Ubisoft's Gods & Monsters Demo Leaks On Google Stadia

Players were able to briefly access a year-old build of the Ubisoft adventure game, which is getting a refreshed debut later this summer.

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An old demo of the Ubisoft game Gods & Monsters was briefly available on Google Stadia, giving players who noticed a chance to try it before the company corrected the error.

Eurogamer reports that the demo appeared in the Stadia store under the code-name Orpheus. Since Stadia is a streaming platform, users were able to instantly start playing it without waiting for a download.

Those who played the game compared it to both The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Assassin's Creed Odyssey. It used a stamina bar like BotW and borrowed user interface and menu elements directly from Odyssey. In a statement, Ubisoft confirmed that this demo was from E3 2019, and that both the game and title have changed.

"Our vision for the game formerly known as Gods and Monsters has evolved in surprising ways, which is common when developing exciting new worlds," said Ubisoft's Marc-Alexis Cote in a statement to Eurogamer. "This footage is from our E3 2019 demo, which was shown to select press last June and is now over one year old. Much has changed since then in terms of features, tone, art and character design, and even the name of the game. We are hard at work and very excited to finally show players what we have created at the end of summer."

Gods & Monsters had been slated for February of this year, but Ubisoft delayed it alongside several other games. Its new release target puts it sometime before March 31, 2021.

Google also issued a statement apologizing to Ubisoft for the error.

"Regretfully, on Thursday morning, we mistakenly made an E3 2019 demo version of Gods & Monsters from Ubisoft available on the Stadia store that was not intended for the public to play," said a spokesperson. "A few hundred gamers were able to play it for less than 30 minutes. We sincerely apologise to our partners at Ubisoft for this mistake."

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