Cyberpunk 2077 – the hotly-anticipated game, based on tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2020, currently in development by The Witcher 3 makers CD Projekt RED – has already been proclaimed as “far bigger than anything else that CD Projekt RED has done before,” and a recent sales call by the company suggests that the game is set to be even larger than anticipated.
During its 2015 financial results conference, CD Projekt RED President Adam Kiciński and Studio Head Adam Badowski discussed the on-going development of Cyberpunk 2077 and, while Badowski confessed that the studio was “a long ways away from the premiere” of the game, he revealed that it is set to be “even better, even bigger, even more revolutionary” than initially planned (translation courtesy of DualShockers).
To facilitate the magnitude of the task, CD Projeckt RED has announced that it is to more than double the size of its development team. In a press release, the company said:
“The Witcher 3 set the bar high and provided a reference point for our future growth. We continue to develop and strengthen global brands by exploiting our proprietary technologies and drawing upon our accumulated know-how. Our team of experienced, talented and passionate professionals is fully capable of creating a videogame from scratch – starting with a fresh concept, then proceeding with development and marketing activities, and finalizing the project with global distribution. Thanks to GOG Galaxy, GOG.com is also opening a new chapter in its history.”
CD Projeckt RED reported revenues of 798 million PLN (£146m) and profits of 342.4 million PLN (£62.6m)
Dying Light features you playing in the city of Haran, overrun by zombies, with a few safe havens separating the masses from the threat. In order to stay alive ‘runners’ do just as they are called, run. Running to and from drops with supplies and a preventative measure that helps those infected, users need to use every weapon and tool they can make and find in order to traverse the cityscape and survive the night. If that sounds like your cup of tea you can now find the Dying Light The Following on Good Old Games (GOG).
GOG is known for providing DRM (data right management) free games, removing the “online” required status that comes with many games (including some single player games). If you were worried that the four player co-op feature of Dying Light is lost if you get the game through GOG, do not fret. The multiplayer features of Dying Light will be available through GOG Galaxy, the new multiplayer system that GOG hopes will keep some of their more dated games viable for multiplayer well after the original servers and systems are offline.
If you were worried that the four player co-op feature of Dying Light is lost if you get the game through GOG, do not fret. The multiplayer features of Dying Light will be available through GOG Galaxy, the new multiplayer system that GOG hopes will keep some of their more dated games viable for multiplayer well after the original servers and systems are offline.
Featuring the basic game, the Following expansion and not one but four DLC’s including the Bozak Horde game mode, the game looks to promise you everything you need without shackles. For a limited time, the game also has 17% off, giving you the whole bundle for just £33.29.
CD Projeckt RED has released the 1.12 patch for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, fixing many of the issues reported with the Hearts of Stone expansion. The patch weighs in at 1.4GB and is available now via Steam and GOG.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Patch 1.12 Changelog:
Hearts of Stone
Fixes issue whereby achievement titled Wild Rose Dethorned could not be completed.
Fixes interaction on pickaxe in quest titled Enchanting: Quality Has Its Price.
Fixes issue (in majority of contexts) whereby not all diagrams could be collected in quest titled From Ofier’s Distant Shores.
Fixes rare issue whereby some players were prevented from spreading smoke throughout all rooms in crypt during quest titled Dead Man’s Party.
Fixes issue whereby book merchant named Marcus T.K. Hodgson failed to appear in market square in Novigrad.
Fixes rare issue whereby some Knights of the Flaming Rose in quest titled Open Sesame! in Hearts of Stone expansion could not be killed.
Introduces a number of improvements to general game performance.
Fixes issue whereby treasure hunt titled The Drakenborg Redemption remained in Journal despite completion of all objectives.
Fixes issue whereby swapping of enchanted gear within Inventory granted permanent bonuses to statistics.
Fixes issue whereby treasure hunt titled The Royal Air Force remained in Journal despite completion of all objectives.
