Nordic Games: “Not Sure if Cloud Processing Is The Future”, Most Services Shut Down In A Few Years

Nordic Games’ Reinhard Pollice on cloud gaming – “Even very cheap services have been shut down already.”

Posted By | On 11th, Nov. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


Cloud assisted gaming seems like it will garner steam when Microsoft launches Crackdown 3, a game that uses the cloud to enhance physics and destruction effects. GamingBolt recently spoke with Reinhard Pollice who is the Business & Product Development Director, Nordic Games and asked him whether hypothetically, the next Darksiders could use something like that given that the scale in the previous games have been nothing short of impressive. It must be noted that Nordic Games have not yet confirmed a Darksiders 3.

Talking about Crackdown 3, Pollice stated that he has seen the demo and he is looking forward to how it shapes up. “Yes, I have seen something about that but first they need to ship with that. I am very much looking forward to it. Great physics/destruction effects were also possible with the last generation – just look at our title “Red Faction Guerrilla”.”

“I am not sure if cloud based processing is the future. After all, games should work forever and I am sure that in 10 years from the original launch most providers will have shut down their services – just look into the past – even very cheap services have been shut down already.”

Pollice is possibly referring to OnLive, a cloud based service that went defunct in April of this year. However Microsoft’s cloud service is an all together different beast. It’s not a service as Microsoft won’t be charging its users for the same. It’s not going to stream games like PlayStation Now but will instead only focus on making the visuals better.

Only time will tell whether Microsoft’s cloud service is successful but in my personal opinion, it will only grow as more multiplayer/online only games adopt it to deliver fantastic visuals.

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  • Starman

    it is the future … oh wait ! how much is sony paying you to say that …

    • Godmars

      Saying what when they have their own cloud service?

      Granted, there’s is more standalone than what MS is trying to do, is attempt at a virtual console, but is still cloud based.

    • Rodney Patrick

      Not the same! Sony is only using streaming service with the cloud,Microsoft is computing. there is a big difference between the two

    • Godmars

      Yes. Sony’s offering games across multiple platforms, while MS so far wants to enhance one game for XO. The multiplayer mode in one game. And they aren’t going to yank that away when interest in that game lowers to a certain point.

    • Guest

      Nothing, but being a dumb MS fanboy is making you that dumb. The price of fanboyism, dumba$s. Aawww, look at the poor, dumb, upset fanboy.

    • XbotMK1

      Allways online is the future… oh wait! how much is Microsoft paying you to say that?

  • heima

    “I am not sure if cloud based processing
    is the future. After all, games should work forever and I am sure that
    in 10 years from the original launch most providers will have shut down
    their services – just look into the past – even very cheap services have
    been shut down already.”

    Yes, this is a huge problem that may affect every other multiplayer based game around, unbelievable, isn’t it?

    Ps: physics effects in Red Faction Guerrilla suck and the debris disappears after a while.

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    • Guest

      Don’t get mad at the truth, dumb, little defensive fanboy.

    • heima

      Don’t get consumed by hatred little, idiotic, lifeless unfuc*able loser.

    • Mark

      Lol. Just don’t respond to the trolls, especially if they post a pile of nothing.

    • heima

      Yeah, I know, but he and that other idiot (XbotWhatever) get on my nerves even when they aren’t responding to my comments.

    • Mark

      Yeah people are still comparing Crackdown to Red Faction….ahh oh well. When it drops next year, people will adjust accordingly imo.

    • heima

      Let’s hope it will deliver what it promises, it may change the gaming for the better in the near future.

    • Seth Allen Macias

      the physic effects in RF:G where more impressive than anything any other game has done when it came out and for a long time after as well.

      really the effects are more impressive than what most games have now as well.

      so what that debris disappeared? that has nothing to do with how impressive it was. sure it would have been cool if someone came along and dragged debris and put it in a truck or something and drove off with it.

      but just because it didnt doesnt mean it wasnt impressive.

  • Kfal Balli

    Most services, software and etc lose support and legacy support after so many years. That is common knowledge. Like I don’t expect to be able to play Mech assault online anymore.

    • Guest

      Excuses, excuses, excuses!

    • Kfal Balli

      “Guest” troll, troll, troll

    • Guest

      Kfal Balli=Fanboy, Angry, angry, angry!

    • Mark

      Yup. I even remember Respawn saying that alot of studios have been “knocking on Microsoft’s door to use Azure”, once they launched TitanFall

    • Kfal Balli

      It helps things run smooth. At this point I have a hard time justifying the purchase of a multiplayer game that doesnt have dedicated servers. If I can get all that for 60 dollars, its hard for me to go back. I know Thiefs end wont have them unfortuately.

    • Mark

      Dude Halo 5 mp runs FLAWLESS. I’ve experienced no frame drops or lag yet. It’s surprisingly great.

    • Kfal Balli

      Yes. My favorite shooter this year. Matchmaking is crazy fast too. Like I don’t even have time to grab a snack or take a wizz in between matches it’s so fast.

  • HisDivineOrder

    I think the man has a point. If you look at support for online components of games in the past, any kind of “service” is going to be the first thing to go once the game isn’t new and it’s mostly in the $20 category. Especially given how “well” Crackdown 2 did, one can imagine Microsoft deciding to “shut down essential services” one day before the last Xbox One dies.

  • Mark

    Rashid, you get it!

  • Mark

    Well, people think Microsoft’s the only ones pushing cloud-assisted gaming, but you’ve got Square Enix and OTOY (using Amazon’s EC2 servers) making investments too, so the content will be here within 1-2 years. Ultimately, we, the buyers and consumers will dictate if cloud-assist gaming is the future, or mass adopted. These publishers need our money, to have confidence to invest in moving game studios to a cloud-assisted framework of developement, per David Jones.

    I disagree with Reinhard. Buyers will want the new, and cream of the crop in performance, if it’s cheap. Such is the case with cloud computing, as many businesses are now using its services, and seeing profits too.


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