MangaGamer just announced that they will be working with GOG to bring their vast catalogue or releases to the DRM free platform and storefront.
Recent events have seen Valve send emails to developers that had games approved for Steam be told to remove certain content or risk having the games removed. Valve backtracked on this soon after with a lot of noise being made on social media. This affected various developers. Now, MangaGamer and Sekai Project announced that they are bringing their catelogues to GOG as well. John Pickett, PR Director at MangaGamer commented:
“This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time. We had been speaking with GOG prior to recent events about adding visual novels as a genre to their retail platform, and with Valve now threatening the livelihoods of visual novel developers everywhere, it’s a huge relief to see GOG opening their doors to these games.”
The initial launch will see Higurashi When They Cry and eden from MangaGamer. Nine more games will be coming including Kindred Spirits on the Roof with the full voice expansion, A Kiss for the Petals ~ Maidens of Michael~ which was removed from Steam by Valve in March. John also commented on this:
“We have yet to hear from Valve regarding the removal of Maidens of Michael despite repeated attempts at contact. Steam has now proven that it’s growing unreliable for small and independent developers, so we are very grateful to have the next biggest retailer in the PC market welcoming visual novels with open arms and an eye for quality. In the long run we hope to transition our full Steam catalog over to GOG, and we hope other developers will consider reaching out to them too. We want fans everywhere to always have a means of enjoy these great titles.”
This is great news for fans of DRM free games and software.