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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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KayKay91 23 August 2017 at 7:45 am UTC
...why is it that everytime i read comments here, feels like you guys are saying that GOG cancelled making a Linux version despite the fact that it is stated that it's "not a priority".

In fact IMO, deciding not to buy any game from em is pretty much the worst idea you can possible make in this current situation.
Samsai 23 August 2017 at 8:07 am UTC
KayKay91...why is it that everytime i read comments here, feels like you guys are saying that GOG cancelled making a Linux version despite the fact that it is stated that it's "not a priority".

In fact IMO, deciding not to buy any game from em is pretty much the worst idea you can possible make in this current situation.
"Not a priority" practically means it's in limbo indefinitely, which is about as good as cancelled until they come up with a schedule that specifies when it's due to come out.

And regarding buying games from them, why should we? Some of us are really not interested in the hassle that comes with buying games without access to a client that handles updates for them and I for one am not going to keep buying games from them to "encourage" them to port the client over. That's almost like buying Windows copies of games to run in Wine to show that Linux users have an interest in them, ultimately my answer as GOG would be "Oh, they don't care that we don't have the client for them? Well, that means we can drop it down on the priorities even further!".
bgh251f2 23 August 2017 at 11:53 am UTC
KayKay91...why is it that everytime i read comments here, feels like you guys are saying that GOG cancelled making a Linux version despite the fact that it is stated that it's "not a priority".

In fact IMO, deciding not to buy any game from em is pretty much the worst idea you can possible make in this current situation.

After some years we will have to stop thinking of this as delayed. How many more years you want us to wait before it is released? 5, 10, 15? On this day and age those who can't make something on a reasonable speed will be left behind. Even more the competition has already stepped up to the task long ago.

As it is right now, GOG has an inferior product and the only advantage they have is the DRM Free approach and that for lots of people is secondary in comparison to the usability of a client.
KayKay91 23 August 2017 at 12:08 pm UTC
bgh251f2After some years we will have to stop thinking of this as delayed. How many more years you want us to wait before it is released? 5, 10, 15? On this day and age those who can't make something on a reasonable speed will be left behind. Even more the competition has already stepped up to the task long ago.

As it is right now, GOG has an inferior product and the only advantage they have is the DRM Free approach and that for lots of people is secondary in comparison to the usability of a client.

The main reason I could think of is that GOG is still a smaller store. I mean you have to live in Warsaw in order to work there, afaik there's like 2 ppl who use Linux (Judas i believe is one of em) and they are still looking for workers.
elbuglione 23 August 2017 at 2:11 pm UTC
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LeopardWell , 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.

They don't have it as a priority because of CDPR's recent backlash for TW2's performance. They don't care about linux, because Linux had a chance to care about them and blew it.


are we living in 2014?
a long waey has been from there... at this time, Linux Support for GOG Galaxy must have more "priority" than Mac...

honestly i prefeer Ubisoft and EA... at least they are honest with they customers.
Ubisoft/EA says: "hey! we are a shitty company with crap game client and pathetic pollicies"
But, at least, they DON'T LIE
crt0mega 24 August 2017 at 7:42 am UTC
Well, I'll just skip a game on GOG when it seems to be dependent on Galaxy. We still have Steam and Humble and while the absence of DRM is welcome, it is not a necessity for me.

elbuglionehonestly i prefeer Ubisoft and EA... at least they are honest with they customers.
Ubisoft/EA says: "hey! we are a shitty company with crap game client and pathetic pollicies"
But, at least, they DON'T LIE

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stan 24 August 2017 at 8:49 pm UTC
Another Steam-like client is the last thing I want. GOG just needs to improve their service by adding email notifications when a game is updated or you get an answer in the forum… And also RSS feeds for new Linux game releases and promotions.
RafiLinux 24 August 2017 at 9:32 pm UTC
stanAnother Steam-like client is the last thing I want. GOG just needs to improve their service by adding email notifications when a game is updated or you get an answer in the forum… And also RSS feeds for new Linux game releases and promotions.

Agreed. Itch.io does a great job as a client and with the updates via email of Linux games from the devs you follow.
Sir_Diealot 26 August 2017 at 10:06 am UTC
I'm sort of in two minds about Galaxy. Actually, I don't want it. For the most part lgogdownloader does what I want. It allows me to comfortably download all my games so I have them backed up locally.

On the other hand I want some of the newer titles that depend on galaxy.

So the problem here is that those games depend on Galaxy. Why do they depend on Galaxy? Because they depend on Steam for multiplayer (and some other stuff). Example: "Tooth and Tail". One of the developers said on their discord server that they did the multiplayer part themselves in an early version. That included LAN functionality. They didn't want to maintain that so they switched to steam for all the network stuff. So there is no more LAN and this multiplayer-focused game depends entirely on steam. The only way for GOG to sell it is if they have something that allows them to connect to the steam services. That something is Galaxy. Galaxy is not available for Linux so we have no "Tooth and Tail" for Linux on GOG.

I don't want Galaxy. I want developers to stop depending on Steam.
stan 26 August 2017 at 10:12 am UTC
Sir_DiealotI don't want Galaxy. I want developers to stop depending on Steam.
Having games depend on Galaxy instead is not a solution :-/.
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