Recently we wrote about the stealth assassination game HITMAN landing on GOG.com. Not specifically Linux news but interesting industry news to keep an eye on, due to the massive backlash it had and now GOG has removed it for sale. Quick note: while the game does have a Linux build ported by Feral Interactive on Steam, like the rest of Feral titles it didn't make it to GOG.
As a reminder on the issue - HITMAN is a single-player game, however it does lock quite a lot of features to do with progression behind needing an online connection. With GOG being famous for its anti-DRM stance, bringing that over did not sit well with customers and the backlash spawned well over 2,000 posts on the GOG forum.
GOG did later add a notice about the online features to the store page but it wasn't enough.
Two days ago a GOG staffer mentioned it had been removed, here's their statement:
Thank you for your patience and for giving us the time to investigate the release of HITMAN GOTY on GOG. As promised, we’re getting back to you with updates.
We're still in dialogue with IO Interactive about this release. Today we have removed HITMAN GOTY from GOG’s catalog – we shouldn’t have released it in its current form, as you’ve pointed out.
We’d like to apologise for the confusion and anger generated by this situation. We’ve let you down and we’d like to thank you for bringing this topic to us – while it was honest to the bone, it shows how passionate you are towards GOG.
We appreciate your feedback and will continue our efforts to improve our communication with you.
It may not be DRM since you can play it offline but for a store like GOG? It was clearly a bad idea to release it as it was.
For GOG, this was very clumsy. Hopefully their store team will be more careful in future to prevent such issues ever happening. You do have to wonder though - how did this not come up in conversations on releasing it? Perhaps it did and they thought it wouldn't matter? Either way, it's gone from GOG - for now.