Hitman Pulled From GOG After DRM Controversy

GOG Apologizes for adding Hitman to their store.

Hitman III Agent 47

GOG, the PC games storefront from CD Projekt that is famous for selling games with no DRM (Digital Rights Management) in any form, has just pulled Hitman preventing anyone from purchasing it in GOG after sparking controversies from its fans since the game does have DRM and an apology was issued as well.

The Hitman – Game of the Year Edition launched on GOG last month and it was highlighted on the store page of the game that it was DRM free since it said “No activation or online connection required to play,”. However, that’s only true in the case of Hitman’s story and bonus missions while its game modes like Elusive Targets and the like as well as unlocking starting locations, missions scores, and unlocking new equipment require an online connection.

This led to the game being the target of controversy within GOG with fans stating that it doesn’t belong in GOG and getting hit with “review bombing”. All that has led to GOG stating that for those who were unhappy with Hitman were free to get a full refund of the game.

A company representative issued this statement in the GOG forum, “Thank you for your patience and for giving us the time to investigate the release of HITMAN GOTY on GOG. As promised, we’re getting back to you with updates.”

“We’re still in dialogue with IO Interactive about this release. 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.”

“We’d like to apologise 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.”

Hitman may be off the table for now but based on the statement there’s a chance we’ll be able to see it again but probably not in the way we remember it. Though considering how old the game is it’s probably better to not wait with bated breath over a revised form of the game.