Forward-looking: GeForce Now, a cloud-based gaming service launched by Nvidia less than three weeks ago but has already reached one million users. While many of them are surely only nosing around the free tier, that is an amount that will certainly impress–unless, of course, you’re Bethesda.
Yesterday, on the GeForce Now forums, Nvidia published that “most” Bethesda Softworks titles are being removed from the service, including Doom, Fallout 76 and The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. Wolfenstein: Youngblood is the one game that sticks around. Seeing that it’s one of the handful of games on GeForce Now that allow ray tracing, Nvidia may have made a special deal to keep it around.
It’s just speculation, but Bethesda might look as an alternative to Google Stadia. Doom Eternal, a highly anticipated sequel to the Doom in 2016, will be available on Day One at Stadia.
Nvidia may be losing left and right and center games but they can also afford to. GeForce Now already has 1,500 games, whereas Stadia only has a few tens. The business model of Nvidia is also much more attractive: unlike Stadia, which allows you to pay the full purchase price of any game you choose to use on the site, as part of the deal, GeForce Now gives you access to all your game libraries. If you’ve certainly spent hundreds or even thousands like many of you then GeForce Now will save you a lot of money.
That may also be why Bethesda isn’t so keen on the service, though. The whole mess of Fallout 76 proves Bethesda is a bit, well, arrogant, we’ll claim. GeForce Now isn’t getting them a lot of revenue for a title like Doom, which most players already own. Stadia’d have it.
It is not all doom and gloom, however. On the day of launch, Cyberpunk 2077 will stream, with ray tracing. And obviously, game studios that have pulled games from GeForce Now “must bring back games as they begin to realize the value of GeForce Now.” That’s a very positive way of saying that the titles of Activision Blizzard, which have been removed due to licensing miscommunication, will soon be back.
GeForce Now is currently a bit rough around the edges but we would still recommend checking out the free tier as a little taste of what the future might be like.