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