Fixes issue whereby players could not eavesdrop on guards during quest titled Witcher Seasonings in Hearts of Stone expansion.
Fixes issue whereby some players could not talk to Shani at certain juncture of quest titled Dead Man’s Party in Hearts of Stone expansion.
Introduces a series of minor difficulty balance tweaks at all difficulty levels in Hearts of Stone expansion.
Fixes rare issue whereby inebriation effect would persist on screen after quest titled Dead Man’s Party in Hearts of Stone expansion.
Fixes issue whereby phase titled Enchanting: Start-up Costs would remain in Journal after Enchanter was paid relevant amount.
Fixes incorrect Stamina bonus granted for Caparison of Lament in New Game + mode.
Fixes incorrect mesh appearing on Viper School swords in New Game + mode.
Fixes previously unlootable container within Kaer Morhen watchtower during quest titled Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear.
Fixes rare issue whereby a doll could not be picked up in quest titled Where the Cat and Wolf Play.
Fixes specific user’s issue with werewolf in quest titled Contract: Skellige’s Most Wanted.
Fixes issue whereby some toxic gas clouds failed to poison or deal damage to player character.
Fixes issue whereby scabbard meshes were missing from witchers other than Geralt.
Fixes rare issue whereby attacks performed near friendly NPCs resulted in unintended regeneration of Stamina.
GOG’s Interplay sale is generating a lot of heat; not because of the games included – MDK, Messiah, Stonekeep, and Lionheart all feature – but rather due to one missing name. First-person space shooter Descent (and its sequel) have been pulled from the sale due a dispute over its ownership.
According to a post on the GOG forum, the games’ copyright still belongs to developer Parallax Software. While Interplay, as the publisher of the two titles, still has the rights to sell them, but has failed to pay any royalties to Parallax since 2007, despite Descent and Descent II being available for purchase through both GOG and Steam during that period.
Matt Toschlog and Mike Kulas of Parallax Software wrote on the GOG forum:
Hey, Folks. Here’s the story.
Parallax Software still exists and still owns the copyrights to the Descent games. Under our 21-year-old agreement, Interplay has the exclusive rights to sell Descent and Descent II, and they have been doing so on Good Old Games and Steam.
The problem is that Interplay has not paid to Parallax any royalties since 2007. We’ve talked to them about this numerous times over the years, and finally took action this fall. We served Interplay official notice that they were in breach of the contract, and when they still failed to pay we terminated the agreement.
This means that Interplay has lost the right to sell the Descent games, which is why they came down from GOG. (We’re not sure why they’re still on Steam; they shouldn’t be.)
Interplay does, however, still own the Descent trademark, which they are free to use or license as they see fit (such as for Descent: Underground) as long as they don’t violate our copyrights.
As for whether Descent and Descent II will be available for purchase again, we hope so. We’d be very happy to work things out with Interplay.
While the dispute over royalties between Interplay and Parallax continues, GOG has pulled the game from sale.
Another season, another sale. Every holiday we are greeted by an onslaught of sales with Steam’s beginning on the 23rd, but it is no way the first with GOG already starting their Christmas sale.
First up is their free game, Bio Menace. Featuring a CIA agent he battles mutants and monsters in a 2D scrolling shooter with clear influence from Duke Nukem, what with big guns and over the top violence, or is that just a few signs of a good game?
In case that isn’t enough for you then why not have a look at the 75% off the entire Bethesda catalog? Relieve some of the classics such as Quake or the original Fallout for as little as £1.69, of course, these are all DRM free as is everything from the GOG store. Feel like something a tiny bit more modern? Why not try the precursor to Oblivion and Skyrim, with the Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind for only £5.09 for the game of the year edition.
Feel like something a little less fantasy, why not try Return to Castle Wolfenstein for £1.69. If this isn’t enough, get a free copy of The Elder Scrolls: Arena and The Elder Scrolls Chapter II: Daggerfall with any purchase from the Bethesda catalog.
