Some GOG Galaxy 2.0 users are being invited to trial an experimental new feature. GOG is working on a new storefront for the launcher, so some users now have the option to buy some Epic Games Store exclusive titles from within GOG Galaxy 2.0 itself.
How does this new GOG Galaxy 2.0 store feature work?
This news comes to us via the official GOG Galaxy Twitter account. GOG says that since Galaxy 2.0 launched, the most-requested new feature has been the option to buy games from other platforms direct from within the GOG Galaxy app. As such, GOG has introduced new Epic Games Store compatibility within Galaxy 2.0, allowing certain users to buy "a selection of hand-picked Epic Games Store exclusive titles" alongside everything currently available on GOG.com.
As you might expect, there are some limitations to this feature. You're not actually buying these games from the Epic Store to use natively on GOG Galaxy 2.0; rather, you're buying them within the launcher, but they'll still need to launch the Epic Games Store to run. In addition, as GOG says, there's only a handful of games available right now. As the beta testing for this feature continues, GOG says it'll expand the userbase that can access this feature, as well as adding more games to the store's catalog. There's no word yet on which other stores GOG plans to include; chances are the company will want to see how this feature pans out before making more promises.
Why is GOG Galaxy 2.0 getting Epic storefront compatibility?
GOG wants to position Galaxy 2.0 as the launcher of choice for PC gamers. Back in late 2019, the launcher received its first 2.0 beta update, allowing users to manage games from multiple libraries including Steam, Uplay, and Origin, among others. Earlier this year, GOG added subscription management functionality, allowing you to view and manage subscriptions to services like Uplay Plus and Xbox Game Pass.
It's clear GOG's mission is to provide a convenient, all-in-one game launcher solution, although you do still need individual apps like Steam and Uplay to be installed. Some of GOG's integrations are community-made, with new platforms being added and worked on by the community all the time. Galaxy 2.0 isn't the first all-in-one launcher - there are other options like Playnite available - but it is the first one to offer store-in-store functionality. Watch this space for more updates and info.
You can grab GOG Galaxy 2.0 right now from the official website.
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