The lights are on
CD Projekt has announced a new component for its GoG game distribution service. The company says that GoG Galaxy, which is positioned as a Steam competitor, will be optional and offline-play capable.
Throughout the presentation, GoG Guillaume Rambourg mentioned Steam by name multiple times, and pointed out instances during which a single-player portion of a title is restricted by a requirement to be online. The Galaxy client will also (optionally) automatically patch games. Essentially, it provides a wrapper for your GoG purchases.
During the presentation, GoG representatives also implied that their platform will feature "cross-play" while others do not. We're unclear which platforms were being discussed, as our experiences indicate that Steam copies can interact with standalone versions.
The first GoG Galaxy title will be a Witcher Adventure Game, which is a board game experience set in The Witcher Universe.