Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City ditching GFWL, saves will be wiped

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By on October 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

As Games for Windows LIVE slides slowly into the abyss (do not weep for it) more and more companies are realising they need to transition their games away from it if they want people to still be able to play them.

The latest pair of games to join this revolution are Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequel Batman: Arkham City, which Warner Bros and Rocksteady have announced will be ditching GFWL shortly.

“To make sure there is no interrupted service, we will be moving the game to Steam for verification and update services for both the Base and GOTY versions of Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Arkham City,” claims Rocksteady in this forum post.

“If you purchased either of the games on Steam all you have to do is let Steam download the latest patch and you will be fine. If you purchased the games somewhere else you will need to enter the code in Steam. Unfortunately, you will not be able to continue playing from your current save. You will need to start a new game.”

Fortunately, the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins was never going to use Games For Windows LIVE anyway, so everyone’s a winner.

Source: Thanks, Makena!

24 comments (Leave your own)
Anon. E. Moose

Oh nice, I should find my boxed copy of Arkham Asylum and activate it on Steam.

 

So first I get Bioshock 2′s Minerva’s den for free, now I get what missing DLC I had for Arkham city for free too…
Damn! I was happy enough to do away with this crappy GFWL DRM that from time-to-time outright prevented me from accessing my legally owned games and Securom – Can’t complain about free stuff to boot.

Also worth mentioning the Batman Games now have trading cards, so that’s another buck or so of free steam wallet for people like me who don’t care about that sort of fluff and sell them off at the first opportunity =)

 

Awkward, my brother is playing the DLC right now. :S It hasn’t been patched already has it? Can you start the DLC without having played the main game?

 

I _don’t_ think it’s already been patched, but I don’t know at all. I’d probably just wrap it up as fast as possible.

 

If it’s a major concern and it hasn’t patched yet, disable automagic updates while he’s working through it?

 

makena:
If it’s a major concern and it hasn’t patched yet, disable automagic updates while he’s working through it?

Assuming Steam doesnt force an update when you run the game, which it does most of the time.

 

I’ll just have to tell him he needs to try and finish it up asap. But again do you have to have played the main game before you can play the DLC? If you don’t then at least he’ll only have to restart the DLC and not the whole game again.

 

Never got the DLC, so I honestly can’t answer that I’m afraid.

 

It was patched like this for me this morning before work…
I didn’t have my Arkham Asylum saves and it was GFWL free.

 

Now all I need is Dark Souls GFWL free and my life will be complete…

This is great news. Two of my most favourite games, I’ll have to activate them on Steam when I get home. (I got the boxed editions)

 
Anon. E. Moose

exe3:
Awkward, my brother is playing the DLC right now. :S It hasn’t been patched already has it? Can you start the DLC without having played the main game?

Yeah you can, the DLC is a seperate selection in the main menu.

 

You can now buy the “Batman: Arkham City – Game of the Year Edition” – $7.50 or “Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition” – $5.00 on STEAM right now.

Offer only lasts for a couple of days.

I got the Arkham City one, woot.

 

It is possible to use your current saved games if you have the game on Steam. This guide in the Steam forums tells you how to do it. It requires some hex editing though.

 

I hope Capcom follows suit with their GFWL games.

Not sure what’s going to happen with Red Faction Guerilla with the change in ownership of the IP.

 

My main hopes are Dead Rising 2 and Dawn of War 2 getting fixed up with removing GFWL. I’m quite wary about DoW2 though as while CoH shows that relic are ready and willing there’s currently licensing issues. :( Just make it easy and get back the War40K license! I want DoW3! T_T

 

exe3:
Just make it easy and get back the War40K license! I want DoW3! T_T

You make that sound like they have a choice in the matter. Games Workshop seem intent on testing the waters with lots of minor, random developers instead of sticking with the tried and true DoW formula.

 

It does not work for an UK copy that I have from a steelbook so, um, ‘boo, bitch!’?

{shrugs}, no idea…

 
 

lorrydriver,

Any official word on the matter?

 

PinothyJ,

None so far, but people have been reporting the following:

Only CD Keys in this format will work XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

CD Keys in this format will NOT work XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

My GOTY edition has the 25-character key. :/

-EDIT-

Valve are aware of the situation.

http://steamcommunity.com/app/200260/discussions/0/810938810659179083/

 
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