GOG Launches a DRM-Free Steam Competitor, GOG Galaxy

Joining the existing GOG.com is GOG Galaxy, a new, optional platform that can update your games and more.

During its annual conference today, CD Projekt Red announced a new, Steam-esque platform for its digital game distributor, GOG.com. Known as GOG Galaxy, CD Projekt Red is positioning this as a gamer-friendly alternative by making it completely optional and DRM-free.

GOG Galaxy will replicate some of the features offered through Steam, like the ability to automatically update games, chat with friends, and compare achievements. While certain functionality--like playing online or talking to other people--will of course require an Internet connection, GOG customers who opt to make use of Galaxy will be free to play all of their games offline without any online activations required.

The video above offers some sense of what GOG is striving for with Galaxy, which is perhaps best described as a piece of software that expands the DRM-free service already offered through GOG.com. A narrator talks about the complaints many have raised about modern PC gaming, where it can feel like you don't actually own the games you've bought. "We believe gamers deserve a better experience," the video states.

"Regardless of which digital store you buy your games from, we don't think you should be locked into it," it continues. "We strongly believe that you should be free to play together with all your friends without any third-party client apps or accounts required."

GOG started out as Good Old Games, a service focused on offering classic PC games, before shifting to become a more generalized PC games distributor. This new client continues to put GOG in competition with services like Steam, Origin, and Uplay, although it should be noted that Galaxy (at least as of yet) doesn't plan to do everything Steam does. Valve's service has expanded to offer mods, a way to listen to music while playing, digital trading cards, and a marketplace for users to sell items for games like Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, and more. However, it's been criticized by some for being a requirement in order to play many games, an issue that GOG is obviously hoping to capitalize on.

A launch date for GOG Galaxy was not announced, nor were any of the details on how cross-play with other services will work. The official website says only that more news is to come at some point in 2014.

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81 comments
GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Hell yeah! I'm signing up! Thank you for competing with Steam GOG. DRM-Free all the way!

theKSMM
theKSMM

I'd like a way to centralize management of games from GOG if nothing else.  Even a way to see my whole library at once would be appealing.

One thing GOG does right is list the date a game was originally released.  Steam usually just lists the date at which they acquired the game.  GOG's user reviews tend to be far less harsh than Steam's.

Halloll
Halloll

@theKSMM how to see your GOG library, go to gog.com , log in, go to "my account", go to "my games" and there you have it.

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

@Halloll @SkyAboveThePort @theKSMM What I understood from the video is that it will be optional to have a profile. So probably you'd simply point the Galaxy to your game folders and it will update the games that it recognizes as being GOG format (or however they'll actually do it). So the user wouldn't need to do anything for updates, etc. No profile, no password, maybe a bit like the Geforce Experience?

myungish
myungish

Competition can only be good for the customer, especially when a company like CDPR is doing it. Their stance on DRM and how to treat their customer base is nothing short of saintly in this day and age of gaming.

lilflipp
lilflipp

Damn it. Steam and GOG are both video game royalty. I'm thorn between both. GOG no bullshit, raw and honest approach to things is simply amazing. But Steam has always been really fair to us.


I love both.... I choosee... BOTH :D!

antpm
antpm

@lilflipp Really fair? Do you know how "fair" Steam support is?

nanosphere
nanosphere

One thing Windows has always lacked was a centralized repository for 3rd party software and updates.


In Linux you can generally use apt-get and the like to install and update all your software at once.


On windows every other program has it's own personal update service running in the background that pops up and annoys you at the worst possible time, like when you're trying to watch a movie.

darkrayne
darkrayne

So.. just like steam in offline mode.


Why do people think you need to be online to play your steam games?.. because you definitely don't.

MadXav
MadXav

@darkrayne You can't be offline for ever with the Steam client. You need to get online once in a while or your games will stop working.

GOG galaxy promises a good service like the one Steam offers without taking the liberties Steam takes away from their customers.

JamisonJB
JamisonJB

I'm downloading at launch. Thank you GOG.

shingui5
shingui5

With the way Steam is going recently, i'd be happy to support competition. 

therabidbob
therabidbob

I like Steam, but I like GOG, too. I buy from both. GOG's selection is much smaller, but sometimes they have games that Steam doesn't. Sales are a toss-up; sometimes Steam is cheaper and sometimes GOG is.


It's always great to have choice!

rarson
rarson

I like Steam, but I like GOG, too. I buy from both. GOG's selection is much smaller, but sometimes they have games that Steam doesn't. Sales are a toss-up; sometimes Steam is cheaper and sometimes GOG is.


It's always great to have choice!

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

GOG is a great thing but the games are normally out of date. The listings on their website where you search for games based on dates is something like 1980 - 1990, 1991 - 2006, 2007+ or some crap. It is like 90% of the games you need some serious nolstalgia to play in the first place. 

I know I can't get into older games easily. Of all the things that modern games improve it is the game mechanics and AI and interface that improve the most. Going back to Diablo I or something having never played it when it came out, the limited control and interface and map design and things like that drive me insane.

Very hard to love something that doesn't age well and that is a rare feature in games. I'm sure many of the games out now will not age well into the next 20 years or so.

Maybe the reason Steam is DRM is because most of the games out these days are DRM.

monsterxgamer
monsterxgamer

@Dannystaples14 
GOG does have new games too not as many as steam but they do have new games like they have a pre order for witcher 3 etc.
and steam has been drm since day one beta test in 2002/2003 so i can kinda see youre point but you are wrong at the same time and yeah gog does have old games on there service but so does steam and both steam & gog both have indie games so they are both kinda alike in many areas they mnain this is gog is drm free.&
tbh imho steam should be drm free too. 

Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

Good old games is mainly old games, news at 11.

borabosna
borabosna

@Dannystaples14 If GOG can grow a bit more there will be more "new" games on it, more publishers and developers will approach them

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

GOG is pretty cool with their DRM policy... or more specifically lack there of one. Could use gift cards one can buy at a store as a payment method like Amazon, Steam, PSN, Nintendo eshop, and itunes do. Could also use a bigger library of games, but the same could be said about the PS4 and Xbox One as well. Keep up the good work CDProjekt Red. I'll wish you success.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

GoG is really good if you like ol school games. Ive played some AWESOME ol school games from there , including Heroes 3 of might and magic and even Descent :):):)


All the games are actually DRM free from there. 

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

Freedom of choice? What is this sorcery? Utopia? I forgot what those terms meant.

mr_nee
mr_nee

does DRM free means, ppl will be able to buy game on GOG Galaxy, upload it to TPB and it will work without a crack?

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@nyran125tk How do you know?

How do you know that DRM doesn't make piracy harder so the number of people pirating has dropped? I know it hasn't stopped it all together but you didn't give any information there about piracy reduction.

The US might have been like China right now without DRM where only 4% of the gaming population buy their games. Who wants to live in a world full of thieves and cheapskates?

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@Dannystaples14 @nyran125tk It doesnt make it harder. At all. It does nothing. DRM doesnt deter pirates, it doesnt stop pirating, it doesnt hinder pirates, it does nothing.  But what it does do, is make me seriously think about buying a product if its going to make my life difficult.


Theres millions of people ALL around the world that pirate games from ALL countries. You peopel like to say China and bla bla bla. They arent the only country on the planet that pirate games and movies and bla bla bla heavily. Not that i give a sht, i really dont care if Tom Cruise gets paid 20 million less.. 


The top UFC pirate that pirate UFC events, just got busted and you will find, MOST of the uploaders are American as the UFC uploader was. You will find many of the uploaders arent Russian, or arent Chinese, they are American.

shingui5
shingui5

@nyran125tk "Like The Witcher, is DRM free? if Piracy was such a big deal, it wouldnt of made any profit."

And yet it was also one of the most heavily pirated games on PC to date.

Strange. 

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@shingui5 @nyran125tk actually you will find the TOP 10 most pirated games are Call OF duty black Ops, Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2(which is interesting, you would think COD 2 or COD4 might be top 10). Bad Company 2, The Sims 3, Starcraft , . games like that, statistically anyway if you look it up.


The Witcher isnt even in top 10. Nowhere near it. 


You will find THE most profitable games are THE most pirated.


Doesnt mean i condone piracy dude. Im just saying, Having DRM, doesnt mean anything to stop piracy. Because all of the companies making the most money are THE most pirated lol. Thats statistically a fact. Which makes sense. The majority of pirated games are going to be the most advertised. 


I could bet you Assassins Creed (hardcore DRM game) is WAY WAY more pirated than The Witcher by miles, just because of popularity and mass advertising. 


I cold probably find a statistic that HALF LIFE 1 and HALF LIFE 2 is probably right up there with most pirated to.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@mr_nee Heres the reality. ok? It doesnt MATTER what you do. DRM DOES..NOT ..STOP..PIRACY it doesnt make it harder to crack, it doesnt make it more difficult for anyone to pirate games at all or play them. DRM is more of a headache for me when i buy the game, than the guy pirating it. The guy that pirates it, is having less hassle PLAYING the games hes pirating, than me whos paying for them.


People have been indoctrinated into thinking Piracy is this big deal. it snot, they were never customers in teh first place adn they were never going to buy it in the first place. Doesnt make it right. But i truly believe piracy doesnt lose companies money as much as the companies have made us think it does. Call OF Duty is the most pirated game, one of the most pirated games, its also...the MOST profitable. So if Piracy was such a big deal, it would affect Call OF Duty profits.


Like The Witcher, is DRM free? if Piracy was such a big deal, it wouldnt of made any profit.

faizanhd
faizanhd

CD Projekt Red and Valve. Keeping gaming alive.

Lord knows what would have happened if EA and Ubisoft controlled everything.

Zombrex
Zombrex

Next announcement, "The GOG Box."

hystavito
hystavito

Hmm, depending on how it works, it could be sort of considered DRM.  I'm guessing it has to pull what games you've purchased from your GoG account.  If not, then anyone could just take GoG copies of games and load them into it?  That just doesn't sound like how it would work.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

"A launch date for GOG Galaxy was not announced, now were any of the details"

Should be "nor".

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

So I guess we just won't see games from people like Ubisoft then?

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---Cipher---

@naryanrobinson They've gotten better....ish.... than they were to be fair. That said, I doubt most of the big AAA houses will release on GoGalaxy either.

Redblaze27
Redblaze27

It should be noted Steam does not require an internet connection to play you installed games.

Stiler
Stiler

@Redblaze27 To play in offline mode you have to login every so often, if you haven't logged in for like 3 months, you can't just hop on and play in offline mode.

Ice-Cube
Ice-Cube

Annnd this is what Steam should be..


I hope Valve is taking notes

pcty
pcty

@Ice-Cube Valve is nice and all but i don't think they will go for the DRM free model