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As some of you folks may be aware there are a good deal of games that will play on Steam but still run off the Games for Windows Live back-end.  While in the past this has not been an issue (although being a pain in the ass to setup and play is an entirely different story) the future may not be so good.  If any of your games run on the Games for Windows Live service take note, while not official yet, we have word that Microsoft will be shutting the service down come July of this year.  What does this mean short term?  Nothing to be honest, but when the service does shut down, the game developer will need to covert it to Steamworks if you plan on playing it still (Multiplayer is 100% confirmed to need Steamworks, single player is in question still).

The good folks at Joystiq reached out to a few developers and publishers to see if they have already converted their game to Steamworks or perhaps plan to within the time frame we think they have before the service goes dead.  Here is the latest updated list.

Green = GFWL has been removed.
Blue = GFWL will be removed.
Red = No plans.
Purple = We’ve reached out but are still awaiting response.
(Colorblind version)

2K Games
BioShock 2 (Steamworks)

Fallout 3 (None. GFWL CD key requirement removed by Steam. Instructions are available for downloading and archiving DLC purchased through GFWL.)

Dark Void (No plans.)
Dead Rising 2 (No plans.)
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record (No plans.)
Lost Planet 2 (No plans.)
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition (No plans.)
Resident Evil 5 (No plans.)
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (No plans.)
Street Fighter X Tekken (No plans.)

Super Street Fighter IV / Arcade Edition (Steamworks)

DiRT 2 (No Comment.)
DiRT 3 (Steamworks)
F1 2010 (Steamworks)
F1 2011 (Steamworks)

Fuel (No Comment. Delisted from Steam.)
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising (No Comment.)
Operation Flashpoint: Red River (No Comment.)

Double Fine Productions
Iron Brigade (No plans.)


Fable 3 (No plans.)
Gears of War (No plans.)
Halo 2 (No plans.)
Microsoft Flight (No plans.)
Shadowrun (No plans.)
Tinker (No plans.)
Viva Piñata (No plans.)

Namco Bandai
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon – Enhanced Edition (Exploring options, but no set plans yet.)
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (Exploring options, but no set plans yet.)

Update: Namco Bandai descriptions altered from “will update” to “exploring options.”

Nordic Games
Red Faction: Guerrilla (Will strip GFWL. May replace with an existing service or develop its own.)

Rockstar Games
Grand Theft Auto IV + Episodes From Liberty City

The Club
Universe at War: Earth Assault
Virtua Tennis 4
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2

Shadow Planet Productions
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (Steamworks)

Signal Studios
Toy Soldiers (Can choose between GFWL or Steamworks)

Strategy First
Flatout: Ultimate Carnage

Square Enix
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

Twisted Pixel
Ms. Splosion Man (Steamworks. No timeline.)

Warner Bros

Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY (Steamworks)
Batman: Arkham City GOTY (Steamworks)
Gotham City Impostors (Steamworks)

Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection

Zombie Studios / Ignition Entertainment
Blacklight: Tango Down (No plans.)

The following games are extremely unlikely to be updated:

Quantum of Solace (Delisted. Publisher no longer has rights to franchise.)

Disney Interactive
Star Wars: Clone Wars – Republic Heroes (Original publisher [Lucasarts] Closed)
Tron: Evolution (Studio Closed)

Timegate Studios
Section 8 (Studio Closed)
Section 8: Prejudice (Studio Closed)

It is sad to say if one of your favorite games was developed or published by Microsoft it see’s zero chance of making the conversion to Steamworks.  If they only knew how many of us would play Gears of War again… If only.


  1. I think most of use expect the worst from both Microsoft and Capcom by now, but can either of them get away with eliminating all support for games people have paid good money for?

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