This. I was wondering who would do this first. The very idea of being able to tie all of my various PC libraries together in one place is marvelous, and I figured it was only a matter of time before one of the larger platforms took a swing. This is admittedly so much more ambitious than that, though.
See, Steam already has the ability to launch non-steam games and programs. In fact, I launch FFXIV through Steam despite not actually owning the Steam version of the game. I’ve also experimented with launching EA games exclusive to the Origin platform through Steam as well, though that was part of monkeying with a Steam controller too.
What GoG is promising, though, is much more than that. They’re wanting to do cross-platform libraries, achievements, friends list, and chat. Those last two are shown as (Soon) so who knows when we’ll actually see them, but it’s a bold move. Also one I’m happy to see.
While I dislike having multiple distribution platforms, I can see part of its advantage. It creates a sort of “brand identity.” I’m more aware of which games are made/published by a specific company based on which platform it’s available on. There are downsides, of course.
When I’m busy playing something on Origin, I may miss an opportunity to play with a friend on Steam. Part of this is because their overlays don’t like each other very much. Of course, this gap can be filled by other platforms as well, like Discord, which allows me to not only communicate regardless of game/platform, but sort-of has it’s own store/library thing that I keep forgetting about.
So maybe it isn’t all that revolutionary in function so much as in rounding all that up in one place. I regard GoG reasonably well, I’ve just started avoiding them because they weren’t very multiplayer friendly.
Their beta page, though, lists multiplayer and matchmaking as one of the features.
GOG GALAXY-powered multiplayer games offer matchmaking and online play.
Of course, the real question becomes a matter of cross-platform multiplayer. If I cannot buy a copy on GoG and play with a friend on Steam, then that feature would be of lesser value.
Another feature I’m looking forward to is the ability to sort and categorize my library. It’s been a while since I tried to do it in Steam, but it was pretty clunky and I didn’t find it worth the required effort.
Still, it’s a wonderful step in the right direction, and I will eagerly await my ability to see it. I did sign up for the beta, so if and when I get a chance to poke around I’m sure I’ll be talking about it.
I did something different with all these images, so let me know what you think. Did it work? Not work? Hate it? Love it? Looking for some feedback and wanting to make sure it appears the way it’s intended to.