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Install any game with a single click, and GOG Galaxy will keep it always up to date. Optional bandwidth limiting and scheduling gives you additional control.
Never lose your progress again! Your saves will automatically backup to the Cloud and will stay synced between your computers. (supported games only)
It’s up to you when and how to play your games. GOG Galaxy will always work without an internet connection, and so will your GOG Galaxy installed games.
Sometimes game updates break things. Thanks to the built-in Rollback feature, you can restore your game to prior states with just a single click.
Don’t like being forced to update? In GOG Galaxy you can turn off auto-updating for any game and receive notifications when new updates are available.
Unlock achievement laid out by the developers and track your playtime. Win bragging rights or just do it for the sake of your inner completionist.
See notifications, chat with friends or check how many FPS your glorious PC is pushing by pressing Shift+Tab in-game. (supported games only)
For all overlay supported games, you can capture a screenshot to immortalise that epic moment - simply press F12 when the time is right.
GOG Galaxy-powered multiplayer games offer matchmaking and online play. In new and classic games alike, meet other players and make friends... or enemies.
Crossplay-enabled games offer online play between GOG and Steam. Because where you buy your games shouldn't prevent you from playing with friends.
Add people you like to your friends list. Keep track of their activities, see if they are online, what are they playing, start a new chat or invite them to a game.
No matter if your friends are playing a game, using GOG Galaxy or browsing GOG website, you can always chat with them. Stay connected!
Enjoy playing games in good company? Invite friends from within the game, or join their games from GOG Galaxy. (supported games only)
GOG Galaxy is about freedom of choice. Not into achievements? Desktop notifications distract you? Adjust the Client to your needs and stay clutter-free.
We deeply respect our users, so we’ve also built GOG Galaxy to respect your privacy. We don’t track your personal data... we don’t even look for it.
No matter if GOG Galaxy sleeps in the background or if you are playing a game, you won’t miss that new message, invite for a round of multiplayer or a friend request.
We believe that GOG Galaxy should be as lightweight as possible, and with every version we do our best to decrease its CPU footprint.
Beyond all these features, GOG Galaxy will never be mandatory. And that’s great motivation for us - we want to make it so good, that you actually want to use it.
GOG Galaxy is as much about bringing the GOG.com experience up to modern par, as it is about offering completely new features and standards.
GOG Galaxy will make it possible for us to support new games that require online features, but it’s equally important to offer an even better experience to our existing users, and to support our community in seamlessly transitioning between our website, into games, and inbetween. We're introducing quality of life features and the means to stay connected whether you're in your browser, in the client, or in-game.
Most importantly, we want to redefine what it means to use a gaming client. Most GOG Galaxy functionality is optional and toggleable, but we also want to introduce a few features that you haven't seen before. Like rolling back patches.
Yes. You will be able to download and update every single game via GOG Galaxy - we call these the core features. Right now, a few games do not yet support the client - a list is available on our support pages. Our aim is to include support for every single game as soon as possible.
Core features (like installing, updating, game time tracking) will be available in every single title. In-game and social features might not be, so we'll make sure that all supported features are listed clearly on a game's page.
We will release all of our games simultaneously through GOG Galaxy and the website. Updates, however, can be more efficient in GOG Galaxy - it's largely the reason we made it. By automating the update process in the Client, we'll be able to get patches distributed quickly while we continue to manually package and test our standalone patchers. In short, we'll get the updates out as fast as possible through both channels - but we won't delay one on account of the other.
There are several channels that you can use:
Bug reports: Our http://mantis.gog.com will stay active, where we can directly interact with you to squash any issues.
Feature requests: We have a new wishlist section dedicated to requesting, and voting on, new features in GOG Galaxy.
General feedback: We encourage you to discuss GOG Galaxy on our forums, and we'll be monitoring the threads to gather feedback and new ideas.
GOG Galaxy supports all of the current website functionality, that includes buying games through the client and participating in the forums. The GOG Galaxy client should work as a full replacement for the website if you want it to.
We respect your privacy, so does GOG Galaxy.
The client won't upload any more of your information than is necessary to function. For example, we will never scan more of your hard drive than you tell us to, and when we track your game-time, we will never upload the names of your system processes, let alone anything else. We save your playtime only. If you let us.
We won't disable the GOG downloader on launch day, but we will no longer actively support it. The downloader may be affected as we continue updating our infrastructure, but we don't plan to disable it intentionally.
A Linux version of our client is planned eventually, but we don't have an expected release date right now. Stay tuned for future announcements!
If you like to tinker, feel free to start building your own features or even entire clients compatible with GOG Galaxy, assuming you can figure things out right now. We won't actively work against attempts to improve the GOG Galaxy experience, although we can't promise not to break anything as we continue to develop our own tools and infrastructure.
You can add your installed games to the Client. Games installed with our newer installers (available on the website for a few months now) will be detected automatically, older installations will require you to add the game manually.
Cross-play doesn't require any setup or configuration. Steam users won't need to create GOG.com accounts or install GOG Galaxy, while GOG.com users won't need to create Steam accounts. Just log in, launch your game, and start playing online!
GOG Galaxy is fully optional because you don’t need it to play games on GOG.com. If you want to, you can simply download your game via your browser, install it manually, and launch it offline, just like we've always done it on GOG.com. If you decide to use GOG Galaxy for some aspects of the convenience, you can still switch to offline mode at whim and play your games. Optional also means that all features in GOG Galaxy can be turned off. Not a fan of achievements or auto-updates? No problem, they're extras.