Early access games, known as “games in development” are now available on GOG.com. Unlike Steam GOG are handpicking each game in development and are offering 14 day, no questions asked refunds. The games, like all the other games on the site, are DRM free.
GOG has been about more than good old games for a while now, and this is an extra step to ensure fresh games are introduced to the site. When early access was mentioned previously many users of the site were afraid it would turn out like Steam, in that early access games that are actually playable or good are few and far between. There is no real screening process for early access on Steam so the process really isn’t very consumer friendly, but it looks like our money is in good hand with GOG.
In a statement on the website they spoke about how the games would be chosen.
“[W]e’re hand-picking only the games we can truly stand behind. Offering a selection of the most promising titles, and those most highly requested on the Community Wishlist, is our way of avoiding bloat and ensuring that every game will be worth your time.”
They also spoke about the 14 day refund policy stating:
“It doesn’t matter if you’re having technical issues, if you don’t think the game is sufficiently fleshed out, or if it simply doesn’t click with you — all games in development can be returned for any reason within 14 days of purchase.”
The rollback feature on the GOG galaxy client is also useful, allowing people to roll back a game to any point in it’s development, in case a patch breaks it, or you just want to experience a then and now moment.
The first five games on offer today are:
- Starbound (-33%)
- Ashes of the Singularity (-25%)
- Project Zomboid (-40%)
- TerraTech (-30%)
- The Curious Expedition (-15%)
I can personally recommend Starbound. I have been a fan of the title since alpha and it’s been an ever evolving game. It started out much like a space bound Terraria come No Man’s Sky with procedurally generated planets and monsters. Now it’s got outposts, medieval castles filled with robots and hoverbikes. Yes… Hoverbikes. Check out the last update trailer below showing off the new combat features.