GOG Launching Steam-Like Service

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that Steam, Valve’s online digital distribution platform, has revolutionized PC gaming. They were at the forefront of throwing physical media by the wayside in favorite of digital collecting and they’ve seen little in the way of actual competition.

GOG, formerly Good Old Games, is looking to change that.

GOG is launching a service called GOG Galaxy, which will offer the same DRM-free online gaming platform that Steam does, along with almost every title that Steam offers. GOG has always been great when it comes to the absolute lack of digital rights management. They seem to believe that when a consumer purchases a game, they shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to play it. Crazy, right?

While GOG Galaxy will operate similar to Steam, there is one big difference: the service is entirely optional. The games you purchase are yours from the get-go, so you never have to activate the game online. There’s still a big online component to the service, featuring multiplayer, achievements, and the social networking aspect that everyone has grown accustomed to, but it’s all completely optional, giving you complete freedom.

Then there’s Cross-Play, which will supposedly let GOG Galaxy users play games with Steam users and players on other clients and gaming platforms. Some will be skeptical of this feature, but I wouldn’t think that GOG would announce it if they didn’t have something up their sleeve.

Check out the promotional video below, which is all we have to go on for now.

via Slash Gear

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