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It seems at some point over the last month or two, GOG finally removed the "in progress" notice for GOG Galaxy coming to Linux.

Something that was a bit overdue, since they clearly have no plans to actually bring GOG Galaxy to Linux despite it being the most voted-for feature request for many years. GOG and CD Projekt never really took it seriously though, with even the official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account trolling "We can assure you: it‘s not us. We are the driving force behind 'add Linux support for GOG Galaxy' though" in reply to GOG post about showing 2077 gameplay.

Every time I've spoken to the GOG team over the last few years, they just repeatedly told me it wasn't planned, despite the wishlist entry still listing it as "in progress" and their original announcement mentioning it would come to Linux too and that it was "being done with PC, Mac and Linux in mind" (so much for that huh?).

At least there's applications like the Heroic Games Launcher and Lutris that can help you manage your GOG games on Linux. Still, it would be nice if GOG at some point put some more resources into improving their Linux support. Plus, if you're going to be using a Steam Deck, buying from Steam just makes a lot more sense when it's far easier to access so I imagine that's eventually going to cost GOG a few more sales too and they're not exactly doing well.

It is a shame for those that want the Galaxy client, as I actually love what GOG do. The main idea that you can just log in and download a full offline installer is great and their repeated revivals of old games is wonderful too. But without Galaxy, some games end up missing features for Linux or just skipping a Linux build entirely on GOG.

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Tags: Apps, Editorial, GOG, Meta
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draxil 1 Jul
In a way sad, but also squashes false hope.
dorron 1 Jul
...and that's why i don't buy anything from GOG.
Ah, come on... I was really really hoping that we would get one... eventually... some day?
Lutris is good, and lgogdownloader a necessity... but... <sad noises>
elmapul 1 Jul
really bad timing for then, steam deck will make linxu somewhat relevant and they will missing the hype train.
ruskie 1 Jul
Given I stick to lgogdownloader as my archiver and minigalaxy as my GOG Launcher - not too bothered(at least for native releases, lutris for wine). Having talked with some devs about issues they have on releasing Linux builds on GOG - there is a lot more they need to do behind the scenes then anything. Still I'll prefer GOG over any other store.
Leopard 1 Jul
Quoting: elmapulreally bad timing for then, steam deck will make linxu somewhat relevant and they will missing the hype train.

Nope.

If there is one thing Steam Deck does now, it is glorifying Steam itself.

Surely they are not limiting device in any way to handle other stores, you can even install Windows but since that is a console and most people will be opted to where out of box experience is good; it is Steam and Proton.
When I was using macOS their client stopped working a while ago, giving unknown errors, I stopped buying from them then…
Raaben 1 Jul
I keep trying to support GoG, but they keep giving me less and less reason to.
Pikolo 1 Jul
Save game synchronization is a really useful feature you don't get without Galaxy. So it is a downside for me. Do any of the community clients synchronize save games with GoGs servers?
libgradev 1 Jul
Quoting: dorron...and that's why i don't buy anything from GOG.

Me neither anymore - completely ignored the Summer Sale this year (apart from adding the free games to my account).

But, hey, having the Deck - things like this just make purchasing from Valve even less of a decision.
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