OH MY GOD GOG IS PLANNING ON RELEASING NEW GAMES. I CAN SEE BUILDINGS COLLAPSING, ASTEROIDS HEADING TOWARDS EARTH AND THE DEAD WALKING THE EARTH.
The world as we know it is lost.
Seriously people, they plan on releasing new games and you automatically think the site is doomed? Are you guys ever optimistic?
It is not as simple as you might think. GOG only has a limited amount of ressources available. And I want GOG to put those into getting the classics back.Let's just take one aspect of the whole GOG going to new frontiers business. The licencing.
A good corporate lawyer costs arung 400 € - 500 € an hour. So you want to minimize the involvement of lawyers. I want GOG to invest this money into getting e.g. LucasArts or maybe finally untangling the whole System Shock mess. If they start getting publishers on board to publish games like "Hydrophobia" some of that legal budget gets diverted to the developer/publisher of that game, which will cause a delay on other "old games".
New games isn't just something "free on top" for GOG. It is a whole new venue that will drain ressoruces away from their core market. Therefore this is something to be very concerned about. It's not that I don't trust GOG, but a lot of good companies have made terrible "marketing decisions" in the past (e.g. LucasArts abandoning adventures in favor for medicore Star Wars games). And in the end, GOG still is a company that must make profits.
And I think their "core model" can still do better. Bundles e.g. or Text Adventures of the 80's for maybe 2.99$.