Nvidia says its GeForce Now cloud gaming service will begin rolling out new games every Thursday, starting with the sci-fi action title Control from Remedy Entertainment.
The announcement is good news for the controversial platform, which has seen high-profile game publishers such as Activision Blizzard, Bethesda Softworks and 2K Games drop their full libraries since the beta came out in early February. Part of the deal means that Control can also be played on GeForce Now using Nvidia’s RTX cards, which allow ray tracing effects for more realistic images.
It is not entirely clear how Nvidia secured Control, but it may have something to do with Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, who has publicly expressed his support for the platform. “Epic wholeheartedly supports Nvidia’s GeForce Now service with Fortnite and the Epic Games Store titles they choose to participate in (including exclusive ones), and we’ll improve integration over time,” Sweeney tweeted earlier this month.
Control is currently a PC-only Epic gaming store, and Epic has also just secured the rights to future Remedy Entertainment titles under its new editorial label. So it’s safe to say that Epic, Remedy, and Nvidia are on good terms regarding GeForce Now.
The same cannot be said for other publishers, who apparently removed titles from the platform because they did not appreciate that Nvidia included them without the express permission and in previous terms. Once Nvidia started charging $ 5 for the GeForce Now public trial in February, it became clear that a number of major publishers were not informed.
It is not clear why publishers do not like the service; None of the largest companies that have released titles has spoken about it. But smaller independent developer Raphael van Lierop of Hinterland Studio said he didn’t like Nvidia, including its game without his permission, and was concerned that the service might complicate exclusivity deals or ports to other platforms. Bigger publishers may just not like a service that doesn’t charge separately for cloud game titles versions like Google Stadia does.