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GOG Renews Its Focus On Classic Games, Starting With ‘The Wheel of Time’

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GOG originally stood for “Good Old Games”, and the online store aims to better match the expectations that come with that name. To be launch a revival that will do more to mark and support the releases of classic games. The initiative will not only apply a “Good Old Game” tag to retro hits in the catalog, but will also include a “new” game: a version of Legend’s 1999 vintage The wheel of time (in due time considering the Amazon series) running on modern hardware.

The Unreal Engine-based fantasy shooter doesn’t offer stunning visuals, but Nightdive Studios’ revamp allows it to run on newer operating systems (Windows 7 and above) and support high-resolution screens. The premise remains the same: you play an Aes Sedai (magic woman) who discovers a sinister plot decades before the timeline of Robert Jordan’s novels. You’ll also find deathmatch and capture-the-flag multiplayer modes, though Wheel of Time wasn’t exactly a staple of the online gaming scene when it was new.

There’s a strong competitive incentive for GOG to shift its focus to classic games – this could help it stand out compared to heavyweights like Steam and the Epic Games Store, many of which focus on the latest releases. However, the initiative could be beneficial to game preservation efforts. If nothing else, it can come in handy if you’ve waited decades to revisit a favorite.

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