Every game developer and publisher seem to be starting up their own PC game stores these days. Beyond just Epic and Steam, Activision, Ubisoft, EA, and Bethesda have all decided to launch games exclusively for their own launchers. CD Projekt Red's GOG is looking to capitalize on this great fracture by uniting all PC games under one roof, theirs.
GOG Galaxy 2.0 is a planned update to GOG's launcher and will allow players to import all the games in their PC into one master collection. Whereas Steam and other services have offered the option to collate PC games under one launcher before, GOG Galaxy 2.0 is also promising additional features like keeping track of achievements, and playtime hours across platforms.
This is a pretty killer feature for PC gamers interested in keeping track of their combined stats. And while you can't play console games on your PC, Galaxy 2.0 will allow you to add your Xbox Live and PSN accounts to keep track of all your digital games in one library. This is a pretty big challenge, so we reached out to GOG to ask if they were worried about restrictions placed by other platform holders.
"Our goal is to have official integrations for all major gaming platforms. And with such official integrations, we want them to be supported by respective platform holders, and make sure they're in-line with partners' policies and that they're safe," a GOG representative said in a statement.
GOG Galaxy 2.0 looks to solve a thoroughly contemporary problem, which is the fracturing digital PC marketplace. With the new GOG storefront, players can also keep track of their friends with leaderboards, activities, friends list, and even cross-platform chat.
GOG is also adamant that no data will be mishandled in all of this despite the data players will hand over as far as their gaming habits go. The company says it is not spying, sharing data, or any pursue any other privacy risks, but we'll have to verify this at launch.
On the one hand, this all sounds good for PC players exasperated by the multi-launcher problem. On the other hand, this is GOG's way of swooping into the competitive PC market as a one-stop social hub. So, if proponents of Steam really value Valve's storefront for its unique features, it could be difficult to sway them to GOG.
GOG Galaxy 2.0 is currently in-development and players can sign up for the beta right now. GOG says Galaxy 2.0 will launch on Windows and Mac but didn't comment on whether Galaxy 2.0 will come to Linux when we asked if it would be supported.