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The DRM-Free Revolution Continues with Big Pre-Orders and Launch Day Releases!

Good news! is going to bring you more fantastic launch day releases, preorders, and other exciting new content from some of our favorite developers. We've lined up 3 big titles that we will be bringing to in the next couple of months for sale or preorder that we think will be hits with all of our gamers; and we have more equally exciting games coming up soon.

If you've been a member of the site for a long time, you may recall that when we launched sales of The Witcher 2 on, we had to add in regional pricing. The game cost different amounts in in the US, the UK, the European Union, and Australia. We're doing something like that once again in order to bring you new titles from fantastic bigger studios. Since we don't accept currencies other than USD on right now, we'll be charging the equivalent of the local price in USD for these titles. We wish that we could offer these games at flat prices everywhere in the world, but the decision on pricing is always in our partners' hands, and regional pricing is becoming the standard around the globe. We're doing this because we believe that there's no better way to accomplish our overall goals for DRM-Free gaming and We need more games, devs, and publishers on board to make DRM-Free gaming something that's standard for all of the gaming world!

That brings with it more good news, though! As mentioned, we have three games we're launching soon with regional pricing--two RPGs and a strategy game--and while we can't tell you what they are yet because breaking an NDA has more severe penalties than just getting a noogie, we're confident that you'll be as excited about these games as we are. For a limited time, we will be offering anyone who pre-orders or buys one of them a free game from a selection as a gift from, just like we did for The Witcher 2.

If you have any questions, hit us up in the comments below and we'll be happy to answer (to the best of our ability).

EDIT: Since we've answered a lot of the common questions already here (and lest you think that we've ignored you), it may be handy for you to check out the forum thread about this and search for staff answers by clicking this link here. (hat tip to user Eli who reminded us that the feature even exists. :)
Lamesauce. I know the majority of GoG customers are very likely in the US so they are hoping that their core consumer base isn't going to freak out but this isn't fair to everyone else.

I'll gladly gift games when I can to Aussies and others so I hope that region locking keys isn't going to be a thing.
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Elenarie: I love it how you say that you had to pick between EITHER "DRM-Free" or regional pricing. This is a brilliant gem, because we all know that DRM is tied to having non-regional pricing, right, right?
TheEnigmaticT: The phrasing may have been a little bit inelegant. It was that we could either sign these games and bring them DRM-free (I don't see any other digital distributor who's our size trying to sign AAA content DRM-free, do you?), or else stay with flat regional pricing and then not have the games. will remain DRM-Free, certainly. The games that we're bringing you guys? If they're not DRM-free here, I don't see them being DRM-Free anywhere.
I have some kind of questions TET, but they're kind of rambling thoughts. Whatever they are, I'd be interested in your views on them. All of these questions come from what I believe is a valid assumption, which is that you believe fully that this is the right thing to do both for GOG and its users.

I've probably been here longer than most here nowadays, certainly long enough to remember the beta days, and the early GOG press anouncements and quotes like "When it comes to games, we like it cheap and unprotected". There were many announcements back then about how you guys believed in keeping the cost down, and believed in one price for everyone. With this announcement, as well as the previous abandonment of your low prices, do you regret having these goals in the first place? I mean, your credibility with us right now is looking pretty poor, you've sold out on all but one policy.

I don't think you do regret having the goals, I suspect your answer will be along the lines of "We'd love to meet all of these, but this is necessary for GOGs future". I'll continue on this assumption. If so, then I suppose it makes me wonder if you feel you would have been better off not trying for these other things in the first place? DRM-free was always your top dog, do you feel you could have moved faster, grown faster, and brought more games to us faster if you'd only run with that policy, and caved on the others earlier, or never even had them?

This brings me to wonder, if you feel that the policies were never particularly valuable, do you feel GOG has marketted itself badly? Which I suppose would fall squarely at your door. There were many people who were swayed by these "side policies" into supporting GOG, and energetically prompting others to do so, have you mis-sold to them in terms of brand loyalty?

Perhaps you feel that these things were necessary then, but as GOG grows they're not. If that's the case, have you "used" those of us that do consider these things to be a reason we supported you so fully? I can believe many supporters of these other "side policies" would feel like stepping stones right now, there to get you through the quiet days and shout your name across the net, but no longer appreciated now you've got the presence.

