GOG Galaxy 2.0 closed beta launched, invites will come in waves

CD Projekt announced GOG Galaxy 2.0 last month, in the midst of a time where tensions and emotions are running high concerning PC gaming clients and launchers. The idea of a unified library for all our games is very attractive in the current landscape of digital distribution. Just how many launchers are there these days? Steam, Battlenet, Origin, Uplay, Discord, Kartridge, and, more recently, the Epic Games Store. There’s been no shortage of outrage and controversy surrounding the last one. Most PC gamers don’t have a problem with multiple storefronts, but do we really need half a dozen clients?

That’s where GOG Galaxy 2.0 comes in, with its mission to “combine all your games into one library and connect with your friends across all gaming platforms.” Well, the closed beta begins today, and the first wave of invites is out, with more coming soon.

GOG Galaxy 2.0 Interface

GOG Universe

What is even more impressive is that the client will include even consoles, not just PC games. Obviously, you will not be able to run those games through the client. But you can at least use it to keep track of your achievements, hours played, and games owned, all combined across platforms. It remains to be seen how the integration with all these platforms and launchers will work, and it might feel herding cats at first. That said, CD Projekt does have a powerful ally in Microsoft.

It’s worth checking out the full pitch for GOG Galaxy 2.0 on the official website. Then you can decide whether you want to sign up for the beta or not, if you haven’t already. Have you done so, or do you think you will? Let us know in the comments, especially if you do find yourselves selected to participate in it — we’d love to hear all your thoughts on it!

Richard Costa
Hack for hire, indentured egghead, maverick thoughtcriminal. Mainly interested in Western RPGs, first-person immersion, turn-based tactics, point-and-clickers, and card jousting. I backed the System Shock remake and Underworld Ascendant on Kickstarter, and I really regret the latter but hope the former will turn out okay.

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