Bioshock 2 replaces now dead GFWL with Steamworks


By on October 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm

One of the big questions when the Games For Windows Live service was shut down was what would happen to the games that used it. While Microsoft explained that it would remain intact, there would be no further updates – leading some to worry about a time when technology surpassed it enough to render it useless.

2K have worked out a more than suitable solution – Bioshock 2, which used GFWL to serve its multiplayer needs, will now use Steamworks instead – and the latest update removes GFWL to replace it with Steam’s service. Along with the implementation of Steamworks, the update also adds controller compatibility, Steam achievements, fine-tuned multiplayer (including quicker leveling up) and support for Big Picture mode.

Those who purchased a boxed copy of Bioshock 2, or purchased it from a digital platform other than Steam, can now activate their game’s 25 digit activation key in Steam, unlocking the game in their library. All games activated in this fashion will come with all of Bioshock 2‘s DLC, including the expansive Minerva’s Den DLC. If you’d like to learn more about the changes implemented in the update, you can read the official FAQ on 2K’s site.

Source: Thanks Makena

7 comments (Leave your own)

I am glad this game has had this change and without GFWL I may be inclined to actually finish the game without fear of losing my GFWL save games.


GFWL isn’t dead. GFWL marketplace is, they’re completely different. GFWL will be around until July 2014.



so… dead man walking?


Very generous with the key activation and the Minerva’s Den DLC… not that anyone’s playing the multi anymore which would have been something to draw me back.


Thanks very much for the info, just activated my retail copy.
I’ve always wanted to play minevera’s den too, heard lots of good things about it.


I love GFWL and will miss the achievements i didn’t get but FARK YES CONTROLLER COMPATIBILITY !!! why you no there at game launch, you make no sense :S


Typical. I head off to EB Expo and end up missing news like this.

What’s going to happen with existing unsold retail units though? These will still advertise GFWL front and centre and will still install from disc using GFWL unless they’re recalled for a packaging/disc update.

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