I'd appreciate your, and everyone elses (constructive) thoughts on this.
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This is bad. Once you gave in to regional pricing pressure there will no end to it. Some claimed that DRM was also an "industry standard". Yet GOG was pushing against it. So why give up on flat pricing now? Such "standards" should be ditched.
Post edited February 21, 2014 by shmerl
Ralackk: Can't say I'm super happy with this annoucement either but as with all purchases people just need to determine if the price being offered is worth it or not. Even if its more than whats being offered to others. If its not just don't buy it until it drops/ goes on sale or not at all.
I suspect that regional pricing is going to reinforce people's inclination to wait for sales: if I see a game offered at $x to Americans and $x+y (where y > 0) to me, I'm going to judge that the game is worth at most $x.
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You know, I really get this point from a business PoV. As much as I love the "old" part of gog and would prefer for it to drop all this new crap and focus solely on old games (with possible exception of good indie games) I can see the need for more new games. And personally I couldn't care less about regional pricing for new games since I don't play new games (with occasional exception of indie games) and I'm egotistical jerk. But all I can see here is:
GoG: "Can we put your yyy game in our game catalogue drm-free?"
XXX: "Sure... oh wait, I see you allow regional prices now. Great. I wan those for my game too."
GoG: ":( Ok..."
XXX: "Wait, don't you have like 10 of my games already? Put region price for all of them and region lock them."
GoG: "But... that's... fine ;("
XXX: "Oh, you're yielding for that? Great. I think I don't like this drm-free idea anymore. So put drm in my games."
GoG: "No no no no, that's not going to happen."
XXX: "Then I'll take my games from you. Because you see, now that I think about it, as much as you can't exist without customers, you can't exist without publishers too. And if you cease to exist all those customers will just move to another steam or whatnot, where my games are already sold with drm. And while you sure have few customers. Your drm-free version of the games are creating enormous losses for me and my colleagues. *pulls some paper out of his ass* Just look at those totally genuine statistics! In fact, you should be paying me back for those losses. But now my good heart. If you put drm in my games, I'll let you earn your pittance from selling them."
GoG: "T_T"
And that would be fine and dandy if you actually had some competitor in the market. But you don't. So there is no alternative. So the other alternative is piracy. Which in my case doesn't sound that bad because there wouldn't be any piracy. The only AAA games post 2009 that I bought were Witcher 2 (here) and retail... ekhem, steam-key versions of DE:HR and Skyrim. Combine it with a fact that I didn't upgrade my PC at all since 2009 (now that I thik about it, I don't think I reinstalled Windows since 2009, shit, I didn't know it could run that long and not crash into oblivion (but it's getting there)) so no new games for me. You are my only source of knowledge of indie games and old games which I don't remember and I can't pirate something that I have no idea it exist. Well, I amassed so many old games and still collecting them (on consoles) that I probably have enough to last me a life time so I suppose it won't be that bad but it'll still be sad.

On a side note. This created nice opportunity for business for hamburgers, oh sorry, I meant citizens of U S and A. Since you're legally allowed to gift things to foreigners (I know, I buy a lot of stuff from USA and Japan) so making gifts restricted would be illegal (I think, not professional liar... tfu, lawyer (those tongue blunders today... :P)). So you could earn a bit by selling gift codes with minor commission for yourself (say, 50% of price difference). Yup, could be nice.
glumpot: Is there a *wish* in the forums yet to get GOG to stop regional pricing? If so, I'd like to vote that up. I live in the US so I don't have to overpay, but I don't think it's fair anyone else should...
jorlin: There is now:
Voted and bumped
RS1978: I was resolved to buy Divinity: Original Sin at its release here on GOG, but now I'm very undecided. Regional prices means usually that Germans have to pay the highest fees of all. If Larian believe they can offer an US buyer better conditions as a German one, then I'm not willing to reward such a policy.

