An old demo for one of Ubisoft’s upcoming titles, Gods & Monsters was available on Google Stadia for a short time, allowing players who noticed a chance to try it out.
In a Eurogamer report, the demo appeared in the Stadia store under the name Orpheus. Since Stadia is a stream only platform, users were able to play instantly, because they didn’t need to wait on a download.
Those who played the game compared it to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Ubisoft confirmed this was a demo from E3 2019 in a statement to Eurogamer, and that the game and title has changed since.
“Our vision for the game formerly known as Gods and Monsters has evolved in surprising ways, which is common when developing exciting new worlds. 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 was suppose to release during February this year, but it was among several titles Ubisoft delayed. It’s new target launch date is sometime before March 31st, 2021.
Google also gave a statement to apologize to Ubisoft.
“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.”