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Frequent customers of Steam competitor Good Old Games may want to think twice before purchasing Armello on their preferred storefront. Developer League of Geeks has renamed the game Armello DRM Free Edition and will not support DLC on GOG because of the storefront’s DRM-free policy. Armello is a digital board game set in a medieval land where anthropomorphic animals battle it out to become king or queen. Even though other games do support parity and DLC on the platform, Armello remains a notable exception.

Trent Kusters, Director and Founder of League of Geeks, made the announcement on the developer’s official forums.

“There’s no way for us to provide DLC for DRM Free users,” said Kusters. “Or to attempt to retain parity with the Steam version of Armello.” Kusters went on to claim they were seeking the best possible experience for DRM-free Armello players.

Armello DRM Free Edition will see features that best suit a DRM Free experience,” Kusters stated. “Picked across from other platforms into early-mid 2017, helping LoG & GoG (lol) reach our mutual goal of providing users the best possible DRM Free Armello experience.”

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Many GOG users expressed their disappointment in the page comments for unknowingly buying an inferior version of the game, and not being told beforehand. Some backers who supported the game and brought it to life had no notice of the DLC restriction, and others might have selected GOG only to be told they have chosen the wrong version. As of now, the only way to get the complete version of the game with all future updates is to re-purchase the game on Steam. Though it is a mystery which specific updates will be supported and which will not, League of Geeks has made the soundtrack DLC available on GOG in the past.

“The thing is, not properly supporting your products is a bad signal to give off when you’re working on a multiplatform release,” GOG forum poster Fortuk posted. “What’s to say they won’t drop those after release as well? Likewise, making it clear in that way that you’re not treating your customers equally is not a good way to make people trust your product. Putting a game up for sale somewhere is a commitment that doesn’t stop once it seizes to be wholly favourable to the seller.”

“I was thinking about buying Armello, because it looked lovely,” forum poster Contra001 wrote. “But I’m definitely not supporting these practices. It’s a pity.”

At first, it might seem the DLC is incompatible because the DLC-owning players couldn’t be paired with players who hadn’t bought the DLC, but this proves not to be the case.  Players on Steam have also been experiencing pop-ups in-game for the DLC, including players who already own the Usurpers Hero Pack. As recently as 10 days ago, League of Geeks had discussed looking into ways to add the DLC into the game, but it appears none of the avenues they looked at were possible.

This news highlights an ongoing problem where GOG customers seem to constantly get the short end of the stick. This particular case sets a precedent for future developers to consider DRM over supporting their customers. GOG mentioned a celebration for the ‘new’ launch with a 25 percent off sale for the launch of Armello DRM-Free Edition, yet Steam users are receiving an identical 25 percent off for the game’s one-year anniversary. League of Geeks promised to support the game with updates into mid-2017 but did not give any specifics.

Armello‘s first DLC, “The Usurpers Hero Pack,” is available now on Steam for $9.99

We’ve reached out to Armello’s developers and will update when we learn more.

-Thanks to user MIK for sending this tip in!

What’s your opinion on League of Geek’s statement? Why do you think GOG has repeatedly received inferior versions of games? Could they have handled this better? Let us know in the comments below!


Bryan Heraghty

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  • OrgunDonor

    I did have this game on my wish list, I thought it looked interesting. And although I would have purchased it on Steam, I don’t think that this is something that should ever be supported.

    So my near future purchase is now a lost sale, because of this decision.

  • Cy

    Seems like a bunch of bullshit to me. Did they ever give a specific reason why their DLC needs DRM? It sounds like they just want to force people to buy the DRM’d version, which is a shitty movie if true.

  • AgentBJ09

    That’ll put them on my ever expanding shitlist then. Saves me money in the end too.

  • vonSanneck

    A lot of people do not like DRM for well understood reasons. I wonder how long they will last?

  • Michele

    It seems that ownership of the DLC will be checked when playing online.

    The other issue is the lack of the inventory steam feature (similar to what TF2 use) that they want to use to sell or trade ingame item.

