Sections

GOG.com to relaunch with indie, mainstream new releases

Tuesday, 27th March 2012 06:00 GMT By Brenna Hillier

CD Projekt’s vintage gaming portal, Good Old Games, will shed its current moniker in favour of the simpler “GOG” as part of its overhaul as a more broadly-focussed digital distributor.

GOG.com’s bright and shining new website, which was teased last week, goes live at 9:00AM GMT on Tuesday, and brings more than a cosmetic upgrade.

Gamespot reports site will begin offering new release indie titles, starting with Trine 2 and The Whispered World, with other favourites like Machinarium, Darwinia and Spacechem to follow.

Moreover, the service will soon support mainstream releaes as well, beginning one to three years after their general release.

All games released through GOG.com will maintain CD Projekt’s firm anti-DRM stance, which likely explains the expected delay on traditionally published games, which generally have timed contractual obligations with regards to DRM.

That said, CD Projekt’s co-founder Marcin Iwinski said the delay is inspired by a gap in the digital distribution market.

“There are hundreds of great games released every year from publishers of every imaginable size. When you have a huge catalog filled with classics, it’s very hard to sell an older game without putting in on steep discount,” he said.

“At GOG.com, they know that even top-selling franchises might not be top-of-mind at the moment, and when they release a game on our service, they take the time to make it special, to give it its day in the sun, and generally showcase the value of the game to our audience.”

Iwinski also said that constant promotional sales undercuts the value of games.

“I believe a huge majority of digital distribution platforms (from Apple’s App store to Valve’s Steam, and many others) have become gigantic black holes that sign hundreds of titles and run tons of promotional sales,” he said.

“Running so many discounts decreases the perceived value of our entire entertainment media. When you can buy a bundle of fantastic indie games for $1, it’s that much harder to convince someone to shell out $10 to try one indie game.”

CD Projekt remains firmly committed to its role as a global distributor, too, and won’t capitulate to publisher demands for regional pricing.

“TYou cannot claim to be a global distribution platform and then decide that you’re only ‘kind of’ global, that you will only sell games to some people. That’s against GOG.com’s founding value of fairness,” Iwinski said.

“Just to show you how seriously GOG treats this matter, there are even games that they refused to sign because some users would not be able to purchase them due to banned in-game content in some countries. GOG.com’s games will always be available to everybody worldwide at a fair and unified price. This is one of GOG’s pillars and they will gladly and stubbornly stick to it.”

Latest

7 Comments

  1. alterecho

    “Running so many discounts decreases the perceived value of our entire entertainment media. When you can buy a bundle of fantastic indie games for $1, it’s that much harder to convince someone to shell out $10 to try one indie game.”

    Spot on! I agree.

    I will STILL prefer a boxed copy and not prefer alignment to any particular digital distribution service.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. unacomn

    Hell ya!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. djjoejoe

    What the what? How did I not know Good Old Games was owned by CD Projekt? Guess that explains Witcher 2 being on there in style, just thought it was a one off thing that the site had the amazing game on there and offered it up in such an incredible way. I think I love the company now.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. endgame

    Also! Fair prices for everyone! Thank you very much! \o/

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Sam Clay

    KKnD for GoG.com please! :)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. NeoSquall

    @3 If you didn’t know that GOG.com was founded, owned and run by CD Projekt then you never cared about the site.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    It strikes me as a really weird idea to start selling games a year after release. Why not just get them at release?

    @5 Sam, I love you. I thought I was literally the only person who still loved and cherished that game. When Bioware were teasing their C&C, I was like “KKnDeeeeee?!” and then they broke my heart.

    Fuckers.

    Moreover, Crimson Skies. Okaythankyou.

    #7 3 years ago

Comments are now closed on this article.