The Long Dark Removed From GeForce Now by Developers
The Long Dark is the latest title to be removed from Nvidia's virtual streaming platform.
GeForce Now, Nvidia’s virtual platform, has had its fair share of problems. Multiple AAA developers and publishers have pulled their titles from the platform, including Bethesda and Activision Blizzard. That’s a lot of titles for the GeForce Now to lose – with some of the most notable losses being the Fallout and Elder Scrolls games on Bethesda’s end and well, all of Call of Duty on Activision Blizzard’s. You also won’t be able to play titles from Square Enix, EA or Rockstar on GeForce Now. With a slimming library, it seems like Nvidia is turning to indie titles to flesh out GeForce Now’s library. And just like Google Stadia’s attempt to court indie titles, it’s not going that well.
The Long Dark, an exploration-survival title released in 2017 is the latest title to be pulled from GeForce Now by developers. The game’s departure was announced via Twitter by Raphael van Lierop, the director, producer, and writer for The Long Dark. Here’s what he said:
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
Van Lierop’s claim that Nvidia didn’t ask before putting a title on their platform is incredibly worrying. While we don’t know what the process was for Nvidia getting AAA titles on their platform, it’s shocking that they wouldn’t bother to ask an indie dev. It also begs the question of whether or not there are other titles on GeForce Now without developer permission.
In response to The Long Dark‘s sudden removal, GeForce Now users are taking to Van Lierop’s twitter to express their disappointment. “I bought your game to play it via GeForce now and now I will simply refund it, thank you for your lack of understanding what GFN is,” said kermitxbx. “‘I don’t want people buying my game on steam and playing it on a virtual machine’ is all this reads to me,” said SamTheManCoenen.
According to van Lierop, Nvidia has since properly apologized for their haste in putting The Long Dark on GeForce Now. “Nvidia admitted they made a mistake releasing without our permission, apologized, asked us if we’d like to stay on the platform, and we said ‘not at the moment,'” said van Lierop.
GeForce Now launched February 4, and since then has enjoyed success. It recently hit the one million user mark, and usage has continued climbing.
To clarify, GeForce Now is a service that allows users to stream games to their computer, making use of a high-end PC cloud service on Nvidia’s side. You can currently sign up for a free version of GeForce now or pay $5 per month for 12 months to enjoy the service’s founder’s edition. This premium plan comes with priority access, extended session length and RTX enabled graphics.
However, if you’re looking to play The Long Dark, go to Steam where it retails for $29.99.