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GOG pulls Hitman from sale following DRM controversy

GOG pulls Hitman from sale following DRM controversy

CD Projekt's GOG.com storefront has removed the 2016 Hitman reboot from its platform.

In a post on the company's forums, a rep said that it "shouldn't have released it in its current form." This came in the wake of Hitman: Game of the Year Edition launching on GOG back in September and sparked an uproar when it emerged that you cannot play the title offline.

One of GOG.com's main pillars is that it does not sell games with DRM, meaning that they should be playable offline. IO's murder simulator features a number of modes that require an online connection.

"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," a GOG rep wrote.

"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."


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