Gamers who like their PC classics will be upset to hear that digital download site Good Old Games has unexpectedly shut down. There has been not been a full explanation as to why the site has suddenly closed but there is speculation that the site will return out of its ‘Beta phase’. A statement was posted on the GoG site partly explaining why the site has been yanked offline.
“We have recently had to give serious thought to whether we could really keep GOG.com the way it is. We’ve debated on it for quite some time and, unfortunately, we’ve decided that GOG.com simply cannot remain in its current form.
We’re very grateful for all support we’ve received from all of you in the past two years. Working on GOG.com was a great adventure for all of us and an unforgettable journey to the past, through the long and wonderful history of PC gaming.
This doesn’t mean the idea behind GOG.com is gone forever. We’re closing down the service and putting this era behind us as new challenges await.”
Reading between the lines, it appears the site will return in one form or another, perhaps with a new new owner which could be a publisher, or a DRM model is geing added.
The other option is that the site is coming out of its Beta phase, and if that is the case, ths notice posted on the site doesn’t exactly reflect the site’s status but instead paints a picture of doom and gloom.
Gamers who have purchased games via GoG can obviously not download them at the moment but GoG do say that a system will be put in place this week to make the downloads available.
It is likely we will hear more about GoG’s future later next week and further details are expected from the management later today.