Today sees the launch of GOG.com’s Big Winter Sale, offering over 500 games for up to 90% off, and mystery games worth between $9.99 and $34.99 being sold for £1.99/$3; these mystery games are not included in the regular sale, and any games already owned the customer (via GOG) will be excluded.
The first wave of the sale includes some big bundles, available for the next 48 hours. The packages include:
Star Wars Blaster Bundle (Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition, Star Wars: TIE Fighter Special Edition, Star Wars: X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter, Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Saga, Star Wars Rebellion, Star Wars: Rebel Assault, and Star Wars: Rebel Assault 2) – £19.32 [60% off]
Star Wars Saber Bundle (Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Star Wars Republic Commando, Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy, Star Wars: Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack, Star Wars Starfighter, and Star Wars Battlefront II) – £15.60 [76% off]
Lucasarts Classics (Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb, Sam & Max Hit the Road, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge, The Dig, Loom, Afterlife, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, and Outlaws + A Handful of Missions) – £11.30 [75% off]
Other sale highlights include The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (50% off), Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition (33% off), Kerbal Space Program (40% off), STASIS (50% off), and Metro 2033 Redux & Last Light Redux (75% off).
Following its successful Halloween sale, GOG.com has launched its Fall (or Autumn, to us Brits) sale, with up to 90% off hundreds of recent and classic games, plus some tasty freebies for those who hit spending thresholds. Over 350 titles are on sale, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Grim Fandango Remastered, and Pillars of Eternity all available at bargain prices.
Highlights of the sale include:
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (30% off): £34.99
Pillars of Eternity – Hero Edition (50% off): £17.49
Age of Wonders III – Deluxe Edition (75% off): £6.79
Elder Scrolls Classics [Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire, and Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard] (66% off): £7.57
Saints Row The Third – The Full Package (75% off): £2.49
Grim Fandango Remastered (66% off): £3.39
Jade Empire – Special Edition (80%): £1.99
Stasis (40% off): £11.39
Broken Age – Season Pass (75% off): £4.79
New ‘n’ Tasty! Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (49% off): £7.59
Beyond Good and Evil (74% off): £1.69
As an added bonus, for the rest of today, if you spend £3.29 you get System Shock 2 absolutely free. Exceed £9.79 or £19.49, and you receive free copies of Chronicles of Riddick and Banished, respectively. The free games available will rotate every day during the sale.
Halloween is less than a week away and with sales and GOG are no stranger to sales and deals. For less than 4 days games are available for up to 80% off, so why not see if any of the following catch your interest.
So what could be scarier than being a news reporter and having to go to strange new places and find out all those deep dark secrets? How about when you get a tip, you only have to follow up right? What about when that place is a locked up mental asylum?
Outlast sees you follow out this tale in a stealth based game utilizing parkour, based on real asylums and criminal insanity. At £3.29 for the base game, and a further £1.49 for the expansion you can grab the full bundle for less than £5 and it’s well worth the experience.
The dark is a mysterious thing, it can be both intriguing and at the same time it can also make you jump and hear your heart beat through your ears. For £6.68 for the series or £4.99 for Alex Wake, and £1.69 for the American Nightmare, why not try scaring off the shadows and experiencing a story that will grip you till you leave.
Tired of paying full retail price for your games or waiting for the Steam Sale to roll around, only to find that most of the games that are on offer were the same games as the last sale? Well then, we’ve got a great guide to PC games deals for you, which could save you a small fortune and help you enjoy the latest games much sooner and for much less. Of course, there’s Steam, Origin and uPlay to pick from, but surely there are even more alternatives?
CD Keys are one of the most popular key reselling websites around and one of my own personal favourites having picked up a few great deals there over the last few months alone. Even better, the site lists more than just PC games and often has a 5% discount code available for liking their Facebook Page. Their stock updates quite a lot, so if your game isn’t on there, check back every day or so to see if it has become available. They even provide codes from various platforms such as Steam, Battle.net, GOG and uPlay, to name a few.
