Nvidia’s giant leak continues to predict the biggest games of 2022
Last September, a massive list of potential PC games leaked via Nvidia’s GeForce Now video game streaming service and was posted online. At the time, no one really knew what to think of it. Was it inside information or speculative placeholders? Now the evidence is mounting that at least part of the leak is real, with Square Enix officially confirming one of the most eye-catching lists for Kingdom Hearts IV with a splashy reveal over the weekend.
GeForce now allows gamers to stream games to phones, tablets, and PCs. Launched in 2020, the service has continued to be add support for new games, which requires testing and coordination with publishers and studios. So when dozens of unannounced PC game titles appeared in its database, people took notice.
Video game storefronts and platforms use placeholders all the time, and the industry’s heavy reliance on sequels and spinoffs means it’s not hard to guess at least some of what editors work at any given time. Nintendo will make another one Mario 3D and Activision will make another one Call of Duty. But in some cases, Nvidia’s leak went further than that, using project codenames and specifying unlikely remasters and as confirmations pile up, people are starting to take it more seriously.
Nvidia leak dates back to September 12, 2021. Ukrainian developer goes by Ighor July shared a post on Medium where he detailed how he came across a ghost list of thousands of GeForce Now games in May this year. Unlike other streaming services, GeForce doesn’t contain any games. Instead, it helps you stream the ones you already own on services like Steam and the Epic Games Store.
July was able to mess with the backend and accidentally access lists of games that weren’t officially supported by GeForce, as well as a group that didn’t even exist. SteamDB operator Pavel Djundik published the list on Githuband escapes from the most notable entrances have been shared on places like the Gaming Leaks and Rumors Subreddit.
Nvidia replied a few days later denying that the leaks contained any confirmation of new ports or PC builds:
NVIDIA is aware of an unauthorized published list of games, with published and/or speculative titles, used for internal tracking and testing purposes only. Inclusion on the list is neither a confirmation nor an announcement of a game.
NVIDIA took immediate action to remove access to the list. No confidential game versions or personal information was exposed.
One of the games listed was Halo 5, the only Halo not yet on PC. It seemed like a reasonable assumption, but 343 Industries immediately killed the rumor. Over the months, however, other parts of the leak have been vindicated. There are basically four types of Nvidia listings for unannounced games that have since found support in one way or another: PC ports, remasters, sequels, and no-name projects.
One of the most notable of the first category was God of the war. In October, Sony confirmed the 2018 PS4 exclusive would come to PC in early 2022. The company had already started bringing its biggest games to PC with Days gone and Horizon: Zero Dawnso God of the war following suit was not entirely unexpected. But if Nvidia’s leak was just placeholders, you might have expected it to include listings for Spider Man or The last of us as well. This was not the case. It did, however, list games like Demon’s Soulsa PS5 exclusive that the original trailer said would also come to PC (Sony later said it was due to human error and the game would remain on console only).
Then, in February, the leak got its biggest boost yet. Square-Enix revealed a Chrono-Cross remastered titled The Radical Dreamers Edition. Contrary to God of the war, it was more out of left field. Square Enix has been kicking a PS1-era JRPG remaster, it seemed a lot more over the top. Fans have since reassessed two other notable lists in the leak accordingly: Final Fantasy Tactics Remaster and Ogre Tactics Remaster (the latter was apparently recently filed under the name of Ogre Tactic: Reborn).
A number of sequels listed in the leak have also since been confirmed. Crytek revealed Crysis 4 in January. Capcom teased Street Fighter 6 in February. And Square Enix announced Kingdom Hearts IV during the 20th Anniversary Live Stream. The leak also contained an entry for “Untitled Respawn Game”. Earlier this year, Respawn confirmed working on three, including Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2.
The leaked announcements mention some projects by code name as well, including several by Ubisoft. While Nvidia Tried To Ignore The Leak, The French Publisher Was Busy Sending A DMCA Takedown for listings to be removed from Github. One of Ubisoft’s codenames, Project Meteor, was rumored at the time of being Assassin’s Creed Valhallais to come Dawn of Ragnarök expansion. Kotaku reported last week that Project Over, also contained in the leak, is the next main game in the Ghost Recognition series.
While that doesn’t mean everything in Nvidia’s leak is real – some of it could have been speculation, and plans often change or get canceled – it’s clear that some of it is. Where does that leave the rest? For some, it seems like only a matter of time (although potentially years) before they hit PC, like Return and Forbidden Horizon West. Others are more available, but hard to ignore, like a Half-Life 2 remaster. The leak lists Titanfall 3that Respawn has said several times does not happen but it could also happen at one point.
Then there are things like Helldivers 2, a theoretical sequel to the 2015 top-down cooperative shooter for PS Vita that later came to PC. Its developer, Arrowhead Game Studios, hasn’t released a game since, but it’s currently working on a cooperative third-person shooter with “next-gen” graphics. Without the escape Helldivers 2 I never could have been on my non-E3 2022 bingo card in a million years, but that’s too much of a hyper-specific deep cut to ignore. We’ll find out eventually anyway. In the meantime, the truth might be out there, thanks to Nvidia.