If you paid for the game, you get access to multiplayer. If you got it illegally you can not. I would have to agree that it is a service as well to a certain degree. Basically you get the whole game you paid for and you can play multiplayer. It's not that big of a problem. Heck, I have not even touched the multiplayer and sunk hours and hours into it.
Also on Steam, if you pay for the game you get multiplayer with DRM. Same on GOG, you get multiplayer but with DRM and that is a big problem.
And yeah, for multiplayer you need an internet connections. Surprising? No. It does not even take longer than 1 minute to make an account and use your key to unlock multiplayer. I'm sorry that you guys are upset and some of you rather wished this would not be released on GOG but I am damn glad it did. You see, on contrary to popular belief, I do think the developers cared. They put quite some effort in to make a GOG version of their game. They could have just released it as a steam exclusive. Instead they found a way around enabling both Steam and GOG players to play with each other.
Yes, is surprising and is not about the time required to create a account, why do I have to create that account as long as GOG advertised this as DRM free and why not LAN and other DRM free multiplayer modes? a GOG version of the game would've been without DRM so this game doesn't belong on GOG.
I haven't bought the game and glad I didn't; this seems outrageous.
good for you.
This is beyond outrageous, it's bullshit.
And proves exactly what was being said around here during the regional pricing spat. Not only were they compromising on regional pricing, they were compromising on DRM Free as well.
Wish I hadn't bought it, and won't be buying anything else at gog until they really do come back to their roots.
ADDED IN EDIT: I can confirm that the patch does now allow settings, as well as save games, to be saved with no internet checks at all.
Insofar as single player goes, this game definitely now meets the criteria of DRM Free. One can install, uninstall, reinstall, play, save, and do everything without ever having to have another internet access again.
Well, I should qualify by saying I can confirm it through roughly 1 hour of play and maybe 5 game turns. I surely wouldn't think any game would ever do an internet check at some point later in a game, at least I wouldn't one claiming to be drm free would so such a thing, and so I don't think this one will.
The patch fixes the DRM Free issue IMO.
That does not change anything, the game worked on single player before, now they have just fixed some bugs, it was to be expected, but the DRM is still there and you still have to play as guest. It requires internet for multiplayer, 50% of the game HAS DRM. If they will shut down their server (and they will) than you wont have multiplayer at all.