The DRM-Free Revolution Continues with Big Pre-Orders and Launch Day Releases!
Good news! GOG.com is going to bring you more fantastic launch day releases, preorders, and other exciting new content from some of our favorite developers. We've lined up 3 big titles that we will be bringing to GOG.com in the next couple of months for sale or preorder that we think will be hits with all of our gamers; and we have more equally exciting games coming up soon.
If you've been a member of the site for a long time, you may recall that when we launched sales of The Witcher 2 on GOG.com, we had to add in regional pricing. The game cost different amounts in in the US, the UK, the European Union, and Australia. We're doing something like that once again in order to bring you new titles from fantastic bigger studios. Since we don't accept currencies other than USD on GOG.com right now, we'll be charging the equivalent of the local price in USD for these titles. We wish that we could offer these games at flat prices everywhere in the world, but the decision on pricing is always in our partners' hands, and regional pricing is becoming the standard around the globe. We're doing this because we believe that there's no better way to accomplish our overall goals for DRM-Free gaming and GOG.com. We need more games, devs, and publishers on board to make DRM-Free gaming something that's standard for all of the gaming world!
That brings with it more good news, though! As mentioned, we have three games we're launching soon with regional pricing--two RPGs and a strategy game--and while we can't tell you what they are yet because breaking an NDA has more severe penalties than just getting a noogie, we're confident that you'll be as excited about these games as we are. For a limited time, we will be offering anyone who pre-orders or buys one of them a free game from a selection as a gift from GOG.com, just like we did for The Witcher 2.
tl;dr Basically what the fluff piece says is that they're dropping one of their core principles, fair-pricing, so that they could sell more games. This means that unless you're American, you're probably going to get shafted on price when it comes to these new games. On the plus side, more games will be added to the catalogue, from new releases and/or publishers that were reluctant due to pricing scheme. Other things gathered from the forum topic from statements by their PR person are:
- the $ will remain the transaction currency which means that, if the system defaults you to something else, you get to pay a conversion fee as well
- region locking games will be a possibility i.e. Germany will get censored games and some places might not get them at all
- regional prices might come to any game currently in the catalogue once contracts come to renegotiations
- if a game gets regional pricing, the publisher will most likely have free reign on who pays what
There might be more to add, but I'm only 1/3 through the topic and by the looks of it, this announcement has not been received very well by the community (or maybe I'm focusing on the negatives). For my part, I tend to agree because, after reading through that topic, I came to the conclusion that fair-pricing was more important to me than DRM-free since I can get that from a lot of places now. If not, there's always the option of applying a crack to the majority of games and while I still want to financially support devs that go DRM-free, GOG itself has lost a great deal of importance to me. Maybe I'll look at this in a less negative light in a few days, or maybe they'll even backtrack due to the reaction. Whatever the case, GOG has lost any integrity they had left (the video below is theirs).