Good Old Games (GOG), the online outfit best known for offering downloadable, DRM-free versions of hundreds of classic PC titles, seems set to take on Valve and its Steam platform more directly with today's announcement of GOG Galaxy, an optional platform that aims to provide all the benefits of a centralized game launcher without many of the headaches of current platform options.
As teased in a somewhat vague "vision" trailer for the upcoming service, GOG Galaxy promises to offer convenient features like a centralized launcher, automated game updates, and chat between players without the more onerous requirements of services like Steam, UPlay, Origin, etc. That means games using Galaxy will be DRM-free, with no need for online activation or an Internet connection to play single-player. "Your game will always launch," as the trailer puts it. You supposedly don't even have to create a GOG Galaxy account to use the service unless you want to share your in-game achievements with friends. GOG goes so far as to call it "the optional client."
The trailer also sells Galaxy as a way to avoid being locked in to...
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