As predicted, the "closing" of digital distribution service Good Old Games (GOG) was merely a marketing stunt to prepare gamers for the service's official launch. Previously the website was taken down and replaced with a message from the team announcing that it could no longer continue in its present state. GOG had actually been labeled as "beta" since it was launched by CD Projekt back in 2008.
But the supposed "closure" was somewhat abrupt and left many disappointed and wondering if the service was down for the count. However now the message has been replaced with a strange apology from the team. "First of all we would like to apologize everyone who felt deceived or harmed in any way by us closing down GOG.com without any warning and without giving access to your games," the site current reads. "We apologize for that from the bottom of our hearts!"
Now it's a question of whether previous consumers will even return given the nature of its previous "closure." As Neoseeker reports, the halt in service was partially a prank, and partially due to a limited marketing budget. The team is already aware that work needs to be done to regain consumer trust.
So what doesl the new GOG offer? A virtual conference held by CD Projekt revealed a new design, new features, and the upcoming release of Baldur's Gate for $9.99--complete with the expansion and extra content. Other RPGs with the Dungeons & Dragons license will be arriving to the DRM-free platform as well. To learn more, check out the two videos listed on GOG's front page (one of which appears below).