The stumble-stepped release of Nvidia’s cloud-based games service GeForce NOW is having another wobbling point. Nvidia has elected to let game developers and publishers opt-in to the service.
While the announcement post touts over 200 publishers and over 2,000 games confirmed for its catalog like Apex Legends, Fortnite, and Terraria, there are a number of games that have elected to opt-out and will be removed from the service’s library, including Guild Wars 2 and Albion Online among them — a move that Nvidia’s blog explains as a result of publishers “still figuring out their cloud strategies.”
The opt-in move is already making an impact. One post on the GW2 subreddit seems to encapsulate the feeling of many who like the GeForce NOW service: “I kinda hope it’s just a short term thing, since it was fun to be able to take the game with me and [not] lose much or even anything in the quality of graphics shown,” reads the post. This disappointment was a sentiment echoed by the blogging community as well during the service’s first problems.
As for those problems, readers will recall that Activision-Blizzard began pulling its titles as a result of what Nvidia called “a misunderstanding,” followed shortly after by Bethesda Softworks. These moves occurred during what Nvidia called the service’s “trial period,” which apparently is now ending with this new opt-in future.