Nvidia GeForce Now has lost the support of another wave of big name publishers, but it's not all doom and gloom for the cloud gaming service.
The cloud gaming platform had already lost games from Activision, 2K Games, Bethesda and Hinterland Studio, now Warner Bros, Xbox Game Studios, Codemasters and Klei Entertainment have withdrawn their titles from the service. Their games will be available until 24 April 2020 only.
"We hope they’ll return in the future," Nvidia posted on its forum.
But while this will come as a blow to GeForce Now members, there is better news for fans of Ubisoft and Bandai Namco games, plus Destiny 2 and Fortnite. Ubisoft, Bandai Namco, Bungie and Epic Games have reaffirmed their commitment to the platform.
Indeed, Ubisoft is to soon add support for the entire Assassin's Creed series to GeForce Now, as well as the Far Cry games.
"Ubisoft fully supports Nvidia's GeForce Now," said the publisher's senior vice president of partnerships, Chris Early. "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."
Ubisoft also supports cloud gaming rival Google Stadia, and has regularly championed new games platforms when they launch - it was one of the few major publishers to back the Nintendo Wii U from launch to its discontinuation, for example.
Why the exodus?
We currently haven't heard why others are deciding to withdraw their games from GeForce Now, though.
Hinterland's Raphael van Lierop tweeted on 1 March that his studio's decision to remove The Long Dark was because Nvidia failed to seek permission, but that's unlikely to be the case with other, bigger publishers.
Sorry to those who are disappointed you can no longer play #thelongdark on GeForce Now. Nvidia didn't ask for our permission to put the game on the platform so we asked them to remove it. Please take your complaints to them, not us. Devs should control where their games exist.— Raphael van Lierop (@RaphLife) March 1, 2020
Hopefully, Nvidia will be able to come to an agreement with the several publishers and studios it has lost so far - and perhaps others in lieu of losing them too.
As it stands, GeForce Now still supports 100s of other games users own on Steam, UPlay and numerous other digital storefronts, so there's no need to panic yet.
However, if it continues to lose the support of further big name brands, its hope of competing with the likes of Stadia, Project xCloud and Shadow will continue to diminish surely.