FRESH OUT THE OVEN

GOG.com Launches Its Own Cat­a­log of Early Ac­cess Games, Called ‘Games in De­vel­op­ment’

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You should prob­a­bly know by now that if you wanted to play a game while it’s still un­der de­vel­op­ment, you’d have to do so through the dig­i­tal game dis­tri­bu­tion ser­vice that’s fondly known as Steam – sim­ply be­cause there are no other plat­forms out there that al­low you to do so. Un­til now, that is.

GOG.com, one of Steam’s di­rect com­peti­tors, is of­fer­ing its own take on Steam’s Early Ac­cess ini­tia­tive, and it’s called ‘Games in De­vel­op­ment’. Just like Early Ac­cess, Games in De­vel­op­ment al­lows play­ers to pur­chase and sup­port games that are still in the midst of be­ing de­vel­oped, and pro­vide feed­back di­rectly to their de­vel­op­ers, who will then make the nec­es­sary amend­ments. At the time of writ­ing, there are only five ti­tles that are avail­able on Games in De­vel­op­ment – Ashes of the Sin­gu­lar­ity, Pro­ject Zom­boid, Star­bound, Ter­raTech, and The Cu­ri­ous Ex­pe­di­tion – which are all like­wise avail­able through Steam’s Early Ac­cess pro­gram.

Un­like Steam, GOG will be of­fer­ing its cus­tomers a 14-day, no-ques­tions-asked re­fund pol­icy for all Games in De­vel­op­ment ti­tles, so you won’t have to worry about be­ing short­changed if the early ac­cess game that you bought is buggy to the point of be­ing vir­tu­ally un­playable. But then again, you shouldn’t need to worry about dys­func­tional early ac­cess games at all, as Piotr Kar­wowski, GOG.com’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, said in a state­ment that GOG will be “care­fully eval­u­at­ing each and ev­ery game” be­fore they’re hand-picked to be part of Games in De­vel­op­ment.

Nev­er­the­less, as an ad­di­tional safety net, GOG’s Galaxy client will pro­vide play­ers with the abil­ity to roll­back games to a pre­vi­ously in­stalled ver­sion, which should come in handy in the event that a buggy up­date ren­ders a par­tic­u­lar game worse off than be­fore. "If a game up­date breaks some­thing or in­tro­duces un­wanted changes, GOG Galaxy lets you eas­ily roll­back to any pre­vi­ous ver­sion of your game while you wait for the fixes," added Kar­wowski.

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