In a surprising move, mega-developer Bethesda Softworks has made their debut on GOG’s digital marketplace, offering a selection of their older and harder to legally accrue titles for download. Though you have the less shocking appearance of DOOM and Quake, Two series already available on Steam, the real surprise comes with the arrival of the Elder Scrolls series.
Though you won’t find Oblivion or Skyrim on GOG, you will find everything else. Everything from Arena to Morrowind is now hosted on the service, including the hard-to-find The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard and The Elder Scrolls: Battlespire. This is especially newsworthy since both games are rather tricky to get working in DOSbox. Redguard due to its 3DFX requirement and Battlespire for being one of the last, and therefore most DOS extender jury-rigged game of the early Windows era.
Sweetening this deal even further, For a limited time, purchasers of any of Bethesda’s titles on GOG will get a free download of both Arena and Daggerfall. Speaking as someone who owns boxed retail versions of both, I plan to download them just to see if I can get MPU-401 emulation through their version on my laptop. Do note, however, both of those games have been given away for free by Bethesda in the past.
Lastly, GOG’s update mentions they plan to stream gameplay of these new titles on their twitch channel, so if you’re curious about the way these older titles play, you’ll soon get a chance to see them in action.