GOG.com announces Galaxy game platform and Witcher 3 info

News Aaron Birch
6 Jun 2014 - 18:51

GOG is going to release its own online gaming service, but this is a client for the gamer, not the publisher...

Always the champion of the gamer, and gamer choice, eschewing much-hated tactics like DRM, GOG.com has stepped up its quest to return freedom to the gaming public, and has announced its Galaxy gaming platform.

An online gaming client, similar to Steam and Origin, Galaxy will offer automatic updates, achievements and all sorts of social features, but here's the kicker - you don't actually have to be online if you don't want to be.

Whereas other services, and an increasing amount of individual games, require an active internet connection in order for a game to be played, Galaxy will not. The online portion of the app will be optional, and you'll always be able to access your games offline, at any time. The service will also be platform agnostic, with support for other devices coming at a later date.

Of course, the online functions, such as multiplayer and achievement sharing will need an online connection, but it's the player choice that's important here, and GOG is clearly showing competing services how it should be done. You can see a video for the service below.

GOG has also announced that it's starting to take pre-orders for the highly anticipated The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, the final part of the Geralt of Riva trilogy, which is due to release on February 24 2015. The Witcher 3 will also be the one of first games to appear on the new Galaxy service.

Pre-ordering the Witcher 3 will get you beta access to the Witcher 3's multiplayer mode (via Galaxy), pre-order extras like digital artbooks, comics and music, and a free copy of Neverwinter Nights, which served as the inspiration for the Witcher. Owners of the first and second Witcher games will also get 10% of the pre-order.

On top of that, the pre-order is a 'fair price package', and on release you'll get back the price difference via GOG vouchers if you live in areas where the game is more expensive than in the US. The pre-order is live now on GOG.com, and you can grab the package via the link below. Have a look at the latest trailer for the Witcher 3 too, while you're at it.

Witcher 3 pre-order

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