  • cypher20

    It’s a decision I don’t support and honestly, just don’t understand. If you’re willing to put the game out on a DRM-free platform, why not the DLC? Not to mention, if GOG’s DRM-free policies were hurting the bottom line, do you think GOG would still exist? I mean, I appreciate their philosophical commitment to DRM-free practices but if they weren’t making money, they’d go out of business, so clearly DRM-free is working just fine. Ultimately, doesn’t affect me much as I got Armello on PS4 and it’s a great game, I just wish it had local co-op. Yeah the stealth mechanics would be a little busted but so what, it’s insane that this is a board game where you could just literally pass around a single controller to your buddies but yet you can’t play it with people in the same room.

  • Silhouette

    While I don’t have a problem with the developer using DRM if they want (I dislike DRM personally and some DRMs are really bad, but that’s a choice they’re entitled to make), I do feel they did wrong by the backers and players by springing this on them without notice.

    It’s one thing to make a questionable decision that leads to controversy; It’s another to stab people in the back.

  • Freelance

    Local co-op would be problematic when it came time to choose your cards. If everyone in the room can see what cards you have, it’d ruin the strategy part of the game.

  • eltonBorges

    OK, important stuff: What is the GOG/CDPR position about this mess?

  • Michele

    None, apparently, as always. They usually avoid conflict by ignoring the issue hoping the early uproar would dissipate in time. It’s happening frequently on gog forum.
    In this case their are in the middle, having to deal with developer decision, stay in business and keep their customers, but the later one are always the one with less priority.

  • eltonBorges

    That’s why I’m avoiding the platform. I would really want to support them, but they are not even providing products with the same quality. It’s quite disappointing.

  • Michele

    Unfortunately GOG is positioned between a rock and an hard place. They have to keep doing business but to do so they have to adapt to other stores and keep losing the principles that let them have a business in the first. But they cannot compete in doing things other stores do better, otherwise a customer would choose the latter, so they are doing the exact opposite of what they should doing.
    So they try to avoid conflict, lie when it’s convenient to them to keep their current userbase intact while trying to capture new customers at the cost of the old ones.
    They keep doing wrong and wrong every time they have the chance to distinguish themself and end up doing a poor job on customer support.

  • eltonBorges

    I don’t really think is that much of a hard place. GOG ar selling full priced games that do not have the same content or quality as Steam. Now that’s a huge problem between gog and consumer, because GOG is the one selling the product. If the company allows this to happen, as it’s allowing right now, its completely their fault. Now, I must say that the “30 day policy” from GOG is an extremely consumer friendly move that other sellers should follow.
    Now, the part of the blame that should fall over the developers shoulders is: If you cannot provide the full game, why are you asking the full price? They are also ripping the consumer and are being quite dishonest.
    It’s a sad situation because both companies are abusing the consumer in their own way, and the only thing the consumer can really do is to not buy.

  • Michele

    Sure, I didn’t mean to imply that GOG had to make that choice a so are not to blame. On the contrarty, I pointed out that everytime they have to choose, their customers (expecially the old ones) are actually the last thing they protect.

    For now they are the only prominent drm-free store, but what if another one pop out. Than they’ll be in a really dire situation.

  • eltonBorges

    I understood you position, I just don’t agree with the idea that they are under pressure. They are taking actions that are against their consumer base alone to be honest.

  • oldirtybaron

    Game developers are shitheads, news at 11.

    It’s a shame that people who paid for this… thing on GOG got shafted, but there’s not much that can be done except blacklist the developer and never buy any of their products.

  • Michele

    But I agree with you. To me there’s not such choice to make, they built their business filling a hole in the market and pushing some clear principle. They have to stick with it and care for the trust they built with their community. They did pretty dishonest thing in the past and they keep doing that occasionally. Everytime they do something bad for their customers they paint it as a good things with a pr news like the one linked in the news.
    So what I mean is that they are indeed in a situation more difficult than when they started, when they sold old games and have almost the exclusive. They had occosion to change that and gradually did but hurt their community in the process. It may benefit them in the shot periodo but it’s going to hurt in the long one because their a losing what made them trustworth. Everybody know with certainty that what GOG say cannot be trusted as they change their mind on their own benefit too often or hide information, They are not the only one, but they are the only one that have build their business on trust and principle, and have that to lose.

  • KayKay_91

    Well if ya wanna know, they are giving refunds for this game.