Seems to me this is the result of profit-seeking and as satisfying as the "I told you so's" may be on my part and others, I genuinely feel that GOG would've still went this direction even if people had wised up to push harder against previous instances of DRM-like schemes, online requirements, etc. And, for the record, that includes multiplayer DRM which is NOT necessary, and has NO place on a DRM-free store. Games that have it should either be fixed, the modes excised, or the games themselves removed from the storefront. Just like with the locked elements of this title.
I say to hell with the corporate mentality. To hell with "games as a live service". To hell with DRM, online requirements, rental models as monopsony, defective design of any kind. And to hell with any excuses made for any of it. "That's just the way gaming is now"...no, for me, it is not. I left PC gaming for nearly a decade and a half due to being so disgusted with the "norm" of Scheme DRM. If the options are take DRM or leave it, I will leave it and encourage as many people as I can to join me in leaving it. "Live services" might as well be considered DOA to my wallet!
I couldn't care less what is going on behind the scenes to supposedly, maybe, fix this. Any remaining trust to have in GOG is essentially gone because this never should have occurred in the first place. We can contrast the Deus Ex Mankind Divided DLC which also never should've been, but seemed like it was an oversight from apparently (and may I add, stupidly) not testing the offline PRIMARY installers, only Galaxy. This game now is different. There's no way imo this was anything but intentional from all parties involved. Convince me otherwise?
The issue is far beyond this release. How can we trust any new game will be actually DRM-free the way that we understand it (read: not "'DRM-free, as defined in corporate weaselspeak")? For that matter, how can we even trust updates to our existing purchased games now that devs/pubs are able to intuit GOG doesn't really seem to care if the product is DRM-free or not? We hear from user reports in other topics that it is not necessarily possible to get previous versions of offline installers from Support.
I demand a response from GOG clarifying whether or not our existing games are going to be SAFE from DRMed "improvements" in future updates. In the meantime while we wait for responses, I urge you all to keep your offline installers and vet any new updates thoroughly, for reasoning suggested in the previous paragraph. And how funny as I logged in to post this I got taken to the front page displaying "Hack and Slash week". Evidently, from DRM-man's release, "hack and slash" refers to cutting content out of games!