If you haven’t heard of this one, you’ve had your head under a rock for quite some time. Humble Bundle offers up some great gaming bundles, some lasting days, weeks and some that as just a few hours via their Humble Bundles pages, as well as the ever-growing Humble Store. Most of the keys are steam, but often you’ll also find mobile and other platform keys too. The bundles are mostly pay what you want, allowing for some seriously cheap deals, while their store relies on fixed prices, with regular discounts on popular titles.
That’s right, another bundle store, one that has been quickly growing on my radar and offering up better and better games at increasingly tempting prices. Humble Bundle may get a lot of the fame, but this one is certainly worth keeping on your bookmarks, as it offers some very wallet friendly gaming deals.
Don’t be fooled by the name, Good Old Games may offer a huge range of classic PC gaming titles, re-tweaked to ensure they run on modern operating systems, but they’re no stranger to new games either, such as The Witcher 3 which is proud to call GOG its home. The prices aren’t always the best on new games, but the older titles are an absolute steal and worth digging through. The best feature of GOG, however, is that all the games they sell there are DRM free, something that’s not to be sniffed at in today’s often heavily DRM-focused market.
Gamesgate has years of history behind them, offering a wide range of gaming deals. It’s rarely the best-priced store, but when you’re shopping around, it’s always worth checking all the big deal sites as this one may be the winner for you. there’s plenty of regular discounts, as well as a range of games new and old that you may not find on other sites.
This is easily one of the most popular key reselling websites, with a solid reputation behind their name that’s made them one of the best-known game sites around. The thing that makes them the most attractive, is their regular deals, massive discounts and sales, often seeing titles reduced by as much as 95%. They also tend to do great deals around the time of Steam Sales, helping taking some of the wind out of Valve in those busy game buying periods.
First-person sci-fi horror classic System Shock is now available on GOG.com in the form of the Enhanced Edition. The influential game, the spiritual predecessor to the BioShock series, has been polished and refined by Night Dive Studios, which is well-practiced at updating classic games for modern PCs, having been responsible for the re-release of its sequel System Shock 2 two years ago, and is currently remastering Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil.
Stephen Kick, CEO of Night Drive Studios, said, “With System Shock: Enhanced Edition, we’re implementing game-changing improvements, including mouselook, widescreen, and a high resolution display mode. The classic game has never been more accessible to a modern audience.”
“The re-release supports resolutions up to 1024×768 (compared to the original 640×480), and a native 854×480 widescreen mode. Gameplay was also streamlined with a toggleable mouselook mode, including more intuitive inventory and item management. Combined with assorted bug-fixes and remappable controls, System Shock is now truly enhanced.
“Some gaming experiences are truly worth preserving. Gamers can also return to the authentic 90’s gameplay with System Shock: Classic – ready for modern systems, completely unaltered in all other aspects. Both releases are available in a single package, with a 40% discount for all System Shock 2 owners on GOG.com – and 20% off for everyone. The discounted offer will last until Tuesday, September 29, 6:59 AM GMT.”
System Shock: Enhanced Edition is available now, DRM-free, from GOG, priced £5.29/$7.99.
Every year we make the same promises; “This year I will do more exercise”, “This year I will eat more healthily”, “This year I will go jogging”. If you enjoy buying and playing your games on your PC though, it’s a little different. Every year you say “I will play all my games which I haven’t completed”, and then the sales start!
Already well into its sales GOG.com offers video games without DRM (digital rights management), letting you download and play your games without any programs running in the background. With games like The Witcher 3 selling for $68.79 (around £44.38) while also offering $14.80 (£9.55) off any future purchases thanks to their regional price difference promise, people are quickly buying up copies of everything from the original Neverwinter Nights Series (D&D on PC, if you enjoy fantasy games check them out) and Spelunky (Indiana Jones like adventures with random level creation) deals are coming fast.
