Microsoft sneaks announcement into Age of Empires Online FAQ page, then removes it.
By Tim Colwill on August 20, 2013 at 9:06 am
The three people on God’s Green Gaming Earth who enjoy using Microsoft’s GFWL service will be saddened to hear today that the company is planning to pull the plug in July 2014.
According to a post on the Age of Empires Online support page, Microsoft will shutter the service and render Age of Empires Online unplayable.
The post, which has now been very curiously removed, was spotted by Polygon, and read:
Games for Windows Live will be discontinued on July 1, 2014. Although it is available through Steam, Age of Empires Online requires features of the Games for Windows Live service. You can continue to enjoy all the features of Age of Empires Online as the service will remain 100% operational until July 1, 2014 when the server will shut down.
We learned on Friday that the GFWL Marketplace was shutting down, but at the time Microsoft insisted that the system would remain in operation. Now it seems they may have accidentally revealed the service is, in fact, on a limited lifespan.
What this will mean for other GFWL games such as the original Arkham Asylum is unclear (although Arkham Origins, very wisely, is opting to use Steamworks instead).
There has been no updated statement from Microsoft.