The people behind GOG.com and the GOG Galaxy launcher have revealed something that they seem to have been working on for a while. Namely, they have unveiled a new version of the GOG Galaxy launcher, which is currently open for beta sign-ups, in case you wanna get participate and get in on the action early. There’s a ton of features that they promise, and honestly, it sounds fairly impressive. I admit, they’re my favorite PC launcher as is, but it seems they’re gonna make it even better. Now, let’s dive straight into the promised features, without further ado.
First off, the game library. You’ll be able to import “all your games from PC and consoles, build and organize them into one master collection.” No matter the platform, you’ll be able to install and play any PC game you own. You’ll get to keep track of games owned, achievements, and hours played. When it comes to organizing your library, you’ll have access to “filtering, sorting, tagging, and adding your own visuals like game backgrounds or covers.” And, of course, there’s following upcoming releases and whatever might be popular among your friends on the platform.
Speaking of friends, GOG Galaxy 2.0 promises to have similar cross-platform features in that avenue as with the game library. No matter which platform your friends are on, you’ll be able to see their online status, as well as chat with them. Not only that, but you can track their “achievements, game time milestones and recently played games,” all cross-platform.
Next up, privacy. Based on the press release we got, GOG Galaxy is probably the safest launcher you can use, when it comes to privacy. They promise to never share your data with third parties, which is a wonderful start. They also say that they won’t be spying on the data from your computer. And, lastly, it seems that you will be able to delete imported games and friends data from their servers “with a single click.” Damn good stuff right there.
Now, when it comes to the launcher itself, it is, obviously, the best way to keep up with updates and other stuff regarding your GOG games (which, may I remind you, are DRM-free). It offers features such as “cloud saving, in-game overlay, multiplayer & matchmaking, rollbacks and more.” Most importantly, though, and I can’t stress enough how big of a plus this is for Galaxy in my opinion: you don’t have to use the client to play your GOG games.
So, that’s a brief overview of what we can expect to see from GOG Galaxy 2.0; or, at least, in the beta. There’s a couple more things, but I’d say this is plenty to sell you on the concept of GOG Galaxy, in case you’re not using it already. If this stuff sounds enticing to you, and you feel like signing up, or you want more info, head over to the GOG Galaxy website. I, for one, might just opt in. This stuff sounds pretty dang handy, to say the least.