Dan Houser leaving Rockstar, GeForce Now exits beta, much more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome to your daily gaming update for Wednesday, February 5th. We got lots of major stories today so let’s talk about it.

Dan Houser leaving Rockstar Games

Co-founder of Rockstar Games, Dan Houser, is going to be departing the company after a 20 year tenure. Although he has been on break since 2019, his last official day will be March 11th. This is a really big deal for the company, he was the lead writer for both Red Dead Redemption games as well as GTA V. It’s also worth noting that him and his brother Sam are also the people most responsible for the culture of Rockstar, so there will certainly be some ripple effects within the company. And when I say company culture, that includes the absolutely insane amount of crunch that they are notorious for, but also whatever positives that may said of it. I’ve seen speculation that I can probably agree with that this likely a retirement, unless he was having some kind of major creative differences. At a company like Rockstar, he could be paid whatever he wanted, and he had the opportunity to work with his brother on a daily basis, so I can’t see him going to another company. Nonetheless, this is big news, and we’ll see if we get any kind of insider knowledge of how this might change the company.

GeForce Now launches out of beta

Nvidia GeForce Now has officially exited beta. If you don’t know, this is a cloud gaming service that will let you stream games from your existing Steam, Battle.net, or uPlay library. It’s the same concept as Google Stadia, except you can use the games you already own. They are currently supporting PC, Mac, Android, and TVs. This means that you no longer need a gaming PC to play your PC games, you just have to stream through Nvidia to any device that supports the service. Now it’s not every game in existance, you might not be able to stream something that you want, but there’s a good chance that if its popular, you can do it. The free tier gives you one hour long sessions, and you may have to wait in a queue. For $5/month though, you skip the queue and can have 6 hour long sessions. It requires a minimum 15 megabits per second internet connection, but they reccomend 25.

PlayStation closing VR studio out of Manchester

PlayStation will be closing their first-party VR development studio based out of Manchester. This was formed back in 2015 in an effort to get some more VR games in their portfolio, and before being closed down, they were working on an unannounced VR project.

Saints Row 4 headed Nintendo Switch

Seven years after release, Saints Row 4 will be ported to the Nintendo Switch. It will be arriving on March 27th, alongside its DLC in one big package. I think it’s always cool to see stuff like this, it gives you the opportunity to replay the game on a new console if you so desire. And hey, it might be just in time, as THQ Nordic is currently working on the next game in the series.

Fable Fortune closing down on March 4th

Yet another card game is getting their servers shut down, this time its Fable Fortune’s. This was launched in 2018, and will be going away on March 4th. It looks like this was a pretty typical card game that never managed to pick up its feet. It’s all time peak concurrent players was at 272, and ever since September 2018 the peak has been less than 20 players. Too bad it never worked out, but we’ll see what Fable has in store for us in the future.

Okay everybody thank you very much for tuning in, and thank you to Daniel for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon, it really means a lot ot me. As you know I am here every Monday-Friday with the news, which means I’ll be back tomorrow, and until then…happy gaming everyone.