Microsoft still planning to support Games for Windows Live as developers continue to jump ship

Games for Windows LIVE

By 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

12 comments (Leave your own)

problem with names include this
Xbox originally meant DirectX Box, as such it still makes sense from a Microsoft point of view to have the online Games system to be lumped together. Also while games still use DirectX then Microsoft is still technically at the forefront of PC Gaming, Mantle isn’t widely used yet.

 

I wish GFWL was never widely used …

In fact all “accounts” can bugger off when I get the game on steam.
In GTA IV I had a rockstar account, GFWL account and steam account just for 1 game.

Last night I went to play Sins of a solar empire and found I need a stardock account …why? it does nothing for me.

 

I love that I reinstalled Dead Rising 2 recently and GFWL was still working!

Was very sad about the closure of GFWL as the presence of gamerscore ensured that games that had it got a lot more playtime (and therefore a lot more fun out of me). I’d uninstalled my GFLW list of games, but this article gives me hope I haven’t come back to GFWL too late!

 

I dont see why people enjoy achievements, its a game? you play it for fun i thought.
just patch out that god aweful broken system so we can move on with our lives!
cant wait until this shit of a program is nothing but a memory.

 

Achievements encourage me to play a game in a way that I wouldn’t have otherwise. For me, it’s meant I’ve gone back to old games and found more fun and life in them than I ever would have before!

Plus, I like having an overarching number, it makes me want to game more (after just on three years of xbox live I hit 80k just as my son was born so it’s slowed down and is only 83k all these years later).

However, with that said, I love Raptr more than anything now. It tracks my Steam and XBL achievements (has issues with tracking my PS3 trophies) as well as tracks my hours and assigns me a ‘level’ for each game with Elite being the top.

Just a stat-whore at heart.

 

Murray Hibble:
Achievements encourage me to play a game in a way that I wouldn’t have otherwise. For me, it’s meant I’ve gone back to old games and found more fun and life in them than I ever would have before!

Plus, I like having an overarching number, it makes me want to game more (after just on three years of xbox live I hit 80k just as my son was born so it’s slowed down and is only 83k all these years later).

However, with that said, I love Raptr more than anything now. It tracks my Steam and XBL achievements (has issues with tracking my PS3 trophies) as well as tracks my hours and assigns me a ‘level’ for each game with Elite being the top.

Just a stat-whore at heart.

I too was the same at least for me the first time I really cared about “achievements” was for Team Fortress 2 and those were often so much fun to try and get with the bonus of getting a good unlock from it.

NOW however I do not care.

 

lexxbomb:
problem with names include this
Xbox originally meant DirectX Box, as such it still makes sense from a Microsoft point of view to have the online Games system to be lumped together. Also while games still use DirectX then Microsoft is still technically at the forefront of PC Gaming, Mantle isn’t widely used yet.

Mantle isn’t widely used becuase it’s only supported by a small selection of AMD cards lol. 7770 and above. It has to also support Nvidia cards and a larger amount of AMD cards for it to even start to take off. At least 3 years.

 

lemonater47: Mantle isn’t widely used becuase it’s only supported by a small selection of AMD cards lol. 7770 and above. It has to also support Nvidia cards and a larger amount of AMD cards for it to even start to take off. At least 3 years.

Even if Mantle doesn’t take off, it’s still done it’s job by helping to force Microsoft’s hand in bringing low-level API improvements to Direct X 12.

With that in mind, Mantle is supposed to be opened up eventually, whether nVidia and Intel decide to support it, is another matter entirely, Intel has the largest market share in PC GPU’s so they’re far more vital than nVidia in gaining market acceptance.

 

Just kill GFWL already.

 

PalZer0:
Just kill GFWL already.

http://www.trueachievements.com

This is a major community that do not want the GFWL service to end, myself included, as we have been sucked into the achievement whoring fever.

 

“achievement whoring”

It sounds so sad and depressing, the antithesis of the point of games.

In over 1200 hours of Dota 2 or the 3000+ games of Men of War .etc I’ve never once actually even wondered about achievements that might be attached to the games…

 

Achievements from GFWL are nothing more than a flag for nothing. There’s no real achievement there. To me it’s just a really bad DRM system that has achievements as a way to get people to continue to use a system that failed so badly most dev’s that use it are moving away from it.

Steam has achievements, and now raptr too so how about use those instead if you must…

 
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