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GOG’s Steam-like Distribution Service GOG Galaxy Launches into Open Beta

GOG has today announced that their game distribution service, GOG Galaxy, is now available for everyone to try

GOG has always had a strong stance against DRM and has always offered games free to download rather than activate on services such as Steam. So in an attempt to cut out the middle-man, GOG decided to unveil GOG Galaxy, a new service that’ll work similar to Steam, but offer you the chance to play the game, even if you’re not online. The service has been in closed alpha for some time but as of today it’s available for anyone to try.

The DRM-free online platform allows the user to customise their experience such as the ability to play any game on the platform online or offline, decide to allow automatic updates or switch them off, and much more. If you do have automatic updates and the latest patch ruins the game somehow, GOG Galaxy offers a roll-back feature letting you play rather than wait for developers to update the game. Users can also download standalone, DRM-free backups of the game to keep their purchases in their possession, even if the developer removes the game from GOG Galaxy.

“With GOG Galaxy, we can start bringing new, big games to GOG.com,” says Piotr Karwowski, VP of online technologies. “The first major release will be The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which will offer automatic updates, achievements and stats. We’re getting ready to release and fully support even more AAA titles in the future.”

The service is set to offer 1,000 games at launch, with more titles being added further down the line with the first major release being CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

You can download GOG Galaxy by heading right here.

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