GOG Announces DRM-Free Gaming Platform, GOG Galaxy
I suppose the best way to describe GOG Galaxy would be to call it a Steam (or Origin or Uplay) competitor if Steam was DRM-free. It’s so DRM-free that the announcement from CD Projekt mentioned that going online with Galaxy was completely optional. In fact, GOG says that using the Galaxy platform is entirely optional too and you can use GOG the same way you currently do.
Like the competing digital gaming platforms for PC, Galaxy will include the ability to automatically update games with patches (patching is currently my least favourite thing to do on GOG), track achievements and set up a friends list.
The big feature that GOG is promising with Galaxy is something they’re currently branding as cross-play. The feature is supposed to allow you to play games on Galaxy but be able to play with your friends who are playing on Steam. One of the biggest complaints that gamers have about the current ecosystem is the segregation of gamers based on console and platforms played on. Galaxy looks to solve that problem and hopefully can expand cross-play offerings to Origin and Uplay too. Preferably, Steam, Origin and Uplay would work cross-platform play out among themselves but I’d imagine faster-than-light travel would be more likely.
The first game to get cross-play functionality will be the beta CD Projekt’s The Witcher Adventure Game which is based on the board game of the same name.
While a release date for Galaxy hasn’t been announced, we’re to expect more news later this year.