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GOG.com launches its own take on 'early access' called Games in Development

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'Hand-picked' in-development games and a 14-day return policy

Digital retailer GOG.com launched Games in Development today, which, much like Steam's Early Access program, lets customers purchase in-development games and help shape their final product.

GOG.com's version of Early Access promises a "hand-picked" selection of titles and a 14-day "no questions asked" refund policy. Games in Development is launching with five titles — Starbound, Ashes of the Singularity, Project Zomboid, TerraTech and The Curious Expedition — all of which are already available through Steam Early Access.

"Our goal has always been to offer a selection of titles that are both excellent and worth your time. Nowadays, we're seeing more games that are already great experiences while still in development," said Piotr Karwowski, GOG.com managing director, in a statement. "We want all gamers on GOG.com to have access to what these titles have to offer, but we want to get it right, carefully evaluating each and every game, offering a 14-day refund policy, and providing GOG Galaxy support with update rollback and more."

The Warsaw-based company said it was looking into its own version of Early Access back in 2014.

GOG's client, GOG Galaxy, also offers customers the option to manually or automatically update Games in Development titles, as well as roll back to a previous version of the game.

"If a game update breaks something or introduces unwanted changes, GOG Galaxy lets you easily rollback to any previous version of your game while you wait for the fixes," Karwowski said in a statement. "As an added bonus, rollback actually stores historical snapshots throughout a game's development — that means you can always revisit any point in the game's history with a single click."

As part of the program's launch, GOG.com is offering a discount (between 15 and 40 percent off) on its quintet of Games in Development titles until Feb. 2.