Recently, GOG got into a little bit of trouble when they released a game with DRM on their supposedly DRM-free store. Obviously, fans were not happy about the situation since it completely goes against GOG’s ethos of their store, and caused worries that it could be a slippery slope to DRM-lite games on the storefront.
That game was, of course,Hitman, which limits a player’s progress and locked off many rewards when offline which many claimed to be a form of DRM. Now GOG has removed the game entirely from the store, and will be looking into the online requirements of the game and if there's anything that can be done.
“Dear Community,” said Gabriela Siemienkowicz, Community Manager at GOG in a recent forum post. “Thank you for your patience and for giving us the time to investigate the release of HITMAN GOTY on GOG. As promised, we’re getting back to you with updates.”
“We're still in dialogue with IO Interactive about this release. Today we have removed HITMAN GOTY from GOG’s catalog – we shouldn’t have released it in its current form, as you’ve pointed out. We’d like to apologise for the confusion and anger generated by this situation. We’ve let you down and we’d like to thank you for bringing this topic to us – while it was honest to the bone, it shows how passionate you are towards GOG.”
The response has generally been pretty positive as GOG has actually fessed up to their mistakes. But the issue remains that some were unhappy how GOG treated the negative reviews, which the company said classed as 'review bombing' but many argued they were accurate representations of a player’s feelings towards the online requirements.
Whether the developers, IO Interactive, will actually ever implement some sort of offline version of the game with the same progression/rewards as the online version is another question. It’s possible that Hitman will never be released on GOG again due to the online requirements, but one can hope at least.
What do you think? Will IO Interactive actually develop an offline version of Hitman 2016? Or will it remain in always-online limbo for eternity? And has this affected your view of GOG and their DRM-free ethos? Let us know your thoughts!