Posted October 08, 2020
I'm talking about developers who are releasing games on GOG at all. Again, the vast majority of them already support DRM-free multiplayer, and a bunch more would support it if GOG removed their DRM. None of this means having to start from scratch. Also the few that require third party services generally don't actually depend on them for much. Adding a way to bypass that and form a game directly between players is hardly starting from scratch. It's comparable to adding the options menu and making keys rebindable, if that.
JAAHAS: I said most developers, not all and unfortunately some of them seem to be so used to implementing their multiplayer support through the Steam API that they would rather hack in the Galaxy API to replace that than start from scratch.
Turning a DRM'ed single player game DRM-free only requires cutting out the DRM and in most cases you would not be able to tell if that has been done or not if I would only allow you to access the game from it's main menu whereas some forms of multiplayer would only become "DRM-free" by being replaced with some more DRM-free friendly form of multiplayer, which would take a lot more resources to do and would become an additional thing to support, so we are talking about many orders of magnitude greater expenses than what you seem to be thinking.
Actually, my point was that regardless of how much one might care about multiplayer, some forms of it may have the online only disease spread too deep into their design
This isn't about not caring at all about multiplayer, but acknowledging that over the years the old school multiplayer we would prefer has "evolved" into something else that can't always be reasonably expected to work DRM-free no matter how much we would wish for that
Post edited October 08, 2020 by clarry