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The Long Dark is leaving GOG tomorrow although it will still get updates

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Here's a curious one, the survival adventure The Long Dark from Hinterland Studio is going to be leaving GOG.

What's even stranger, is that GOG have an agreement with the developer that anyone who currently owns it or purchases it up until it leaves will still get updates to it. This only usually happens when developers are unhappy with GOG in terms of features, service or the "hassle" of supporting more than one store.

Here's what GOG said on their forum:

We'd like to give you a heads-up that on November 7th, 2pm UTC, The Long Dark will be removed from our catalog. 

If you were not sure whether you wish to have this exploration-survival game or not, now is a good time to decide :) 

Those who already own the games, or will purchase them before this Wednesday, will of course still be able to access them through their library. All owners will also have access to updates even after the game’s removal.

They also clarified here the agreement on updates.

No reason, however, has been given by either party on why this is happening, so I have reached out to Hinterland to see if they can let us know why and I will update this article if they reply. I don't want to speculate on it too much, but perhaps it's as a result of GOG's recent dumb tweet.

So after November 7th (tomorrow) you will have either Humble Store or Steam. If you decide you want it on GOG, find it here for now.

Hat tip to Doomguy in our Discord.

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CSharp 6 November 2018 at 10:12 am UTC
If it's really about the tweet... Then GOG has won a lot of sympathy with me. Might even start buying some games over there.
Cestarian 6 November 2018 at 10:16 am UTC
Dumb tweet? wth? It wasn't a dumb tweet, it was a funny joke that sensitive SJW snowflakes are getting triggered over, and that is funny, and studios who would be triggered by that and leaving will not be missed. By anyone.

The outrage makes this all even more funny, I mean come on, is this not funny? are you not entertained?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sF8kpaWT_U
liamdawe 6 November 2018 at 10:28 am UTC
What's amusing to one person, is highly offensive to another. Such is the way of life and the internet especially on such a toxic topic for a lot of people.

Despite my own personal feelings on it, which I won't bring up, I think it was very dumb for a games store to post. They are a business after all, not a joke personal account for someone. There is an expectation to have a certain level of professionalism and sensitivity to issues.
Cestarian 6 November 2018 at 10:38 am UTC
liamdaweWhat's amusing to one person, is highly offensive to another. Such is the way of life and the internet especially on such a toxic topic for a lot of people.

Despite my own personal feelings on it, which I won't bring up, I think it was very dumb for a games store to post. They are a business after all, not a joke personal account for someone. There is an expectation to have a certain level of professionalism and sensitivity to issues.
You already made your personal feelings on it quite clear Liam, and you are the one who chose to bring this up too. You could have just said "tweet" instead of "dumb tweet" couldn't you? And you explained your stance perfectly with this post.

Here's my opinion.

There was nothing offensive in that post, there was nothing that could have been interpreted as offensive in that post.

GOGClassic PC Games #WontBeErased on our watch.

How could any, relatively sane human being be offended by that post?

How could anyone even interpret that as something political or bad? And why should anyone give a single fuck about what people who are dumb and autistic enough to be triggered by that think?

Most of them don't even buy games in the first place, they're not really GOG's customers. They're professional social media crybabies.


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Samsai 6 November 2018 at 10:43 am UTC
Calling it a "funny joke" is quite ridiculous. The only way you could construe the tweet as "funny" is if you are amused by the people getting offended by it, which is not what a joke is. The tweet itself was just marketing shoved into a conversation where it did not belong. I can bet that if Liam started plastering marketing slogans all over the articles and comments even the "lel funny joeks" guys would start to get annoyed.
Cestarian 6 November 2018 at 10:47 am UTC
Samsai

Well to be completely honest, I forgot it wasn't even a funny joke (I forgot what the post even was by the time I wrote that, I only remembered it after making the next post after googling what exactly it said), it just became a funny joke after a small group of people became massively outraged by it.

It wasn't a joke, it was a marketing slogan/statement about GOG's attitude towards classic games (not letting them be lost through time by keeping things DRM free)


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Leerdeck 6 November 2018 at 10:53 am UTC
Oh man didn't know about the dumb GOG comment. How dumb do you have to be to use a current relevant political hashtag for advertising? This always ends in a total shitshow.
ixnari 6 November 2018 at 10:54 am UTC
I must be jaded as hell, because I thought that tweet was pretty funny. That said, GOG's use of that particular hashtag while this whole anti-trans kerfuffle is going on might not have been the best idea. I would still very much like to hear Hinterland's reason why they've decided to pull their game from GOG.


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Cestarian 6 November 2018 at 10:57 am UTC
ixnariI must be jaded as hell, because I thought that tweet was pretty funny. That said, GOG's use of that particular hashtag while this whole anti-trans kerfuffle is going on might not have been the best idea. I would still very much like to hear Hinterland's reason why they've decided to pull their game from GOG.

Yeah, it actually seems it's unlikely to be caused by a twitter post, if that was the reason they'd have publicly stated it already as it's basically nothing more than a publicity stunt (albeit targeting the people who won't buy your games in the first place).

I'd like to know as well what made them want to leave.
Tuxee 6 November 2018 at 11:09 am UTC
Lucky me. Neither was I aware that #WontBeErased is such a ting (well then, I'm not on Twitter either), nor did I read or learn about the "dumb" tweet before. It's really cozy in my bubble.
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