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GOG will add online-only games to its service moving forward

While Steam remains the undisputed king when it comes to PC gaming (at least in terms of monthly active users), there exists many other clients which offer just as many benefits. One such client is GOG – known best for their DRM-free approach to all their games. That being said, moving forward, the storefront will begin to host a number of online-only titles, breaking their ‘no DRM’ rule.

Making the announcement on their blog, the GOG team revealed the news, saying “Hello again! In this GOG 2022 update, we want to talk about online games and their place on GOG. Many great titles designed to be played with friends are not available here, and we want to change that. For us, it is crucial that we explain our thoughts on introducing more online games and better understand how you feel about it.”

Explaining this decision, they claimed “For the last 14 years, we’ve built a catalog for various tastes: for those who want to (re)discover classics, the fans of CD PROJEKT RED games, for people who love unique indies and exceptional single-player hits. We’ve also added GWENT: The Witcher Card Game to scratch that itch for multiplayer online games. Introducing more online-only games on GOG will help us cater to the needs of our growing audience, who are seeking a broader range of games, which will also allow us to continue our efforts to make games last forever.”

Addressing the whole DRM-free situation, the team explained, “Many of you already enjoy playing online titles, while some might question “since online-only games require an internet connection, how is this DRM-free?”. It is not – online-only games that are designed to be played with others are a separate category of games. Rest assured this will not influence our DRM-free approach. GOG will remain the best platform for single-player DRM-free gaming, with a dedicated approach to classics and game preservation – something that’s at the very core of who we are. Going forward, online-only multiplayer games will be marked as such on the game page – it’s up to you to decide whether you want to play them.”

The explanation does make sense and while GOG does do what they can to offer DRM-free copies of all the games, the choice between playing an online-only game with DRM or not playing the game at all is a simple one for some, and so it’s good to have the option.

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