Is Nvidia's Streaming Service Going into a Crisis? After some well-known publishers have given the graphics card manufacturer the pass, further cancellations are now following. But there are also some bright spots.
Update from April 21st, 2020: Although Nvidia is making every effort to get more and more publishers and game manufacturers on board for GeForce Now, the graphics card manufacturer is still being refused. In one Blog entry it has now been announced that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, XBOX Game Studios and Codemasters and Klei Entertainment are now withdrawing their games from the GeForce Now portfolio.
As of April 24th, games from these companies will no longer be available to GeForce Now users. These include games such as the Dirt or F1 series, Don’t Starve, Cuphead, Minecraft, the Batman Arkham and Middle-earth games. As always, Nvidia regrets the publisher's decision and hopes that they can be persuaded again soon to join GeForce Now.
But at least there is also a ray of hope: every Thursday, Nvidia presents games that have just been added. For example, the Assassin's Creed and Far Cry games have now found their way onto GeForce Now. More Ubisoft titles are expected to follow in the coming weeks.
Update from March 11th, 2020: Make two out of two. After Activision Blizzard and Bethesda Softworks have already deleted their games from the streaming portfolio of Nvidia's new service GeForce Now, publisher 2K Games has also left the graphics card manufacturer hanging. Nvidia recently did that in one short blog entry announced.
As of now, the titles of the Borderlands, BioShock or XCOM series can no longer be played via GeForce Now. Games like Civilization 6, Mafia 3 or NBA 2K20 are also affected by the restriction.
Nvidia states in the blog entry that they are already connected to 2K Games in order to work on a solution. At the current time, however, it is not possible to say when you can expect the affected stocks to be back in the portfolio.
GeForce Now: Game streaming service is cutting more and more titles
Beta testers have already been able to test GeForce Now for several years, and Nvidia's streaming service has been officially available to everyone since the beginning of February. For the starting shot Nvidia used it to advertise the platformthat hundreds of games from more than 50 publishers would be available to play right away. As long as you bought the games and linked your corresponding account with GeForce Now, you could gamble without any problems.
Already in 2017, Nvidia GeForce Now announced in a short video:
However, several studios have now contacted Nvidia to remove their games from the list of supported games, including Activision Blizzard and Bethesda Softworks. In other words, games from these studios can no longer be played through GeForce Now. These include well-known titles such as: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Overwatch, the complete Dishonored, Fallout and "The Elder Scrolls" series as well as the Wolfenstein games, with the exception of the new spin-off Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Nvidia does not give a reason for the jump of the studios.
Missing games in GeForce Now: fans are mad
Although Nvidia cannot help in this case that the corresponding games have been deleted – after all, this is the decision of the corresponding developer studios / publishers – the frustration is discharged in the manufacturer's forums. The users explain that they wanted to subscribe to the GeForce Now subscription for precisely these games or even bought a new Nvidia Shield TV Pro – and are now frustrated accordingly.
After all: There is a 90-day introductory phase for users with “Founders” membership. The streaming service does not cost any money during this period. After that, users still have the option to cancel the subscription and use the slimmed-down free membership instead.
Other users seem to be hit even harder. Since they do not own a corresponding gaming PC themselves, they have bought the corresponding games especially for GeForce Now and now have no way of playing them at all.
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In the meantime, people in the forum are already guessing who will be leaving the GeForce Now program next. But there are also some fans who continue to stick to Nvidia and encourage the graphics card manufacturer:
Quote from Westminster611: “At the moment, publishers are able to let GFN run after them. But the tide will turn. Once cloud gaming is established and GFN has gathered the majority of players behind it, publishers will run after them. ”
So far, Nvidia has left open whether the relevant studios and thus the games will be included in the program again. The direct competitor Google Stadia or other alternatives like Shadow should be happy about these messages – they can only benefit from them at the moment. It remains to be seen how the situation will develop.
If you have further questions about the development of the GeForce Now range of games, you can ask them in corresponding thread in the Nvidia forum ask – there you will also find a small Q&A in which the most important questions are answered.