Been a lot of rumors that GOG or Galaxy might be headed for the dustbin of history; it's never been the most popular launcher out there unless you were looking for older games (which it's good for), and I know they had some layoffs recently. But it looks like they're still swinging. It sounds like the next release is going to be pulling in data from every other launcher out there:
“As gamers, we need to juggle between multiple clients to access our games and see what our friends are playing,” says Piotr Karwowski, Managing Director at GOG. “We believe gamers deserve a better experience, and this became the driving force to redefine GOG GALAXY client,” Karwowski adds. “GOG GALAXY 2.0 is designed for all gamers and extends well beyond existing GOG.COM users, into both PC and console platforms.”
Once you connect GOG GALAXY 2.0 with other platforms, it will import all your games into one library. You will see your friends activities and online status across connected platforms. All new library and friends features apply to your GOG.COM games and enhance your experience. And it’s designed to protect your privacy – your data belongs to you and will never be shared with third parties. We see it as an all-in-one solution for the present-day gamer.
- Import all your games from PC and consoles, build and organize them into one master collection. Install and launch any PC game you own, no matter the platform.
- Keep track of all your achievements, hours played and games owned.
- Customize your library by filtering, sorting, tagging, and adding your own visuals like game backgrounds or covers.
- Follow upcoming releases and discover games popular among your friends and the gaming community.
- Your Friends.
- Bring together your friends from all platforms and see their online status.
- No matter on which platform your friends are, you can chat with them.
- See your friends’ cross-platform achievements, game time milestones and recently played games.
- See who’s the master collector, completionist or spends the most time playing.
This all sounds pretty bold; I'll be curious to see how they pull it off. This is still in beta; maybe I'll try to opt in. I don't use GOG all that much these days because most of my games are in Uplay at the moment, but if it can be a seamless all-in-one launcher, might be nice?