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Sad news, it seems GOG Galaxy won't actually be released for Linux any time soon. They may eventually get to it, but it's "not a priority".

For those that don't know, GOG now have their own Steam-like client called Galaxy. It offers things like Cloud Saves, an in-game overlay, bandwidth limiting, capturing screenshots, desktop notifications and more.

While optional, a fair few games have begun depending on it and therefore they end up not releasing Linux versions on GOG. A problem that has increased recently with a few titles.

All discussion on it, can be found in this post on the GOG forum. I would link to stuff directly, but it appears their links to specific posts don't actually do anything.

Here's one that caught my attention when sent it earlier:
QuoteWe're not posting any news, as we have no news on GOG Galaxy for Linux. As we stated before we'll eventually bring it to Linux, but currently it's not a priority for us, and we don't have any estimated date to share at this moment.

They continued in another post:
QuoteI'm not saying we're not able to, or we don't know how. But building and maintaining a Linux build will cost us resources, which as in every company are limited. Currently we're not able to spend the time required considering our internal roadmap.

And another:
QuoteGOG Galaxy was made with cross platform compatibility in mind, but each platform is a constant cost (dev, qa) . With our roadmap we don't currently have the resources to maintain the Linux version.


It's a real shame for those who don't like Steam for various reasons and prefer GOG, this is a bit of a let down really. Especially considering this is the first solid reply we've had since Galaxy was announced in 2014. It feels like we've been waiting all this time for something, when it wasn't even being planned for yet. If you go to the official GOG Galaxy page and you're quick enough, it will flash text below the download button which includes "and soon for Linux".

Personally, I really hope more developers put their games on itch.io. They offer a good service, their site is nice, their open source client is also pretty slick. Not saying GOG are bad or evil (I'm very fond of GOG's work to bring classics back to life with DOSBox), but it's good to have alternatives.

It should go without saying, but when speaking to developers, it pays to remain as polite as possible. Also remember, this person likely isn't the one making the decisions on this. Don't shoot the messenger.
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Leopard 18 August 2017 at 7:20 pm UTC
Well , it was a very well known truth.

Thus , i won't buy a single title from GOG.
I don't want to be hostile to GOG but i don't care a platform which don't care a bit about Linux.
Kimyrielle 18 August 2017 at 7:24 pm UTC
Well, in that case, I won't do any business with them anymore, unless they reconsider. Personally I am not into vintage games anyway (I played good old games when they were young) and I guess a lot of people don't know that, but most of the games they are selling don't have any DRM on Steam, either. *shrug*
Mohandevir 18 August 2017 at 7:24 pm UTC
Officialy totaly unrealistic, but I dream of an online coop store that sells Linux only games and use profits to create Linux games exclusively...

Take it as brainstorming.
adomas 18 August 2017 at 7:29 pm UTC
Somehow this post made me really sad. I was expecting GOG Galaxy for Linux any time soon (as they wrote).

BTW GOG.com is now selling these "Pinata" things, where you get a random game. I bought 4 Pinatas and guess what: all games are Windows-only. Such a fail. Somehow did not expect that.
bradgy 18 August 2017 at 7:32 pm UTC
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LeopardThus, I won't buy a single title from GOG.
I don't want to be hostile to GOG but i don't care a platform which don't care a bit about Linux.

That's a good attitude to take if you'd like to ensure they never change their priorities.

I don't want to be sycophantic to GOG but I reckon you're overly unfair on them. We're still a tiny market. They actually support Linux as a platform. They release what they can within the confines of their developer relationships.

The fact that they haven't yet released a client shouldn't take away from what they have given us (at a brief glance over 700 DRM free games).
bgh251f2 18 August 2017 at 7:32 pm UTC
This and the answer that twitch gave me earlier about their launcher on Linux only makes me sadder.
Shmerl 18 August 2017 at 7:33 pm UTC
Linking to individual posts there works most of the time, but occasionally it's broken.
wawalkenhorst 18 August 2017 at 7:34 pm UTC
Not a big surprise, they belong to CD Project Red and they tricked us on Witcher III before.
Leopard 18 August 2017 at 7:37 pm UTC
bradgy
LeopardThus, I won't buy a single title from GOG.
I don't want to be hostile to GOG but i don't care a platform which don't care a bit about Linux.

That's a good attitude to take if you'd like to ensure they never change their priorities.

I don't want to be sycophantic to GOG but I reckon you're overly unfair on them. We're still a tiny market. They actually support Linux as a platform. They release what they can within the confines of their developer relationships.

The fact that they haven't yet released a client shouldn't take away from what they have given us (at a brief glance over 700 DRM free games).

I think i'm not unfair to them actually.

When you compare how big Steam vs Gog and their support about Linux , with your comment you're being unfair to Valve.

Gog is simply saying , Windows and MacOS is all i need.

We're not even %1 on Steam which held much more gamers than Gog , they're still supporting Linux.
Shmerl 18 August 2017 at 7:37 pm UTC
I think the main problem is that by not supporting Galaxy, they hurt their own Linux user base, since new Linux users are less likely to use them. It's clearly a management issue that they have.
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