Good Old Games presumably was closing down a few days ago. Turns out that it was an elaborate hoax for a relaunch and revival. The site that hosts a s***-ton of classic PC games for insanely low prices manage to get a lot more publishers to chip in their old titles for the site.
Oh, and in case anyone else is still miffed about this hoax, here are two types of apologies. One’s from their official PR statement:
â€œFirst of all weâ€™d like to apologize to everyone who felt deceived or harmed in any way by the closedown of GOG.com. As a small company we donâ€™t have a huge marketing budget and this why we could not miss a chance to generate some buzz around an event as big as launching a brand new version of our website and even more important, bringing back Baldurâ€™s Gate to life!
We believe this title was extremely expected by all our users and PC gamers in general. It would have made no sense to announce it in a typical plain corporate way. Our aim at GOG is to promote the greatest DRM-free PC classics ever in a creative way and allow people to escape from the usual boring mainstream marketing. We are also gamers and this is why we played a bit with this announcement.
Once again, we apologize for any harm we might have caused and we do hope people will keep the essence of our message in mind: GOG is doing things differently than elsewhere and yes, Baldurâ€™s Gate is finally back (with more great releases to come)! We are working hard to provide users with much fun, so do expect some great surprises until Christmas.â€
The other type of apology? Baldur’s Gate is confirmed to be downloadable from GOG.com (followed by Baldur’s Gate 2, if they know what’s good for them). That should shut a lot of PC fanboys up.
For more changes on the site, just check out their following videos. Anyway, well played, GOG.com. Well played.