Authentication and multiplayer will still work tomorrow.
BY: DAN STAPLETON
JUNE 30, 2014
A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed that service for Games for Windows Live will continue "as normal" beyond tomorrow, contradicting the unintentionally posted shutdown date.
While Game Informer reported last week that owners of GFWL-enabled games would be able to continue to download and play games they'd previously purchased through the now-defunct Games for Windows Marketplace (which is separate and distinct from Games for Windows Live), this is the first Microsoft has said regarding DRM authentication for disc-based copies and multiplayer functionality for games that have not yet converted to other services. That list includes the PC versions of Dark Souls, Red Faction: Guerrilla, Resident Evil 5, and Bulletstorm, among others. The only game that will cease to function tomorrow, it seems, is Microsoft's own free-to-play Age of Empires Online.
This is a surprising development for Microsoft and Games for Windows Live. Between a complete lack of support in recent years, and a recent trend of games like Bethesda's Fallout 3, 2K's BioShock 2, and Warner Bros.' Batman: Arkham Asylum all receiving patches to remove GFWL support in favor of Steam or other services ahead of the presumed shutdown date, it seemed as though the end was upon us. It's important to note that Microsoft did not comment on how long service will continue in the future, so it's possible the date has simply been pushed back to allow for more developers to move their games off of GFWL before the plug is finally pulled.
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