Hitman has been removed from GOG after backlash for online DRM

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Oct 11, 2021 11:00 AM
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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!

Do you think IOI will release an offline version of Hitman with the same progression and rewards as the online version?

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12:04 Oct-12-2021

:D

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17:23 Oct-11-2021

Interesting how people are against offline version. I personally would love them to make offline version, where you can progress and do most of stuff locally. Only thing you loose is any potential leaderboards, online achievements,... I think it could be "translated" into offline game just fine, to meet GOG requirements, without messing up online for everyone. Also it could easily have both online and offline modes with separate progression. That way everyone is happy, people wanting to play offline and people wanting to get full online experience. A bit like in Diablo 2 Resurrected you can have offline character and online character. I like option to benefit from both sides and not losing game completely, if servers go down.


Though I am disappointed in GOG review process, since this fiasco clearly shows how poor job someone did. Like ti should have never be allowed on GOG store in the first place, without major rework. Even if online is meant as feature and not DRM, GOG still should guarantee you can play it offline and get full experience, except online features that can't be reproduced offline.

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17:26 Oct-11-2021

I see I can't edit the post, just saw that I misremembered poll question... so yeah, that happened. :-D


I hope GD at least returns edit button or delete comment, since I can't seem to find them...


Edit: Interesting, I can edit reply to my comment, but not first comment. :-D

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17:55 Oct-11-2021

Yeah, I think they're still sorting this issue out. The root comment edit comes back, then gone again - maybe something is bugged for now. I'll get fixed :)

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15:38 Oct-11-2021

Living with an unstable/bad internet for most of my life, I could never support this "always online" fiasco-in-making.


"Playing a single-player game and losing connection? Sucks to be you then!"


I guess the main reason behind us being in this situation are definitely years of privilege and complacency 🙃

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11:53 Oct-11-2021

It should have never-launched with always-online in the first place.

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11:22 Oct-11-2021

Fair. As much as I love the new Hitman reboots, having progression tied to internet connection is just not the way you should ever do things, period. If they say the game is DRM free, than it should be DRM free. This one isn't, so good thing it got booted off GOG. At some point they're going to have to shut down their servers, and it'd be a massive shame if such a fantastic game were to forever after remain unplayable.

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11:27 Oct-11-2021

And, just like with anything, some hacker/pirate somewhere will figure out how to get around that and we'll have a version that is somehow better than what the devs released. Plenty of times I've been in a situation where I'm playing the game and then suddenly the server connection drops and I'm told that my progression is now disabled. Why do we people put up with this "live service" crap...

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11:53 Oct-11-2021

People have just become more complacent and hence tolerant of all this. Still irks the heck out of me though. I really support IOI as I love the Hitman series but always online was unnecessary in this game. They give the excuse of user-generated contant being available when you are online. So there should have been an option to go online, download the new user contant and then go back offline rather than always online being presented as an acceptable solution.

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14:35 Oct-11-2021

b...but....but...what about the obviously-very-necessary-and-useful-and-we-can't-live-without-them-because-everyone-cares-so-much leaderboards and...and...errr... user contracts! Online-only justified 👍

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17:07 Oct-11-2021

lol😆


yeah because people played Hitman for leaderboards.

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17:44 Oct-11-2021

I really don't care for all that, but some people are crazy over it. Many ppl apparently consider D2R incomplete because it's missing the ladder (AKA seasonal leaderboards) lol. Hitman forums also have people posting times and such. Not something that warrants having online-only gaming, though, IMO.

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20:41 Oct-11-2021

True, but in some normal world it should never ever come to that. You shouldn't ever have to rely on a third party to fix a problem that shouldn't even exist in the first place. It's a real shame it ever got where we are, and I don't think there's a way this'll change for the better. Live service is what we have now, I'm just afraid the next step is streaming, and that's when all falls apart.

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