Digital distributors GOG (previously Good Old Games) have launched their fledgling digital distribution client, GOG Galaxy. Announced last year in June, the app, currently in beta, is intended to function much like Valve’s Steam but with a few differences. What does GOG Galaxy offer?
The optional client will maintain the functionality that GOG provides through its website, while automating and quickening processes that can be a bit of a hassle, and adding new, optional functions. The online gaming platform will have community features, will automatically update games installed through the platform (users will be able to disable automatic updates and even roll back to earlier versions of games), and will provide achievements (which can be disabled). Social features include a friends list, and in-game chat.
GOG hopes that games will even support cross-platform multiplayer, so users can play with their friends regardless of whether they have bought the game from GOG or Steam. The company promises that every game will be playable offline, and that they will continue to sell all of their games sans DRM. GOG’s users are already able to download spare DRM-free copies of their games through the website; GOG Galaxy will also support this option.
According to GOG, the service currently has more than 1,000 games, and GOG is planning to expand its offering to offer even more contemporary games, too. The first AAA title to support the platform will be The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the RPG by their game development counterpart, CD Projekt Red.
The app is currently available for Windows and Mac PCs, and Linux will follow eventually. Those interested in trying GOG Galaxy can apply here.