GOG May Add Early Access Games
GOG may add Steam-style Early Access style releases in the future.
That, at least, was the message from Marcin Iwinski, co-founder of CD Projekt RED, the game studio that owns and runs the online retro-centric games storefront.
“We’re obviously looking at it,” said Iwinski in a recent interview. That being the case, Iwinski affirmed that any early access titles added to GOG would need to meet more stringent rules than they often do on services like Steam. “Our concept is different; first of all it’s DRM-free and second it’s curated. I’m often very lost in a lot of stores – apps being my example today. Or even Steam. I don’t know what’s happening; there’s hundreds of releases a month, and I really believe – and our community’s clearly showing that – there is a place for a platform which is choosing the stuff.”
Iwinski’s hope is that active participation on the part of GOG would help hold potential Early Access offerings to a higher standard that he feels might dissuade developers from releasing unfinished games too soon. This, of course, has been a problem on occasion with more lenient services such as Steam.
“It would be the GOG way,” he said. “It would have to be curated and, we believe – we are always saying this very openly – we are responsible in front of the gamer for what they’re buying on GOG.”
Iwinski offered no concrete details about when Early Access games could potentially come to GOG. That said, the prospect of it, especially in the light of the suggested higher standards, could definitely hit the right spot with many PC gamers. We’ve reached out to GOG for further comment.