CD Projekt now thinks perhaps they shouldn’t have accepted IO Interactive’s Hitman game onto the allegedly DRM-free store.
GOG is reliable when it comes to DRM-free games. If you buy something from here, the chance of you downloading the installer and using it to play the game offline is nearly 100%. However, many AAA publishers don’t like this idea, and instead, they put several layers of DRM (including Denuvo) into their games, which is one of the reasons you might never see, say, F1 2021, on GOG.
We wrote about how IO Interactive’s self-published game (due to Square Enix no longer having any relations nor to the Hitman IP, neither the game) popped up on GOG despite what GOG stands for. Still, the site never mentioned that an Internet connection is required to get your rating on the missions and the like. Therefore, the game is not necessarily an offline title. The players rated it negatively, to which GOG said they might wipe some of the negative reviews, even though their FAQ points out that there aren’t such limitations. (Is this story negative PR at its finest? Yes.)
GOG community manager Gabriela Siemienkowicz has followed up on this story by posting the following: “We’re still in dialogue with IO Interactive about this release. Today we have removed Hitman Game Of The Year Edition from GOG’s catalogue – we shouldn’t have released it in its current form, as you’ve pointed out. We want 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.”
However, there are still some critical voices about GOG calling the otherwise justified negative reviews review bombing.