With Early Access becoming the new trend of releasing games, the latest to jump onto that bandwagon is GOG.com, who hope to offer a more risk-free and curated version of this programme.
‘Games in Development’ is GOG.com’s attempt at an Early Access program, but unlike Steam, Games in Development hopes to offer a safer and user-friendly experience by hand picking each game, offering a 14-day no quibble refund, and implementing the GOG Galaxy roll back feature.
Early Access has had its high times, it’s also had its low times. Though some fantastic games have been funded using this idea, people have also been screwed over by games which just stopped being made, and were left unfinished and often broken. GOG.com hopes to offer a way for players to never experience that again.
“Our goal has always been to offer a selection of titles that are both excellent and worth your time. Nowadays, we’re seeing more games that are already great experiences while still in development,” says Piotr Karwowski, GOG.com Managing Director. “We want all gamers on GOG.com to have access to what these titles have to offer, but we want to get it right, carefully evaluating each and every game, offering a 14-day refund policy, and providing GOG Galaxy support with update rollback and more.”
The first selection of Games in Development have launched today, and offer discounts of upto 40%. What’s more, as with all GOG.com games, they’re fully DRM Free. These games are:
- Ashes of the Singularity
- Project Zomboid
- Curious Expeditions
With the addition of no-questions-asked refunds during the first 14 days, as well as the chance to roll-back updates through GOG.com’s optional Galaxy client, this will likely make for a more compelling Early Access experience as players will feel more inclined to try out these titles knowing that if something does go wrong, they’ll be able to get it sorted.
“If a game update breaks something or introduces unwanted changes, GOG Galaxy lets you easily rollback to any previous version of your game while you wait for the fixes,” says Piotr Karwowski. “As an added bonus, rollback actually stores historical snapshots throughout a game’s development – that means you can always revisit any point in the game’s history with a single click.”