Hinterland Studio, developer of episodic survival game The Long Dark, recently announced its intention to pull its game from Nvidia GeForce Now after explaining that the streaming service never asked them for permission to host it in the first place.
Game director Raphael van Lierop took to Twitter to break the news.
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
“Sorry to those who are disappointed you can no longer play The Long Dark on GeForce Now,” the post reads. “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.”
“They offered us a free graphics card as an apology,” van Lierop added. “So maybe they’ll offer you the same thing.”
Hinterland Studio isn’t the first group to remove its games from Nvidia GeForce Now. A few weeks ago, Activision Blizzard also pulled its entire oeuvre from the service, which saw the departure of titans like Call of Duty and Overwatch.
“Per their request, please be advised Activision Blizzard games will be removed from the service,” reads the official Nvidia forum post. “While unfortunate, we hope to work together with Activision Blizzard to re-enable these games and more in the future.”
Bethesda also removed all of its games from the service, except for Wolfenstein Youngblood. Still, Nvidia is confident studios will come back with their games in future. “As the transition period comes to completion, game removals should be few and far between, with new games added to GeForce Now each week,” noted Nvidia in an announcement.
Despite this, as we recently reported, over 1 million people have signed up for GeForce Now and the service is expected to attract over 1,500 games, including Cyberpunk 2077. This stands in stark contrast with the continued trouble surrounding Stadia, which still only has 28 games because Google isn’t offering devs enough money.
And, as Alex noted in his impressions piece, GeForce Now is already more promising than Stadia.