Gauntlet dropped: GOG introduces GOG Galaxy, an optional DRM-free gaming platform | PCGamesN

Gauntlet dropped: GOG introduces GOG Galaxy, an optional DRM-free gaming platform

GOG Galaxy announced

GOG announced its very own online gaming platform which also serves as a gentle slap on the faces of Steam, Origin and Uplay. 

Announced at the CD Projekt Red and GOG summer conference, GOG Galaxy is described as GOG’s vision for a “truly gamer-friendly”, DRM-free gaming platform. 

With Galaxy, GOG is offering an entirely optional service that doesn’t need online activation to work. In fact, the platform doesn’t require the internet at all unless you want to play online or share achievements with friends. The point is to make it optional and leave it up to the user, letting them decide which features they want to use. 

Galaxy will also feature cross-play, not restricting users from playing games with folk using different platforms such as Steam. 

One of the titles going on Galaxy, The Witcher Adventure Game, originally a board game, was also revealed to be making its way to PC. Signing up to test the client also gives you the chance to get into the game’s closed multiplayer beta. 

It’s nice to see more competition that isn’t just “Steam, but worse”.

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Menthol_Penguin Avatar
3 Years ago

I have to say, while Steam has been okay for a long time, I do have my gripes with it. I like GOG a lot more these days. I hope it all goes smoothly for them.

Dog Pants Avatar
3 Years ago

I feel so conflicted about this. I'm used to platforms other than Steam - Origin, UPlay, GFWL - being hateful things which I feel no remorse for completely ignoring. So when I use Steam to the exclusion of all others It's not a problem.

A friend of mine once said (or possibly quoted) "there is a number of electronic devices I am prepared to carry around with me, and that is precisely one." Which refers to how his phone *had* to perform the functions of a phone, MP3 player, camera, gaming device, and whatever else he wanted in his pocket, because he wouldn't consider filling his pockets with electronic gizmos.

For me the same applies to gaming platforms. There is only room on my desktop for one platform at once, and that will always be Steam because that's where most of my games are. I have Origin and Desura, but I don't want them all living in the background while I play games on Steam, just like I don't want Steam running on the rare occasions I use the others.

In this case though I want to use Galaxy. I want to use Desura too really. I want to support other platforms and remind Valve that they don't have a monopoly. Not because I dislike Valve, but to inspire healthy competition. Not enough to have them all running though, so Steam will always win.

Maybe someone will release some kind of unified interface which will tie them all together, like Trillian does for IM clients. That would work for me. Until then I'm afraid at best Galaxy will be a sometimes-ran.

MrJinxed Avatar
3 Years ago

I hope they make some waves with this.