DRM-Free gaming distribution website GOG.com today revealed GOG Galaxy, their new optional client that will reportedly place “unparalleled freedom over online play and connectivity back in the hands of gamers”. The client was revealed during the CD Projekt RED and GOG.com Summer Conference. An informational video was released along with the announcement, and can be viewed below.
GOG Galaxy will be a digital distribution client similar to clients like Steam and Origin. However, in keeping with GOG.com’s mission of DRM-Free gaming, GOG Galaxy will be entirely optional and will not require an internet connection to validate and play your games. Unlike similar clients, GOG Galaxy will allow you to play any of your games without an internet connection, meaning the player won’t get locked out of single player games if the client can’t validate the user’s copy. GOG Galaxy will include additional, entirely optional features as well, including friends, chat, and automatic updating. The player will, of course, need to be online to play multiplayer or share their achievements with friends, but again, these features are entirely optional. Further, GOG Galaxy is capable of cross-play. The client is designed to be “platform-agnostic”, meaning GOG Galaxy users will be able to play their games with players using other clients. Cross-play with Steam is promised at launch, with more clients to be added in the future.
From the press release:
“During the CD PROJEKT RED and GOG.com Summer Conference, GOG.com ushered in a new era of DRM-free gaming with the announcement of GOG Galaxy, its brand new technology that places unparalleled freedom over online play and connectivity back in the hands of gamers. With this an entirely optional platform, players can dive into online multiplayer portions of their favorite games, while enjoying single-player anytime they please without needing an internet connection. GOG Galaxy is designed to be a platform-agnostic online solution, allowing GOG.com and Steam players – with more platforms to be added in the future – to game together. An optional client will be introduced later this year to allow for easy game updating, and GOG.com has already begun working with developers to implement the technology in their games.”
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SOURCE: Press Release