Apparently we'll still be able to play our vast library of GFWL games after July 1st.
By Liam Gilroy on June 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm
Following the closing down of Microsoft’s Games For Windows Marketplace last August, developers whose games utilised the service have been making a concerted effort to switch to another service – usually Steamworks. Even Microsoft Studios subsidiary Twisted Pixel is making the switch, recently announcing that an incoming update to the Steam version of Ms. Splosion Man will replace the Games For Windows Live service with Steamworks.
The new update will retain all of the game’s levels and online multiplayer and will even let players with current GFWL saves convert their saved games to the new Steamworks system.
Meanwhile we grow ever closer to the rumoured GFWL shutdown on July 1st, a rumour which – despite Microsoft’s claims of a renewed focus in PC gaming – is exacerbated when even second party developers stop using GFWL. Nevertheless, as Game Informer notes, Microsoft is still apparently committed to the GFWL service, as the software giant explained when asked about the rumoured shutdown:
We are continuing to support the Games for Windows Live service. As previously announced, as part of the retirement of Microsoft Points the Xbox.com PC marketplace was closed. Although customers are unable to purchase new games from the marketplace or receive title updates, they can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading them through the Games for Windows Live client as usual. We remain committed to investing in PC gaming in the years ahead, and look forward to sharing more in the future.
Here’s an idea for your future investments in PC gaming – maybe name your marketplace after the target platform, instead of naming it after a competitor? That might help. At least until your customers have to actually use GFWL.
Source: Game Informer