It appears, according to reports out today that GOG, the DRM-free game marketplace that was founded by the folks at CD Projekt Red, is setting their sights on creating a new Early Access business alà Steam Early Access program.
According to GOG co-founder, Marcin Iwinski, even though GOG and Steam deal with DRM in games in a totally different fashion the idea of adding a DRM-free early access program could be done in a way that matches GOG’s curated style of doing games.
This is what he had to say in an interview with Eurogamer:
“As you know our concept is different,” he said. “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.”
Opinion: I really hope that GOG doesn’t do this because the last thing we need is yet another avenue to get shit games, or games that are still so raw they have the smell of fresh bacon all over them. Increasingly we are seeing games being flown under the “Early Access” banner that are just a way to make an early cash grab with no promise of actually bringing a finished game to market.
I understand that indie game developers need some way to gauge whether their game has any merit at all but encouraging people to spend their heard earned money on something that might never see the light of day is irresponsible, both from the developers and from services like the one on Steam or GOG’s proposed plan.