Purveyor in all the finest PC games of yesteryear—Good Old Games has spent three years making a name for itself as the place to find the niche gaming gems otherwise lost to the mists of time, but tomorrow marks their move into the mainstream with a new name and a new vision.
From 9am Tuesday the entity known simply as ‘GOG.com’ will open its doors for the first time. Selling both brand new indie games and 1-3 year old titles from some of the big publishers, GOG.com are hoping to make it big with DRM-free versions of what the more established digital distribution channels are already selling, but without the unfair regional pricing. One of the most interesting titbits of information released so far is GOG.com’s intention to “bundle [DLC] with the main game” in order to “offer a massive package at a good price”. With more and more games going down the multiple DLC road to extend their money making lives, the availability of a good value, all-in-one GOG.com edition would be a welcome change from the current trend of buying a base game only to spend its cost twice over to acquire ‘all’ of it.
GOG.com have certainly set themselves ambitious goals. Although they have secured some popular indie titles such as Trine, Darwinia and Machinarium, Desura and a dozen indie bundles have already pitched themselves squarely at that market. The success of ‘GOG.com’ will hinge on their ability to get the larger publishers onboard and secure the promised big name games. Ultimately whether this move will pan out for GOG.com is pure speculation at this point, but it definitely seems that their heart is in the right place with managing director Guillaume Rambourg telling GameSpot “our aim is to provide value for money to gamers, so that they are happy to buy games from us.”