Games for Windows LIVE to be shut down completely in July 2014

Games for Windows LIVE Gravestone

By 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.

Source: Polygon

30 comments (Leave your own)

I guess a number of games won’t be playable without cracks.

Also someone better check if Mellie is ok! He might take this news hard!

 

I hope the games that use GFWL will get patched or something otherwise what? My completely legitimately purchased games are no longer useable for no good reason? People have warned of these dangers for years ye most haven’t listened, we may finally be seeing those dark predictions finally coming true.

 

I’m just worried my MP won’t work, especially for DiRT 2 :(.

 

exe3,

Steam/Valve is going to have a shitstorm on their hands if they – or someone – don’t patch these games to be functional.
In other news did anyone else get a couple of hundred megabyte update on Bioshock 2 this morning and see the new steam achievements….? ;)

 

stoibs,

Some games are more likely to get patched than others. Like I could see DoW2 getting patched since Relic have already done the process in patching a game to Steamworks with CoH but something like Dead Rising 2? Very 50/50 there.

Also Valve can’t patch these games to use Steamworks (they’re not their games afterall) so it’s not up to them though a lot of rage will be directed at them so I wonder whether or not they’d try to get the developers to do it themselves.

 

I really hope Dark Souls, and Batman Arkham games get some sort of patch, because would be extremely sad to see them become bricked games because of no servers.

 

exe3,

If you read the TOS, then you would know that yu do not own the games, and rather are simply subscribing to them. There for, they CAN cut you off.

 
mattsniper360

I hope they fix gta4 to work without gfwl!

 

Tin foil hats = 1

Corporate fan boys = 0

 

Why is it when people assume TOS is the be all and end all of everything

jagji:
exe3,

If you read the TOS, then you would know that yu do not own the games, and rather are simply subscribing to them. There for, they CAN cut you off.

TOS does not override law.
If any game that uses GFWL was purchased after 1st Jan 2011 is protected under Australian Consumer Law, and as digital purchases are protected under ACL you are entitled to a full refund if no measures are taken into account to remove the dependance of GFWL

 

jagji,

1. What does the law say because the law>TOS.

2. Still doesn’t make it right.

 

spannerman:
Why is it when people assume TOS is the be all and end all of everything

TOS does not override law.
If any game that uses GFWL was purchased after 1st Jan 2011 is protected under Australian Consumer Law, and as digital purchases are protected under ACL you are entitled to a full refund if no measures are taken into account to remove the dependance of GFWL

thanks for that i didnt know it.
having said that: DIE YOU BASTARD! i will pee on the grave of gfwl :)

 

mattsniper360:
I hope they fix gta4 to work without gfwl!

I believe that there is something called Xliveless.

 

A few games (Batman, BioShock) are getting patched, so hopefully others like Fallout 3 and Dark Souls also get patches.

 

Luckily GFWL is pretty damn easy to disable. But you shouldn’t have to.

 

stoibs:
exe3,

Steam/Valve is going to have a shitstorm on their hands if they – or someone – don’t patch these games to be functional.
In other news did anyone else get a couple of hundred megabyte update on Bioshock 2 this morning and see the new steam achievements….? ;)

i noticed it updating, thought it was odd lol that explains why!

Anyway, god i hope they do fix this shit up so games that needed Windows live can still be playable. Arkham city, fallout 3/NV, etc. :O

 
NoobyMcNoobnoob

gonna miss my dr2 dr2otr multiplayer

 

The only games I played using GFWL were Gears of War and Fallout (always played Arkham series on PS3). A little fiddly but I guess I was lucky I didn’t have that abortion experience many others had.

 

ding dong the witch is dead! which old witch? the wicked witch!

 

Well… There is no point in me purchasing AFL Live GOTY Edition now is there!!!
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AFL-Live-GOTY-Edition-PC-/320934932343?pt=AU_PC_Video_Games_Games&hash=item4ab9366f77

 
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