Folks who pay $9.99 a month for Discord’s enhanced “Nitro” subscription will soon lose part of the service that, according to Discord itself, most of them never used or cared about. Nitro Games, which is a collection of “free” titles that Nitro subscribers have access to, will be removed from the service on October 15, according to a post on Discord’s official blog.
“We learned a lot from all of you over the last year,” the post reads. “Through your valuable feedback, it became clear that while we and some of you love these games, the truth is the vast majority of Nitro subscribers didn’t play them. So, after careful consideration, we won’t be hitting Continue when these contracts come up for renewal. The Nitro Games catalogue will be removed on October 15th, 2019.”
Discord is offering refunds on Nitro subscriptions for users who subscribed specifically for Nitro Games — affected users can contact Discord here.
It’s worth pointing out that Discord’s regular for-pay games storefront will stay right where it is, as will the bonus content offers for titles like Warframe (aka Nitro Game Perks) that come with a Nitro subscription. Nitro users will still get the usual stable of chat perks, including animated avatars and emoji, higher fidelity video sharing and streaming, a custom Discord tag, and the ability to “Boost” your favorite servers. And as of yesterday, Nitro subscribers can now upload files up to 100 mb in size, up from the previous maximum of 50 mb. (Free users are still limited to 8 mb.)
Discord’s Nitro Games library currently features 97 games, ranging from PC classics like System Shock 2 and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, to modern indie darlings like INSIDE and Abzu. There are even a few odd triple-A titles from the previous console generation, including Saints Row the Third and XCOM: Enemy Unknown, but it seems the siren song of Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 wasn’t enough to make the service viable.
I used to play Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 over Skype with a previous girlfriend (shout-outs to people in long distance relationships), and eventually we had to stop because I was so bad at the game that she was convinced I was making poor choices and fumbling with the interface on purpose, just to mess with her.
I wasn’t, for the record, and I’m not saying that Discord Nitro’s enhanced screen sharing features would have saved our relationship, but they might have saved me from having to explain that no, I have to play the game in its tiny windowed mode because Skype can’t see it when it’s full-screen, so these little squares on the map are super hard to mouse over individually and it’s hard to tell what direction the track is headed while I’m building, and you’re right, I did pick up the handyman instead of the mascot, I wanted to pick up the mascot, but because of the aforementioned tiny window it is rather difficult to — hey why don’t we play Binding of Isaac instead for a while?