Confusion surrounds Good Old Games

Ben Parfitt
Confusion surrounds Good Old Games

A new update on the GOG site suggests that the site is indeed closing down after all. It reads:

"First of all, we apologize everyone for the whole situation and closing GOG.com. We do understand the timing for taking down the site caused confusion and many users didn't manage to download all their games. Unfortunately we had to close the service due to business and technical reasons.

"At the same time we guarantee that every user who bought any game on GOG.com will be able to download all their games with bonus materials, DRM-free and as many times as they need starting this Thursday.

"The official statement from GOG.com's management concerning the ongoing events is planned on Wednesday."

ORIGINAL STORY: Retro games download site Good Old Games has seemingly get entangled in a marketing experiment gone wrong after a message claiming the site had closed enraged users of the service.

The site went down over the weekend to be replaced with a message suggesting that its doors had closed for good.

“We have recently had to give serious thought to whether we could really keep GOG.com the way it is,” it explained. “We've debated on it for quite some time and, unfortunately, we've decided that GOG.com simply cannot remain in its current form.”

However, following the outpouring of grief from users of the site it now looks as if closure is not on the cards at all. In fact, signs point to the whole saga being nothing more than a marketing stunt.

“As the message on the site says, this doesn't mean GOG is gone,” spokesperson Tom Ohle told Kotaku. “We'll have more to share in the coming days.”

In addition, CD Projekt joint CEO Michael Kicinsk told users via Polish site Bankier “not to panic”.

Though the site remains offline, the message has now been removed. Here is what was previously written:

We have recently had to give serious thought to whether we could really keep GOG.com the way it is. We've debated on it for quite some time and, unfortunately, we've decided that GOG.com simply cannot remain in its current form.

We're very grateful for all support we've received from all of you in the past two years. Working on GOG.com was a great adventure for all of us and an unforgettable journey to the past, through the long and wonderful history of PC gaming.

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.

On a technical note, this week we'll put in place a solution to allow everyone to re-download their games. Stay tuned to this page and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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