Steam has had its own early access program for some time, and now GOG have decided to launch their own, allowing gamers to try out a number of games that are still in development, with a no questions asked 14-day refund policy and DRM-free downloads.
With the launch, GOG has already launched five games on the service, and plans to add more soon.
These first set of games include:
Ashes of the Singularity (-25%)
Project Zomboid (-40%)
The Curious Expedition (-15%)
GOG explains more:
First and foremost: we’re hand-picking only the games we can truly stand behind. Offering a selection of the most promising titles, and those most highly requested on the Community Wishlist, is our way of avoiding bloat and ensuring that every game will be worth your time.
It takes some confidence to discover games that are still being shaped — and to build that trust, every game in development comes with a simple refund policy: 14 days, no questions asked. It doesn’t matter if you’re having technical issues, if you don’t think the game is sufficiently fleshed out, or if it simply doesn’t click with you — all games in development can be returned for any reason within 14 days of purchase.
The GOG Galaxy client should also come in handy for games in development. It lets you control updates manually if you want, while the rollback feature allows you to easily restore any earlier version of your game if an update breaks something or makes unwanted changes. For games in development, rollback will also track and create historical snapshots throughout a game’s development. That means you can always revisit any point in a game’s history — for fun, or for science.