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Games for Windows Live to close July 1, 2014

By Andytizer on Aug 19 2013 09:12 PM in News
The final nail in the coffin is revealed on the Age of Empires Online support page which states that Games for Windows Live will close July 1, 2014. However the page seems to have been edited around an hour after it was discovered and the information is no longer there. Luckily I caught the full screenshot here:

Attached Image: AOEO2.jpg

A NeoGAF user has posted a list of affected games that will be unavailable for purchase anywhere after the Games for Windows Marketplace closes on August 25, 2013 as well as those affected in some way by the service closure on July 1, 2014.
External URL: http://support.xbox.com/en-US/games/pc-games/age-of-empires-online-info



17 Comments

Thats like a year away :(

I wonder what this means for other GFWL games, e.g. Dark Souls, Fallout 3, etc. there's been no word on this yet.

So.. there is a god? He's a bit of a narcissist.

For reference I've updated the article with a link to a NeoGAF post detailing all known affected games.

Thanks Garrett that's a really useful link.

Would be interesting to get another source for that list of affected games.

Would be interesting to get another source for that list of affected games.

 

Try the Wikipedia page.

About damn time!

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Suicide machine
Aug 19 2013 10:22 PM
So that's why we've seen these few games moving to SteamWorks. My biggest concern is that games like Dark Souls won't be patched to use Steamworks and as a result, we won't be able to play them online past July 2014.

I'm not really concerned about Fallout 3 and other singleplayer games - I won't mind cracking them, if this is going to be necessary.


Oh, also, maybe we should add notes to GFWL titles, that weren't patched that playing this game may be impossible after July 2014 - so that people, who games and go look to PCGW before buying to check if a game supports widescreens etc. were aware of that?

Oh, and sorry.... I could have just edit the post.

I think this means a lot of games will just loose their online mode. I can't imagine Rockstar doing anything to maintain a PC port.

 

I'd prefer though if games that use GFWL, even singleplayer games like FO3, would get patched to remove it completely. There's no reason they should force legitimate customers to do more just to play a game.

GFWL has been a pain ever since it was first introduced, it's long overdue and I'm glad it's going to shut down. It was bloated and caused nothing but hassle for me each and every time I was forced to use it, here's hoping all if not most of the games that use GFWL patch it out.

I think that PCGamingWiki will most likely become an even more important hub for storing information on how to keep these games alive once GFWL disappears. I reckon we'll see renewed development in 'GFWL-removal' tools.

Oh, also, maybe we should add notes to GFWL titles, that weren't patched that playing this game may be impossible after July 2014 - so that people, who games and go look to PCGW before buying to check if a game supports widescreens etc. were aware of that?

 

I think it's best to wait until closer to that date. Some games are apparently being updated to use Steamworks (e.g. BioShock 2, Batman: Arkham City and Batman Arkham Asylum) so at least some cases will be resolved long before the deadline.

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Vacilastana
Aug 27 2013 08:54 PM

I wonder what happens to Grand Theft Auto IV, does its multiplayer become unplayable?

I wonder what happens to Grand Theft Auto IV, does its multiplayer become unplayable?

Multiplayer mods will likely come out if Rockstar doesn't do anything, but yes it will likely become unplayable for multiplayer.

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Jeth Calark
Aug 27 2013 09:17 PM

Now if only the Batman games drop that nasty Securom, and Halo games show up on Steam. One can hope now....

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KingCyrus20
Sep 02 2013 02:05 AM

This is a good change. One less DRM to worry about. Hopefully they don't replace it with something worse.

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