Add to that the Steam sale, an infamous event among its users, with flash sales changing every 12 hours and 24 hour deals knocking off large costs from games like Metro Redux (The bundle containing Metro 2033 and Last Light is only £6.79) and the Naruto Ninja Storm Revolution (£13.59), the will to save your money will change to grabbing the best deals!.
The questions are now changing. No longer do we ask “should I buy this?”. Instead, we ask “can people stop crashing their website I want to buy something!”
Enjoy the games and share any good deals and sales in the comments below!
The wonderful online digital game store Good Old Games (GOG) is launching its own digital game distribution platform to rival Steam and EA’s Origin. GOG Galaxy goes live today, and a beta version of the client is available for download here. The standalone client shares much in common with Steam, Origin, and other rival platforms, offering achievements and friends lists, but GOG’s unique selling point is a firm stance against DRM.
GOG’s press release reads:
GOG Galaxy features one-click installation and auto-updates for its library of over 1000 titles, but it also stays true to GOG.com values: it’s all optional. Automatic updating can be disabled for any game; but if you leave it on and a patch breaks something, GOG Galaxy will offer its rollback feature to restore a previous version of the game. Gamers can also download a standalone, DRM-free backup copy of every game, so keeping purchases safe is easier than ever.
GOG can be taken at its word on this: the creators, associated with CD Projekt Red, developer of the Witcher games, are famously anti-DRM. GOG Galaxy sounds like the real deal, offering GOG’s impressive catalogue of games, and will be welcome competition to market leader Steam.
Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information.
GOG.com is probably one of the biggest platforms that support DRM-free games and they do that because they believe this is the right way to do things. We’ve also seen several examples of how wrong DRM can go recently with the shutdown of both GameSpy and Games for Windows. The end effect for both is the same, you end up with games that you can’t play anymore.
GOG has started a new initiative to help with just these issues and the first game to be supported is S.T.A.L.K.E.R.. If you bought the retail version of the game and find yourself unable to play it now due to a non-working DRM, then GOG gives you a free new version that’s DRM-free. The company revealed this in a blog post and you can claim your DRM-free version on this page by entering the retail key.
The offer applies to the three worldwide editions as well as three CIS and Rusian only versions
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Mount & Blade: Warband
Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword
Thanks to GOG for providing us with this information
GOG.com, a website famous for its DRM-Free content, has its big winter sale on at the moment, with only 20 hours before it’s over. There are some massive savings on bundles covering a whole host of popular titles.
For instance, you can get “The Ultimate D&D Collection” for just £13.70 instead of £67.80 – that’s 80% off! Prince of Persia 1-4 is going for a mere £6.36 – 75% off. You can get the Rayman series for £6.16 and a collection of some of the best flight sims for £4.16.
There’s also some offers on individual games too – there’s 80% off Wargame: European Escalation – £1.29, along with 80% off the popular Terraria.
Be sure to get over there quick! There is just 20 hours left on the bundles and even less on the individual games!
GOG.com or Good Old Games as it used to be known has long been one of my favorite gaming websites, not only do they have a completely DRM free policy for all the titles the distribute, but they’ve also been very active in bringing back classic PC gaming titles to newer operating systems, rather than let them fall into digital oblivion.
Now it looks like the company are reaching out even further into the gaming market, serving up gaming related movies and programming via their web store, all still DRM free of course. The movies are prices at $5.99 and come in a mixture of 576p, 720p and 1080p offerings with both streaming and download options being made available.
The sites also been given a nice visual overhaul, now accepts more payment methods and currencies than ever before and they’ve updated their price promise to ensure you get a fair price no matter what region you live in, for those games that can offer the price promise in your region they’ll now simply give you store credit for the difference, nice!
The game distribution platform GOG has been big in the news the past week with their new list of Linux games and accompanying event sale. There was however a minor glitch in their system resulting in free games for a lot of people. Out of the blue, new games started popping up in users libraries.
GOG is a fair and very well liked site that offers all it’s games as DRM free versions. Many of their sites users are just as fair as the company and contacted them quickly to let them know about the bug. Many even offered to give back the games they hadn’t paid for.
