Google Stadia is working to introduce a new type of free time trial, designed as a replacement for the classic video game demos and attract new potential buyers. The idea of the new function – currently only compatible with Hello Engineer – is to allow players to try a video game for free for thirty minutes to evaluate the purchase independently.
The peculiarity of this new function is that the proposed game is the complete one and not a demo created ad hoc by the developers. Therefore, this is not an extra job for a studio since the only step is to permit Stadia to enable the half-hour free trial. Thus, the development house does not have to create a demo, and players can freely try the products that interest them and decide which one to buy after thirty minutes of play.
Of course, this is not a revolutionary idea. Still, suppose Stadia manages to introduce this function in a sufficient number of video games. In that case, it could attract players’ attention, given that the number of software houses that make demos decreases visibly. Speaking to The Verge, a Stadia representative confirmed that the team wants to expand the service and that “not all rehearsals will be thirty minutes.”
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