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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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Luke_Nukem 18 August 2017 at 8:40 pm UTC
adomasSomehow 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.

Ask them for refunds mate, and be sure to tell them why!
Lonsfor 18 August 2017 at 8:40 pm UTC
Humble Bundle > GOG
Shmerl 18 August 2017 at 8:42 pm UTC
hateballHeh, a bit amusing since if you for instance play Serious Sam: Bogus Detour (from Steam) your ~/ gets polluted with a GOG.com folder. Which apparently wont have any use since they have no interest in Linux. Good show.

I suppose Crackshell / Croteam had no interest in making non Galaxy version for Linux GOG users. Is it another example of game not released on GOG because of lacking Galaxy? Developers here are partly to blame, but less than cases when they simply ignore GOG.


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Tchey 18 August 2017 at 8:51 pm UTC
Sad... I already don't buy from them since some time already, because of Galaxy not on Linux exactly. So, this is only going to enforce my feelings in a bad way...

Not sure if it's smart or not, as if i, we, don't buy Linux games from them, they might very simply stop releasing games for Linux at all.

Humble, Itchio and Steam are my main stores, and it won't change soon, it seems.
Solitary 18 August 2017 at 8:52 pm UTC
As I already said, and many people in this comment section proven... it's a chicken and egg thing. This approach sends clear message, they don't want to work for it and expect that the user base will somehow grow by itself and make it worth while suddenly. This way Steam will always kick their asses, however small user base we are, GOG can't expect it to get better with this approach. By quick look, most of those 700 linux games on GOG are actually effort of the developers/publishers of those games and not GOG by any means. I guess we'll see how much they do or don't care when they release that Witcher card game Gwent on Steam (made in Unity engine) with or without Linux support.


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hummer010 18 August 2017 at 8:52 pm UTC
elbuglioneStop GOG advertising, they are NOT Linux friendly.

My GOG account has over 200 Linux games that would say otherwise.

I don't want their client, so I don't really care if they ever make it for Linux, so long as they continue to sell Linux games.

It is a bit troubling that there are games that don't have a Linux version on GOG due to the lack of Linux Galaxy (Descent Underground is one).
wleoncio 18 August 2017 at 8:54 pm UTC
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raneon 18 August 2017 at 8:56 pm UTC
That's it, I bought more than 50 games on GOG for Linux this year... Don't know how much more money they need until they consider Linux as a platform. Maybe they fake their statistic, it runs theoretically on Windows so this user probably plays on Windows. I will stop now, Valve is supporting Linux so much more, not only with the Steam client, but they help to develop graphic drivers, Vulkan and VR on Linux.
Shmerl 18 August 2017 at 8:56 pm UTC
SolitaryBy quick look, most of those 700 linux games on GOG are actually effort of the developers/publishers of those games and not GOG by any means.

GOG are distributors, not developers. The only exception are their restored games, which they fix to run on modern Windows, and games they package with DOSbox. I don't think they ever did anything like Humble Bundle and actually fund Linux porting efforts. I'd like them to, but I don't expect them to do it.


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raneon 18 August 2017 at 9:06 pm UTC
hummer010
elbuglioneStop GOG advertising, they are NOT Linux friendly.

My GOG account has over 200 Linux games that would say otherwise.

I don't want their client, so I don't really care if they ever make it for Linux, so long as they continue to sell Linux games.

It is a bit troubling that there are games that don't have a Linux version on GOG due to the lack of Linux Galaxy (Descent Underground is one).

200 games... But how do you update them? Even if you just install 10% it would be a lot of manual work. The thing is, nobody expects from GOG to offer all features on Linux, just the basics like install and update games. This is not really any effort for them, I don't believe them.
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