It’s indeed sad news to hear/read about this. I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to write about it before, with so much going on in news and other things. While DotEmu wasn’t in the same league as GOG in terms of sales and the numbers of games in their library, they still followed the DRM-free philosophy, and staying afloat in the online distribution business ocean for 6 years is a very long time. In their official news they explained their decision was due to the tough competition and that they’ve been focusing more on developing and publishing console and mobile games than distributing older games.
So despite the inability to buy games in the store since March 1st, 2017 and the final closing of user accounts, it’s a good thing that the whole deal was DRM-free (making downloading all games and saving them with any physical means necessary a viable option), raising questions of what would happen with other online stores distributing their games with DRM. It probably won’t happen that Steam shuts down, but still… not being able to gain access to games one bought leaves a nagging feeling in the back of one’s gamer mind…
However, this isn’t the end of the DotEmu story. The company wants to continue making great retro games accessible on modern platforms, and if the recent (Little Big Adventure – Enhanced Edition, Pang Adventures) or upcoming releases (Windjammers, Ys Origin) are anything to go by, the sad end can be a very promising beginning for an exciting future of retro gaming.
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