this doesn’t stop you from playing any Stadia games you actually purchased.

In an email from the PR team, a new Stadia buddy pass was also announced, where users can gift a friend with a three-month trial for a Stadia Pro subscription. For more instructions, you must open the app and press the buddy pass icon in the top left corner.

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