Does anyone know what is to become of disc based Games for Windows live titles when they take the service down next year? I have a bunch of boxed titles (Batman Arkham Asylum, Fallout 3 Ultimate edition etc... the'r codes do not work on steam. Will I then inherit several useless discs and codes?
Soon? But when you do you'll get AC GOTY on steam which is nice.
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My guess is they will send those codes over to Steam and let them activate on there. If not, then I guess it will just be buyer beware for anyone that buys a new game. Same as those boxed copies of MMOs that were shut down over a year ago that are still sitting on some retail shelves. It's always a sad/depressing thing to see walking down the video game aisle at most boxed stores.
I can only think of 3. Fallout 3 and Gears of War. (The batman games had it patched out if I recall)
It would really suck if those games no longer work in some way, but I already played Gears of War without logging into GFWL because it never worked. I think it just disables online features that you dont actually care about. Same with Fallout 3. The game still works without it.
I'm more curious about Dark Souls. I hope they patch it out, but I'm not sure who's hosting that games online stuff. That one seems more complicated. It would really suck if that game wont work anymore.
They're already porting a lot of that stuff over to Steam (Batman, Bioshock and eventually Dark Souls?) so for those games I wouldn't worry about it too much. I'm hoping Capcom ports their stuff over as I have a copy of Dead Rising 2 & Off the Record I'd like to keep. I'm more bummed out that my copy of Gears of War and Viva Piñata for PC are going to be dead since I don't see Microsoft porting that over to Steam or providing any kind of work around short of grabbing a cracked version, but that's part of the risk you take with that stuff I guess.
It sounds like developers will either have to remove GFWL from a game entirely or use an alternative (such as Steamworks) for the title to continue to work. I'm only assuming this from what I can scratch together from the news though. Another issue is the question of X360 controller functionality. If a developer simply removes GFWL presumably that could remove the ability to play that game with a controller unless they patch controller functionality back in.
I don't think Microsoft has officially announced the closure of the service yet so that might explain the uncertainty at the moment. If anyone hears anything more solid, I would love to know.
Just read this update on Rock Paper Shotgun . Basically they are keeping the service on life support which means it will continue to support GFWL games for now. No one knows what Microsoft ultimately intend to with the service, but my guess is they will relaunch it into something new at some point.