Square Enix has officially announced Kingdom Hearts IV, which is a remarkable event in itself. But it’s also another example of the 2021 Nvidia GeForce Now leak proving to be accurate. This is because Kingdom Hearts IV was among the dozens of titles listed in the GeForce Now database that leaked in 2021. The fact that Kingdom Hearts IV is a real game does not mean all the leaked games are genuine and will be announced or released, but it’s an exciting development nonetheless.
With the leak fresh in our minds after Kingdom Hearts IV’s announcement, it’s a good time to look back at the games in the leak.
Mounting of evidence
Initially, however, there are no guarantees that the titles included in the leak are the correct item, as it is always possible that the database was obsolete or that it contained placeholder entries, among other things.
That said, the leak has already proven to be accurate over and over again. As for unannounced games in the leak that turned out to be genuine, Kingdom Hearts IV is joined by God of War for PC and GTA remasters through GTA The The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. The leak also mentioned Street Fighter 6 and Crysis 4, both of which have subsequently been officially unveiled.
Specifically for Sony games, the list of leaked games includes unannounced titles like Helldivers 2, as well as PC ports of existing titles like Returnal and Sackboy: A Big Adventure. As mentioned, God of War actually released on PC through Steam, and that seems to be part of Sony’s broader strategy of launching more games on PC in general. Unlike Microsoft, however, Sony does not release its new PlayStation games on PC until some time after they debuted on the console.
The leaked list also included a Resident Evil 4 remake. Capcom has not yet officially confirmed this, but VGC reported that a Resident Evil 4 remake is actually in the works. That would make sense, given that it’s one of the most beloved contributions in the series, and because Capcom’s remakes are big sellers.
Unconfirmed, but plausible
The list of leaked games also included titles like Gears 6, Dragon’s Dogma 2, Titanfall 3, Tekken 8, Monster Hunter 6, Final Fantasy 9 Remake and a remaster of Half-Life 2 – none of these games have been officially announced. That said, all of these seem plausible or even plausible given the commercial success and legacy of each franchise they come from.
The Half-Life 2 remaster would be a bit surprising, as Valve has not done much with the Half-Life series lately besides the VR game Half-Life Alyx. The Final Fantasy 9 remake rumor is also exciting, and it’s possible that it would not be as large in scope as the Final Fantasy VII Remake, given that many of Square Enix’s other remake projects have been more modest in scope.
Some developers whose games were listed in the database leak have refuted rumors, such as 343, which confirmed that there are no plans to bring Halo 5 to PC after the leak. Clearly, the leaked list is not perfect, but it remains a fascinating window into play could be on the way or on the way to new platforms in the future.
The Reddit user LastGrail has compiled a list of the leaked games, broken down by publisher and indicating whether they have been officially announced or not. If you want to see the entire list, which contains 18,000 titles, go to the original discovery post here on Medium.
How this happened and Nvidia’s response
The leak of Nvidia’s GeForce Now database dates back to September 2021. Nvidia acknowledged that an “unauthorized” list of games was published online, but the company did not say how the leak happened in the first place. In response to the 2021 leak, Nvidia said the list of games was never intended to be published externally and could be “speculative.”
“Nvidia is aware of an unauthorized published playlist, with both published and / or speculative titles used only for internal tracking and testing. Inclusion on the list is neither confirmation nor announcement of any game,” the company said. “Nvidia took immediate action to remove access to the list. No confidential gaming buildings or personal information was revealed.”
Hearing about unannounced games and games coming to new platforms gives good talk – but we’ll have to wait and see to find out what’s real and what’s not.