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GOG.com have announced "Galaxy" a completely optional game client that works a lot like Steam, not only is it entirely optional, but it allows you to be fully offline anytime. They also stated elsewhere it's being built with Linux in mind.

While Linux wasn't mentioned in their video earlier today it will be supported later on when they support Linux on their store later this year.

It will support "cross-play" which is online gaming with Steam titles that support it as well. Their Steamworks-like system for things like achievements can be turned off it seems to, it's all optional.

QuoteWe're not forgetting Linux guys. We'll be giving more info later this year.
Galaxy is being done with PC, Mac and Linux in mind.

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Really fantastic news to see GOG.com fight to keep things simple for users. Since if you don't want the client you don't have to have it.

Quite exciting to see how well the client works, as Desura still haven't decided what they are doing with their client on Linux since Linden Lab took over.

See the full article and video from gog here. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Faugn 5 Jun, 2014
Great news! The old client could be made to work on Linux using Wine, but I never managed to make the current client work. (To be fair I have not tried in some time). Any idea of what language/framework they are using?
Anonymous 5 Jun, 2014
If they didn't forget Linux during the press conference, then they deliberately avoided it.

I respect GOG for their DRM-free push, but they're far from Linux heroes yet.
Pinguino 5 Jun, 2014
Any chance I'll be able to merge my Steam library and GOG library statistics? I'd like to have an aggregated measure of total play times and achievement progress. Such a feature would make me much more inclined to try GOG and the lack thereof makes me avoid games outside Steam even when they are cheaper.
pb 5 Jun, 2014
Diversity is always good, and I'm inclined to think GOG will do much better than Desura on this field. And I mean not only the quality of Linux client.
earthmover 5 Jun, 2014
Who cares about galaxy client, we want Witcher 3 for Linux! :)
DrMcCoy 5 Jun, 2014
Quoting: earthmoverWitcher 3 for Linux!

10€ say it won't be native.
FutureSuture 5 Jun, 2014
Quoting: liamdaweIt will support "cross-play" which is online gaming with Steam titles that support it as well.
I am not sure what this means. Is it now a feature to play PC games online with other PC gamers?
Just another Penguin 5 Jun, 2014
Quoting: FaugnGreat news! The old client could be made to work on Linux using Wine, but I never managed to make the current client work. (To be fair I have not tried in some time). Any idea of what language/framework they are using?

Let me point you to the GOG-Wiki: http://www.gogwiki.com/wiki/Download_Clients
Liam Dawe 5 Jun, 2014
Quoting: FutureSuture
Quoting: liamdaweIt will support "cross-play" which is online gaming with Steam titles that support it as well.
I am not sure what this means. Is it now a feature to play PC games online with other PC gamers?

A lot of games on Steam use steam servers, meaning if you had a drm free version with online you wouldn't be able to play together. This means for GOG cross-play games you will be able to.
FutureSuture 5 Jun, 2014
Quoting: DrMcCoy
Quoting: earthmoverWitcher 3 for Linux!
10€ say it won't be native.
50€ say my money will go elsewhere then. I have enough native games to play and support with my money.
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