Good… New Games? GoG Is Changing

By John Walker on November 17th, 2011 at 4:13 pm.

What will that O stand for now?

Good Old Games have certainly built themselves a brand. Over the last few years the Polish project has leapt forward from offering a few provincial classics to a really impressive catalogue of games that made the 90s and early 00s interesting. Clearly they’ve been letting in many more recent games of late, with Fahrenheit appearing last week for example. And they used it to launch their own game, The Witcher 2, earlier this year. But it seems they want to expand even further, going directly into competition with the likes of Steam, Impulse, GamersGate or Origin. Which is always a bold step, but one made much more interesting when you consider their DRM-free requirement.

Their newly announced two year plan’s biggest headline is the decision to start including games less than three years old. Describing the intentions as “audacious”, managing director Guillaume Rambourg assures that classic games will still be added, but a new higher price-point will be introduced for fresh games. However, he states, they will remain DRM-free, along with the same price offered everywhere in the world.

He aims to have the company be offering over 400 games by the end of next year, which will partly be achieved by a desire to work with indies, both in developing and publishing. He concludes,

“We’ve made GOG.com the destination for classic PC games, but now is the time to take this to the next level and emerge as the best alternative digital distribution platform for all PC games.”

That’s a tough competitive space they’re getting into, especially as it involves losing their most obvious identity – oldness. It seems unlikely they’ll be offering a service such a Steam, rather remaining a store. But then, if they stay resolutely DRM-free, they could certainly represent an alternative. While Origin’s demanding online activations and scanning your hard drive for whatever it feels like, there’s GoG just giving you the game and nothing else. I can see the appeal. I’m just wondering how many publishers will.

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  1. Mjauv says:

    Well, there are some games developed in Poland, like Hard Reset, Call of Juarez and Dead Island. Doesn’t sound impossible that these titles show up in the catalogue.

    While people like to spew hate over Ubisoft, one should bear in mind that Ubisoft has released a lot of their titles on GOG.com and experimented with drm-free titles before (Call of Juarez: Bound in blood)

    If GOG starts selling new shit, I will buy without a seconds hesitation

  2. 123 says:

    they should combine gog and desura. w/ desura’s client and linux support + the ability to get the games client-less as well.

  3. MichaelPalin says:

    It would be great for a place to exist for all those indie developers that go straight to Steam to have an alternative. It’s very annoying, so many indie games I cannot buy because of that.

  4. djbriandamage says:

    I’ve had a couple of extended internet outages this year. Steam and its games wouldn’t work at all so I fell back on my GoG games which worked every time. Long live GoG. I would sooner buy games from them than Steam.

  5. Dave Mongoose says:

    So long as there’s still a quality filter (i.e. they don’t throw out the first ‘G’ of their name along with the ‘O’) then I’m all for this.

    I’d be really disappointed if their catalogue ended up bloated with poor quality or throw-away titles like Popcap-style casuals or 101 slightly different tower defence games. One of my favourite things about GOG is that I can buy almost any game on there and know it will be a classic.

  6. Melf_Himself says:

    “I’m just wondering how many publishers will.”

    The more we buy their games, the better sales figures they will have to show their publishers…