CD Projekt’s digital distribution platform GOG Galaxy will soon leave beta and update to version 1.2. Normally, such an event would not be cause for celebration, but the update’s prominent features, including much-awaited cloud saves, beg to differ.
CD Projekt touts GOG Galaxy as a rival to bigger digital distribution platforms, including Steam, Origin, and Uplay. Unlike those platforms, games offered through GOG Galaxy are DRM-free (i.e., players don’t actually have to download the GOG Galaxy client to play games they purchase on the GOG website) and come with numerous extras. For example, people who buy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Steam or Origin also receive artwork, the game soundtrack, a digital art book, premium wallpapers, and a digital map of the game world. The GOG Galaxy version of The Witcher 3 offers all of the above in addition to papercraft toys, a compendium of The Witcher universe, HD Videos, avatars, and a digital comic book. While Galaxy’s extras might tempt some gamers, the platform currently lacks various features some PC gamers find necessary, such as cloud saves. However, GOG Galaxy version 1.2 aims to rectify this problem.
The highlight of GOG Galaxy version 1.2 is its universal cloud saves. Most Steam, Origin, and Uplay games come with cloud save functionality, but many older games, such as the Legacy of Kain franchise and Shadow Man, and some modern titles, including Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, lack this feature. CD Projekt promises that GOG Galaxy’s cloud service will apply to all games available on the platform, without exception. Yes, even games that predate the internet.
GOG Galaxy 1.2 will also provide various smaller features, some of which are not available in other digital distribution platforms. These features include but are not limited to:
- An in-game overlay
- A bandwidth limiter and scheduler to decrease download speeds when gamers want to download or upload more pertinent files
- A new chat service
- A screenshot capture function
- Desktop notifications
- The ability to know the rarity of various achievements
- An FPS counter
- A new settings window
- A hibernation mode that limits GOG Galaxy’s CPU usage when idle or during gameplay
- The ability to activate and deactivate various features to customize each player’s experience
The GOG Galaxy version 1.2 update is scheduled to launch sometime in April.