This post has been updated.
Bethesda Softworks just let Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion onto GoodOldGames to be bought and played without any DRM. This is a surprising addition to a trend Electronic Arts evoked last year — that of blockbuster games from the previous console generation becoming old enough to be considered “Good Old.” What could be next?
More specifically, games like these, the first Dead Space, Dragon Age Origins, the first Mirror’s Edge, some of the Saints Row games, and the first Crysis are now considered old enough by their publishers to no longer be locked to services like Steam or Origin. A whole new era of gaming might be finding its way to GOG. GOG hasn’t been strictly about old games for a while, but it’s still mostly a store for classic games and indie games. The big publishers obviously don’t want to sell their recent games without DRM, but the aforementioned additions represent the most recent AAA games to show up on GOG. These are games that generally came out between 2007 and 2010, where big publishers are mostly only willing to let GOG sell their pre-2005 games.
Ubisoft actually put a few of its relatively recent games on GOG years ago. The original Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry 2, and the 2008 Prince of Persia showed up on GOG when they were still fairly current. Rayman Origins practically debuted on GOG alongside the Steam and console releases. I think those were all games that for whatever reason Ubisoft never intended to release with DRM anywhere (the Steam versions of those games can be booted up without Steam).
What if Ubisoft returned with more after seeing what EA, Deep Silver, and Bethesda are doing? I could certainly see Assassin’s Creed II appearing on GOG, if not all three “Ezio” games. Maybe the Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter games, Splinter Cell Conviction, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, or Silent Hunter 5 off the top of my head. Going a little further back, I actually struggle to understand why Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory isn’t on GOG.
Looking at EA, I fully expect the first Mass Effect to appear on GOG, probably being its next big release there. Command & Conquer? Battlefield: Bad Company 2?
These are just my guesses based on those publishers. Deep Silver has pretty much committed everything I think it currently would to GOG. The same goes for Bethesda games released during the time period these games are coming from. It’s hard to say what other major publishers are even thinking of bringing their seven-to-10-year-old games to GOG.
A gaping hole in the store’s library for instance are Japanese games. There are a few like Nihon Falcom games and a version of Street Fighter Alpha 2 I think, but I doubt we’ll see much of anything from Capcom or Konami or anybody like that soon. That includes Square Enix’s Japanese games. Those publishers are just now getting around to releasing their games on PC at all, so it’s probably another leap to get them to acquiesce to selling the likes of Final Fantasy or Resident Evil without DRM.
06/05/2017 Update: Right after I posted this, Capcom dropped Dragon’s Dogma on GOG. That’s a surprise to me. I think that opens the door for any game Capcom released on PC that was originally made before around 2013. Most of all that probably raises the possibility for stuff like Resident Evil 0, the remake of the original Resident Evil, and Resident Evil 4 to appear on GOG. Probably also RE5 and 6. Maybe we’re also looking at Dead Rising, Devil May Cry, or Lost Planet.
- An update on Consortium: The Tower: https://www.pcgamesn.com/consortium-the-tower/consortium-the-tower-gameplay-trailer-commander-shepard
- Interesting article on the potential of settings like what Ubisoft is doing with Far Cry 5: https://mic.com/articles/178583/far-cry-5-can-t-ignore-the-real-darkness-lurking-in-rural-america#.fiPDujdo6
- Article on the fall of Mad Catz: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2017-06-01-what-went-wrong-at-mad-catz
- “Nerd Confessional”: https://blackgirlnerds.com/nerd-confessional-revelations-get-nerd-card-revoked/
- “Dear Black Nerdy Alternative Teens”: http://dlvr.it/PHrtMY
- Interesting-looking Chinese console game: https://t.co/uadf29jf0Z
- An update on A.N.NE: https://t.co/KjErllFFAQ
- A suggestion that MMOs need politics: https://venturebeat.com/2017/05/31/law-professor-lawrence-lessig-vast-online-games-need-a-political-structure/
- A free PvP FPS from the makers of Arma is coming: https://www.pcgamesn.com/argo/argo-release-date
- Another blog from the makers of Amnesia: http://frictionalgames.blogspot.com/2017/05/planning-core-reason-why-gameplay-feels.html?m=1
- Best forum post I’ve ever read on the question “What happened to anime?” http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=238269135&postcount=89