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GOG removes Hitman: Game of the Year Edition from sale after DRM furore

GOG styles itself as the place to shop for DRM-free games.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

October 11, 2021

1 Min Read

GOG has pulled Hitman: Game of the Year Edition from sale after its use of DRM sparked a community backlash.

The digital storefront, which claims to be the place to shop for "DRM-free games," caused a stir last month when it released Hitman despite it requiring an internet connection to access certain single-player features like Escalation missions and Elusive Targets.

GOG users reacted by calling out the company and review bombing the title. In response, GOG said it would look into the matter and warned users about their conduct, but has now chosen to delist the title just a few weeks later.

"Today we have removed Hitman GOTY from GOG's catalog -- we shouldn’t have released it in its current form, as you've pointed out," said a company spokesperson on the GOG forum.

"We'd like to apologize for the confusion and anger generated by this situation. We've let you down and we'd like to thank you for bringing this topic to us -- while it was honest to the bone, it shows how passionate you are towards GOG. We appreciate your feedback and will continue our efforts to improve our communication with you."

GOG said it remains "in dialogue" with Hitman developer IO Interactive about the release, although it's unclear whether those discussions are with a view to relisting the game at some point in the future

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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