Again GOG came out as the good guy on the block and offered up this statement about the issue:
Thank you for your honesty. Yesterday, due to a small glitch on our end, you and a bunch of other lucky people ended up getting games from the Linux Launch promo for free. Don’t worry, though, as it’s totally cool with us and you may keep them. Yes, we will not be removing these titles from your account and we do hope you will enjoy them! 🙂
Of course, if you prefer, like some of our community members, we can always remove them your shelf – just let us know replying to this email. Again, there’s no problem if you want to keep them 🙂
Regards, JuriJ GOG.com Support
There is no surprise why so many gamers like and support this site, what would you have done if you got a load of free games, kept your mouth shut, or dropped them an email?
Thank you inc garmers for providing us with this information.
GOG.com’s community has had their say: each day, over the entire run of the DRM-free Winter Sale, users voted to chose which of two daily game bundles would get an up to 80% discount. Like in any epic battle, there were some triumphant winners and there were some unfortunate losers. To make it all better the DRM-free digital distributor gives gamers one last chance in 2013 to get all the games from the bundles that lost in the community deal vote. During the Let’s Party Promo! all the games that didn’t get picked by the community are available with discounts up to 80%. The ongoing deal lasts for the next 48 hours, until 2 January 9:59 PM GMT.
The bundles include timeless gems from almost every genre! RPG fans, depending on their preference, can get their hands on CRPG juggernaut Ultima series; immerse themselves into one of the most complex stories ever told in Wizardry 6, 7, and 8; or they can try the new incarnation of grid-based RPG with Legend of Grimrock. For the more action-oriented gamers space shooter Strike Suit Zero or the immortal Strike Commander will definitely be worth picking up, while jump-scare lovers are sure to enjoy the horrors of Slender: The Arrival, Penumbra, and Knock-Knock.
2013 saw GOG.com release a myriad of quality titles new and old, for PC and Mac, start offering episodic games and season passes, as well as introduce a 30 Day Worldwide Money Back Guarantee. A great year is coming to an end and GOG.com promises surprises galore in 2014 with big website changes and a couple of game-changing projects in store.
Thank you GOG for providing us with this information.
Developer Abbey have successfully launched strategy god game Reus and it is available as a digital downloadable title on most popular platforms such as Gog.com and Steam.
Reus is Abbey’s first ever release, but within hours it had already climbed to be the top 2 seller on Steam, out pacing many other successful AAA and indie titles on the service. Abbey say their next step to success it to port the game to both Mac and Linux.
“Creating Reus has always been a gamble. Our friends and mentors advised against it, and we listened where we could as long as it did not mean bailing on Reus. At the start of our studio, we decided to create a complex game without any budget. We chose to skip any (crowd)funding and just work towards a finished game on our own as fast as possible. Meanwhile we kept ourselves alive with our student loan. Paying no wages proved attractive to many developers as we quickly grew from a 4 to a 15-person team. Now, 1.5 years later we had the chance to release with several distributors after much anticipation from the press. It was the most exciting moment of the Abbey’s short life and everything was just purely bizarre and amazing in terms of response. It went great, except for a few launch issues in the first hour and some damaged property at the release party.”
In Reus, you control powerful giants that help you shape the planet to your will. You can create mountains and oceans, forests and more. Enrich your planet with plants, minerals and animal life. There is only one thing on the planet that you do not control: mankind, with all their virtues and and all their vices. You can shape their world, but not their will. Provide for them and they may thrive. Give them too much and their greed may get the upper hand.
Abbey Games is a small Dutch independent games studio, situated in the Dutch Game Garden in Utrecht. Here they are supported by developers like Vlambeer and Ronimo. With their 4 founding members they have worked with 11 more people to create Reus and you only have to watch the gameplay trailer below to see that they’ve made something unique.
The suggested price is only €/$9,99 with a 10% discount in the first week, so best to snap this one up sooner than later.