Is GoG.com Gone?

It’s jarring to see one of your favorite forums or web sites just go away with no announcement, and color me jarred. I was replaying Gabriel Knight 1 this weekend in preparation of an upcoming How To I’m writing and *poof* the GOG.com website and forums just disappeared to be replaced by this message:

Dear GOG users,

We have recently had to give serious thought to whether we could really keep GOG.com the way it is. We’ve debated on it for quite some time and, unfortunately, we’ve decided that GOG.com simply cannot remain in its current form.

We’re very grateful for all support we’ve received from all of you in the past two years. Working on GOG.com was a great adventure for all of us and an unforgettable journey to the past, through the long and wonderful history of PC gaming.

This doesn’t mean the idea behind GOG.com is gone forever. We’re closing down the service and putting this era behind us as new challenges await.

On a technical note, this week we’ll put in place a solution to allow everyone to re-download their games. Stay tuned to this page and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

All the best,
GOG.com Team

My initial response was this looked like a website domain hack, but I’m not so sure any longer. Could this be the end of the classic game retailer? Let’s hope not. We have a message into our GOG.com Press contact for details, we’ll update you as the situation becomes more clear.

UPDATE: From our press contact with GOG: “As the message on the site says, this doesn’t mean GOG is gone :) . We’ll have more to share in the coming days.” So this is legitimate, but not the end of the story apparently.

UPDATE 20.09.2010
A little clarity emerges in today’s update on the GOG website:

“First of all, we apologize everyone for the whole situation and closing GOG.com. We do understand the timing for taking down the site caused confusion and many users didn’t manage to download all their games. Unfortunately we had to close the service due to business and technical reasons. ”

“At the same time we guarantee that every user who bought any game on GOG.com will be able to download all their games with bonus materials, DRM-free and as many times as they need starting this Thursday.”

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