Anyone fond of PC classics will be thrilled to know Atari has signed to digital distribution service Good Old Games (GOG). If you're still new, GOG's specialty is reviving acclaimed PC games, removing any DRM from them, adding extras, and offering them up dirt cheap. The word comes from parent company CD Projekt's conference today, from which we've included a screencap above.
Atari's catalogue includes a long list of heralded games, much of which is composed of the Microprose library. For now, three are confirmed: Outcast, Master of Magic, and a personal favourite of our staffer Kevin Spiess: Master of Orion II. While not guaranteed, RPG fans should note Atari owns the Dungeons & Dragons license, which means the famed Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights series' may arrive in the near future, particularly with the promise of "most wished" games (they're up there). The company does seem to be in legal trouble with the license at the moment, but we can hope it turns out well for all. The games are set to start coming this April.
There's lots more GOG news today, too. Publisher Anuman Interactive has signed on, bringing their beloved adventure series Syberia and also Amerzone: The Explorer Legacy to the catalogue.
Wonderfully, Windows 7 compatibility appears to be guaranteed for all new titles -- we expect they're working diligently still on certifying the rest.
According to a fan translation of the conference in the GOG forums, the site has seen over one million downloads to date -- no small feat. Users can look forward to the service finally moving out of beta in the third quarter of this year, and at some point more social features will be introduced including further integration with Twitter and Facebook, and more yet again at a later date. Lastly, it seems implied a service a la "Good New Games" could manifest in as little as a few years, as GOG was created in response to lacking PC sales, and it's proven a hit.