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Post by Dan @ 11:38am 24/02/14 | 11 Comments
Online game distribution platform GOG has long prided itself on offering its entire catalogue DRM-free and with a single price for all games regardless of where in the world you're connecting from. Unfortunately it looks like they've had to compromise on the latter benefit in order to convince a large publisher to release some upcoming games on its service while keeping it free of copy protection.

A statement published on the GOG news blog stopped short of naming the upcoming games, only to say that they were "3 big titles", "two RPGs and a strategy game", that they "think will be hits with all of our gamers" (thanks VG247).
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 GOG.com, 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 GOG.com 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 GOG.com. We need more games, devs, and publishers on board to make DRM-Free gaming something that's standard for all of the gaming world!
Publisher Ubisoft has previously made several titles available on GOG, including Assassin's Creed, Heroes and Might and Magic and the original Assassin's Creed, but those were all at least serveral years old when they made their way onto the DRM-free service. Regionalised pricing notwithstanding, a major publisher launching a new release game DRM-free is still a reasonably big deal.

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Posted 11:51am 24/2/14
read title as "3 big titties", entered thread, left dissapointed.
Posted 12:05pm 24/2/14
The Witcher 3 for sure is one of them.

Posted 12:19pm 24/2/14
read title as "3 big titties", entered thread, left dissapointed.

hahaha so did i
Posted 12:46pm 24/2/14
The Witcher 3 for sure is one of them.
They had already previously confirmed The Witcher 3 launching GOG, so I don't think that would be part of this tease.

WB is distributing Witcher 3 in North America, and Bandai Namco in Australia, so perhaps its some other upcoming games from one of those, but neither really do strategy games, so *shrug*. There was nothing saying it's all from one publisher, so maybe it's several of the middle-sized Euro publishers.
Posted 12:53pm 24/2/14
read title as "3 big titties", entered thread, left dissapointed.

I'll buy that for a dollar*!

Nerf Stormborn
Posted 01:03pm 24/2/14
Dragon Age 3?...
Posted 01:49pm 24/2/14
So, they need to do this to get the games up without DRM, eh?

Hah, isn't it ironic that this will drive people to DRM versions as keysites are so easy to use to circumvent regional pricing!?

A little too ironic ... I really do think.

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Posted 02:13pm 24/2/14

Wouldn't be so sure about that. It looking like Steam is starting to tighten the belt on regional key trading http://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/1yg3d3/steam_adds_allowcrossregiontradingandgifting_tag/

Posted 04:00pm 24/2/14
Cyberpunk 2077 would be one of the other RPG games.

I was thinking the RTS Might be Planetary Annihilation, but is CD Projekt Red working on an RTS?
Posted 05:50pm 24/2/14
Cyberpunk 2077 would be one of the other RPG games.

I doubt it, that game is still years away from release.
Posted 09:15pm 24/2/14
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