i want to swing by here to say:
while i'm not into shooters, at all, hitman seems particularly goofy and could have been fun as a dumb romp to play where you just do everything wrong for the sake of that.
buuuuut, i'm not a shooter guy, and this was ALREADY a shaky prospect as a result. so now, you've effectively lost the sale of someone who might have been mildly curious and who just bought the game for the sake of it and then never played it. ie: YOU LOST FREE MONEY.
good going, gog and ioi :P
IOI and GOG are in talks apparently, don't know what they'll do but at least they are aware of the backlash.
Source is from the latest stream they did. timestamp at 54min. https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1156865525?t=00h54m00s
I honestly have to wonder how this happened. The clip is awkward to watch, fella on the right looks like he's sitting on hot spikes when the topic comes up.
The process of any signing of games is pretty long but you know what you are signing, I don't really understand how it can go through multiple elements on both sides, with both parties knowing who the are dealing with, the game then going through testing, then marketing/community preparing stuff and the results is 'here's a game packed with DRM on DRM-FREE store' and stunned silence as they're surprised by the reaction.
I don't want to assume people don't do research into products they sell, but this with Devotion does suggest there's a no research made or they're just signing anything they can get their hands on without knowing what it is.
This should have been a big catch for GOG, but taking it with DRM should have been a no straight away. You can't build your house on foundations and run campaigns like 'FCKDRM' only to accept DRM and do it in a manner where you act as nothing has happened.
As a fan of the service and preservation, it's sad to see the betrayal of the DRM-Free approach and the lack of care towards the process of curation.
this was my take on it, also.
he sounds so CONFUSED.
and there's NO WAY he could be that confused.
plus, there's a whole bunch of weird deflection: "we'll talk to you later once we know."
you KNEW from the time you signed up to put your game on gog.
like even before then, i'll wager.
gog is QUITE SPECIFICALLY drm-free.
they go out of their way to talk that up.
this smells extra fishy.