Rumors of a Half-Life 2 remaster and God of War PC port began to circulate on Monday after contents of an Nvidia database were leaked. Don’t get too excited, though: Nvidia says the titles were just speculative entries for “internal tracking and testing.”
The database contains a list of games and applications created by the developers of GeForce Now, Nvidia’s cloud streaming platform. Software developer Ighor Jul figured out how to view everything in the database, including stuff that wasn’t intended for public consumption, simply by requesting the information with a proxy server. At the end of A blog post about their method, he shows that he tried to alert Nvidia to the issue before publishing his findings, but apparently got no response.
“Nvidia is aware of an unauthorized published game list, containing both released and/or speculative titles, used only for internal tracking and testing,” the company said in a statement sent to PC Gamer on Monday. “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 builds or personal information was exposed.”
Although Nvidia did not specify what the entries are used for, it is likely that developers add impure entries for testing features such as UI or functionality. Something like a PS4-exclusive God of War could It eventually arrives on PC (it seems more likely than ever), but in this instance, it may just be a made-up entry for testing purposes.
recently reddit The Post compiled a list of database entries exposed in the leak. Among them are the above PS5 games as well as entries like Titanfall 3, Resident Evil 4 Remake and Monster Hunter 6.
For Half-Life 2 Remastered, another entry in the database, we’ve asked Valve if this makes sense, but haven’t heard back. Don’t read too much into that: Whether or not Valve answers questions has historically indicated nothing. Just valve to be valve.
The New Super Mario Bros Wii is also listed on Ighor’s blog, and while we don’t delve into a bizarre world where the Canucks are going to win the Stanley Cup next year and Nintendo puts the game out on PC, we’re pretty sure that Nvidia is telling the truth about it being meaningless. (Although Nintendo once partnered with Nvidia Oddly enough to put the game on the Nvidia Shield in China.)
It’s hard to know whether every single game on the list is pure Nvidia engineer fiction, or whether some of them are legit. There have been reports of games such as Resident Evil 4 Remake and a new BioShock being in development, though Nvidia staff may have speculated that they might make entries knowing as much as we know.