In a surprise Sunday announcement, Good Old Games has been shut down by Polish publisher CD Projekt.
Good Old Games, or GOG.com, was an online store which specialised in selling retro games which had been patched up to run on modern systems for a nominal fee. Titles ranged from Gabriel Knight
, all of which were available for less than $9.99 USD.
CD Projekt, which is also the publisher of The Witcher
series of games, hasn't given a reason for the surprise closure but tweets from staff suggest that the lack of DRM was making it difficult to please developers and publishers.
Good Old Games had been running for two years and, while it's unclear if the store will later re-emerge in a new form, CD Projekt has said that it has "decided that GOG.com simply cannot remain in its current form
", according to a statement on the site.
"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.
If you've bought games from GOG.com in the past, then fear not. The GOG team promises to have a system online soon that will allow customers to redownload their titles.
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UPDATE: It's rumoured that the 'closure' of GOG.com is merely a marketing stunt, intended to mark the move of Good Old Games from it's two-year long beta into full release. According to rumours the new system that CD Projekt is planning to bring about is a standalone client. We've contacted GOG for comment and will update further as we can.
CD Projekt's official position is that it will have more to say later today. The publisher has also confirmed that Good Old Games has not been totally shut down and that work is on-going.
[i]Thanks to DragonuvHUV for the tip!