At the recently concluded CD Projekt Spring Conference where, among ships, shoes and sealing wax, the new updates to GOG.com – the digital distribution arm of CD Projekt – were quietly rolled out to a high level of praise.
Starting with a small but important announcement of the preorder for Botanicula – a point n’ click game made by the creators of the much acclaimed Machinarium:-
This charming point & click game stars five friends on a perilous journey to save the last seed of their home tree from an infestation of parasites. With lush visuals and a soundtrack composed by Czech alternative band DVA, this game is sure to wow all of the fans of Machinarium and adventure games in general.
Next, a biggie, GOG.com announced the addition of “GOG.com Premium Edition” Games that are Good but not so Old. This is kicked off by Ubisoft’s two great hits of recent times Assassins Creed: Director’s Cut and Heroes of Might & Magic V both DRM free. That’s right, you just read “Ubisoft” and “DRM free” in the same sentence. Each is priced at $19.99, however until the 19th of April, the purchase of one game bags you the other for free!
And finally, the mega gigantic super god level behemoth kraken cthulhu roboto announcement: GOG.com will be giving away DRM free copies of Fallout: A Post Apocalyptic Adventure Game for free for the next two days. That’s right, they lived up to their hype of giving away a legendary game. Because this is one of those few games that deserves the epithet for making open world an actual workable mechanic in a highly believable alternate universe. Grab Fallout here!
Before we start this article, let’s take up a quick check list. Do you like good games? Do you like good old games? Do you like new indie games as well? Do you like them all DRM free? Of course, you answered yes to all of the questions here, especially the last one I’m sure.
So you shall be pleased to hear that GOG.com, the DRM free digital distributor of classic PC video games, has undergone a little sea of change and will now stock indie games as well! The games will be stocked at the newer price block of $14.99 (GOG.com usually has games for $9.99 and $5.99). The new games currently announced are Legend of Grimrock, SpaceChem, The Whispered World, Machinarium: Collector’s Edition, Darwinia and Trine. All amazing games (especially Trine and Machinarium!). Of course all of these games will come bundled with the signature goodies from the distributor such as the original soundtrack, wallpapers, avatars and lots more. Straight from the horse’s mouth:
GOG.com, the DRM-free digital distributor of PC games for download, is getting “Bigger, Fresher, and Newer” today, ushering in a number of updates to both the brand of GOG.com and the service as well. GOG.com is no longer only classic PC titles; starting today the distributor will be actively releasing newer titles into its catalog of 400+ games of all ages. The distributor has now signed a variety of indie game developers as partners of GOG.com
Is this excellent? I believe this is most excellent.
I have sufficiently managed to create a large amount of hatred (from my Twitter followers) for The Witcher 2 just by tweeting about it every single day. I cannot help it. The closer the game gets to release day, the more my intensity for the game grows. It is looking fantastic and promises to be the best role playing game this year (and I am making this statement knowing full well that Bethesda is developing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim).
There are quite a number of reasons why this sequel promises to be the best RPG this year. For one where other developers pushed into the limelight after a cracking introductory game try to make the sequel more presentable and less controversial, CD Projekt Red have made sure that there is no dilution to The Witcher. The world of The Witcher is still in many shades of gray with racism, sexism and controversial quests with no correctsolutions as well as strange characters who tread way beyond our moral upbringing (such as the King who has an incestuous relationship with his daughter, but is an extremely just and kind-hearted father otherwise). The main character himself gets laid way too many times throughout the original game (and perhaps this one as well).
In celebration of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings‘ release on GOG.com (CD Projekt Red’s sister company), the site has launched a two-week sale of the original game for the mind-numbingly low price of $5. Pre-ordering The Witcher 2 costs $44.99, so both the games together cost about $50. Not bad, considering you will be getting to know about a real dark-fantasy world full of parallels to our own world.
In case you did not know both the prices are for the digital download version of the DRM-free games. Yes, even The Witcher 2 is available DRM-free only on GOG.com, and it releases on the 17th of May. Go buy!
Alright slight disclaimer here, but the post that follows might have the tone of giddy as a schoolboythat you have heard from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. That is mostly because The Witcher was one of my favorite games of all time. With its non-linear storyline, excellent character progression and a unique experience not seen often in Role Playing Games it struck a chord with my Excellence-O-Meter and has forever remained as one of the pinnacles of modern video gaming.
CD Projekt RED reports that the much expected sequel, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings has gone gold. In video game industry parlance, this means that the game has finished Quality Assurance testing and the last round of bug fixing, and is in production now for retail and digital release. This means, that Geralt of Rivia will grace our computer screens on time on the 17th of May.
Preorders for the game online will start on the 10th of May on both GOG.com as well as the other reputed digital distributors. On GOG.com, a lot of special goodies are available for anyone who preorders the game (without actually paying yet). The AAA title will not have any kind of Digital Rights Management (DRM) on GOG a first for its kind in recent times.
In a time where most high-end titles are beset with postponement and QA woes, CD Projekt RED have gone and outdone themselves by announcing that the game will be released on time, and will be available DRM-free for those who want it that way. Additionally they are doing this without taking the unnecessary route of Downloadable Content (DLC) as a way to further the story and make more money in that process. Kudos to you!