To say that Nvidia’s GeForce Now streaming service has had a rough start so far would be a huge understatement. The game streaming service has been losing titles left, right and center since it came out of beta.
The latest news is that GeForce Now is now losing access to even more titles, namely the titles from Xbox Game Studios, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, Klei Entertainment, and Codemasters. That’s going to be a big chunk of games set to disappear from the service.
What Games Will Be Removed From GeForce Now?
Xbox Game Studio’s exit means that GeForce Now users will lose access to Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza games, and Gears of War. Warner Bros is removing access to games such as the Batman: Arkham series and Mortal Kombat games which they own the rights to.
Klei Entertainment will remove the titles Mark of the Ninja and Don’t Starve and Codemasters will remove their Formula 1 titles and Dirt, the rally racing games series.
At this point, it would be easier listing the games that remain on the service than the ones being removed!
Why Has GeForce Now Struggled?
Nvidia’s model has been met with criticism as the service allows anyone who buys a game on Steam to reinstall it on another device to play it in the cloud service. This causes a bit of trouble for game publishers and the different licenses involved in playing games on multiple platforms.
This has meant that Nvidia’s agreements with game publishers have led to a few licensing disputes which have not yet been resolved.
This didn’t appear to be a major problem when GeForce Now was free and in beta. However, since the trial launched in February charged at $4.99 a month, several publishers have removed their titles.
Is It All Bad News?
Nvidia assures people that these game removals are not as wide-scale as it looks. GeForce Now is still looking to build their library of titles with the Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed series with the help of Ubisoft.
Chris Early, senior vice president of partnerships at Ubisoft said: “Ubisoft fully supports Nvidia’s GeForce NOW with complete access to our PC games from the Ubisoft Store or any supported game stores. We believe it’s a leading-edge service that gives current and new PC players a high-end experience with more choice in how and where they play their favorite games.”
This, at least, looks promising for the streaming service. Nvidia also recently mentioned in their blog post that the number of registered users “grows by the millions”. They did not disclose a firm number though.
If we hear any more details and updates about Nvidia’s GeForce Now, we will keep you up to date. We’d love to hear your thoughts on Nvidia’s cloud gaming service. Feel free to pop us a comment below.