An Attempt to Make Sense of the GeForce Now Leak

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A recent “leak” that occurred Monday seemed to indicate that a lot of unannounced titles and anticipated sequels were on the way and also coming to PC.

It featured word of PC ports for previously console-exclusive titles and more, too. As first spotted on Reddit, software developer Ighor July performed a datamine of Nvidia’s GeForce Now database and in doing so, discovered listings for a lot of unannounced games, sequels, ports, and more.


What Gamers Are Saying

It didn't take long for this leak to take off. The original post on Reddit has nearly 2000 comments. The top comment is "No Bloodborne? It must be legitimate," and it comes by way of redditor KingBroly. It's a fun poke at the desire many have to see Bloodborne come to PC and there are many other comments like it. However, many of the commenters are taking this leak as 100% true. There are also some, like redditor howmadstha, who note that titles like Bioshock 2022 seem fake and take away some of the credibility that this datamine found real games, though.

The most common takeaway from the commenters on that original reddit post is that if this turns out to be huge, it might be one of the biggest leaks in gaming history, but that there's a good chance this isn't what it seems. Over on Twitter, things are hovering between "THIS IS NOT A DRILL [INSERT GAME] LEAK CONFIRMED" and "ehh who knows, these might just be placeholders." There's also those taking this opportunity to make a good meme or two out of the situation.

To be fair, the leak did appear quite believable at first glance. It wasn’t a shoddy screenshot of a game playing on a monitor or a supposed list of things to come — it was a list of game listings made within Nvidia’s GeForce Now database. GeForce Now is Nvidia’s games streaming service not unlike Google Stadia or Amazon Luna. Surely the leak must be legitimate if it’s coming by way of such a massive, prominent, and most importantly, credible company, right?

Nvidia's Response to the Datamine

On the surface, it seemed that way, but now we know that’s not necessarily the case. Nvidia responded the following day on September 14 that the list of datamined games were listings “used only for internal tracking and testing,” adding that some titles included are “speculative” and don’t constitute “confirmation nor an announcement of any game.”

Nvidia said in a statement to IGN that it took immediate action to remove access to the internal list and that “no confidential game builds or personal information were exposed.” So that’s that, right? Well, in the landscape of games, it doesn’t take much for a leak, rumor, or datamine finding to take off and this week’s Nvidia datamined listings are no different.

Why The Listings Aren't All That They Seem

However, there might be more to this. Sure, there are some listings in the datamine that quite obviously read as “no way” — looking at you Bioshock 2022, which seemingly alludes to the new Bioshock game announced in late 2019 as coming from 2K’s new Cloud Chamber studio. There’s always the chance that Bioshock 4, or whatever it’s called, could come out in 2022, but that seems extremely unlikely. Just a couple of months ago, they were hiring a writer for an open-world setting.

Let’s put some puzzle pieces together: 2K created a new studio in 2019 called Cloud Chamber to create the next Bioshock game, which was announced at the time as now in development. That game is reportedly open world and it’s also still hiring writers. Considering Bioshock’s bread and butter is often its writing, it would seem a story for Bioshock 4 is not even set in stone yet. You can see why a brand new Bioshock game that’s reportedly open world and still hiring writers for a brand new studio announced in 2019 doesn’t seem likely for 2022, right?

Perhaps that’s a placeholder, or maybe it’s a spinoff or remaster. A spinoff seems unlikely considering 2K announced Cloud Chambers as essentially the Bioshock studio. All three Bioshock games were technically remastered with 2016’s Bioshock collection by Blind Squirrel Games (a studio known for its remasters), too. However, the Nvidia datamine does mention a “Bioshock RTX Remaster” (alongside Mirror’s Edge RTX and Batman: Arkham Knight RTX remasters as well).

Maybe that’s what “Bioshock 2022” in Nvidia’s listings is supposed to be, but that also seems unlikely because “Bioshock 2022” and “Bioshock RTX Remaster” are separate listings.

Making Sense of What's Probably Not Real

There are a lot of other titles in the datamine that seem more like guesses akin to Bioshock 2022 than actual titles we can expect to see anytime soon. “Kingdom Hearts IV '' is another title in the datamine that reeks of a guess. Kingdom Hearts 3, the latest numbered title in the series, was first announced in 2013. It didn’t release until 2019. A fourth sequel doesn’t seem like something happening anytime soon given the franchise’s track record either. There are spinoffs to be had first, after all.

Other titles we deem a guess include Titanfall 3 (that one might even be wishful thinking on Nvidia’s behalf because Respawn said last year that no new Titanfall games are in development), Metro Next, which seems to be a reference to a possible sequel in the Metro series, Crysis 4, likely added to the list by Nvidia due to the recent Crysis trilogy remaster announcement, and Gears 6.

Making Sense of What's Probably Real

Elsewhere in the datamine, there are games that we already know are happening so a listing in Nvidia GeForce Now for internal use makes sense. Titles in the datamine we’re going to categorize under “games we already know are coming” include GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas remasters (reportedly coming together in a single trilogy remaster), Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves collection, which PlayStation announced is coming to PS5 and PC in its most recent showcase, Payday 3, which was announced years ago, and Resident Evil 4 Remake, which is reportedly in the works, amongst others.

Wesley LeBlanc