I'm definitely not blaming GOG for this, it's clear that you have to make concessions and if that's the prize we have to pay for big DRM-free releases, then perhaps it has to be - but I always feel a little cheated with it. Regarding Steam prices: I would never consider to buy a game for standard price on Steam, due they are always much too high for German customers.

But I wonder what will be the next step? Censored games for Germany as it is usual on Steam?
fr33kSh0w2012: EH??? same Here Buddy! Aussies slugged 50 percent more for tech products.

Australians are being forced to pay up to 50 percent more for technology hardware and software compared to the US, the parliamentary committee investigating IT price disparities has found.
Yeah, it seems politicians all over the world are very ingenious to get the hardly earned money from their people. :(
Bambusek: Planetary Annihilation will come with cd key that you need to activate in order to play online. But I don't understand why make a fuss about it as there are already games here with such system (Unepic or Wargame: EE)
HGiles: Yeah, that's not a big deal.

I backed PA but when it turned out I had to install their own system I didn't bother downloading. Wonder if they'll let me get a GOG key when it comes out here.
wut? I'm playing PA and I haven't installed anything beside game client.
glumpot: Is there a *wish* in the forums yet to get GOG to stop regional pricing? If so, I'd like to vote that up. I live in the US so I don't have to overpay, but I don't think it's fair anyone else should...
jorlin: There is now:
I would put this in my signature if there were such a thing on GOG.
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Oh, how exciting.
(Sorry, my team is getting hammered right now, and this "announcement" gave me a good target for venting.)

Seriously though, if You'd spent the resources needed for this "exciting" stuff on hunting down and securing right for the classics instead, maybe You wouldn't need Your users, Night Dives etc. help to do it.
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Wow, I didn't even think of the gift giving aspect of this thing. That is a HUGE problem.
RS1978: I'm not here for "great community" (have a real life with good friends, you know) but for "DRM-free" and "Uncensored" games. We can talk about prices, but if I have to pay German prices, than I want full German language support as well of course.
BreOl72: I stated the "great community" (in quotation marks for a reason), because you can read that over and over again in lots of comments - how great the GOG-community is, compared to -say- the "cesspool" on Steam.

And now, you find no one saying, "ah, bugger...regional pricing, that sucks...oh, f**k it, at least the community is great!"
Instead you find people saying, they rather buy on Steam, because there are the better deals ;o)

Regarding the "DRM-free" and "uncensored": I'm here for the DRM-free, too. I never minded the goodies (nice, yes - but mostly unimportant (to me)).

As far as I'm aware, all games here on GOG are uncensored, no? Not that this point matters that much (for me!). I played System Shock 2 with green (?) blood, so I really don't care. :o)

Regarding the German language support: While I cannot speak for the GOG-crew (naturally), I do think, that Pubishers like Daedalic will give us our language-packs now much faster (on release day?), since I firmly believe, that the non-regional pricing on GOG kept them from giving us (German) customers these in the first place.

And like I wrote in my comment: If anything that really matters changes (in my case: DRM-freedom) - I'll turn my back and never look back.
Ah Your wrong about all games are uncensored Witcher 2 EE was censored for US in Australia because our MS BITCH government didn't want us rewarded with Sex for completing a certain quest Propperly so I grabbed the Dzips so I coul;d have the Full game Even though it comes up as I haven't Bought the game when I have just the AU version!
wpegg: I'd appreciate your, and everyone elses (constructive) thoughts on this.
My short response is that the process is evolutive. GOG didn't know at the start what would be feasible, and what would have to be adapted over time. Just as none of us truly knows what the marketplace will look like five years from now, when new technologies and distribution channels have altered it yet again.

I do feel bad any time that people climb down from their higher principles. But I don't know enough about the full ramifications yet (and may never) to say definitively whether GOG is ultimately making the right or wrong move with this.
wpegg: [ you've sold out on all but one policy.
Wait a minute...what? Just how many policies have they sold out on? I want a list. The way i see it, we still get DRM free games, bonus stuff, good customer service. Aside from tacking regional prices on these specific games, what else have they sold out on?
What is the big deal? At the end of the news it mentions that they will do similar thing they did with The Witcher 2 and they gave free games to those who had to pay more then then $ price. If they are giving a free games to make it up to the buyer then I see no problem here.