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Grief.exe
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(10-17-2013, 06:16 PM)
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Warner seems to be having multiple issues with updating the game, from retail activation to GFWL removal patches. Stay patient until they iron out the details.



Updates

Failed to Contact Key Server (Oct. 20, 2013)

This issue has been resolved.

Please exit Steam, restart your computer, and log back into your account.

This should allow you to launch the game.

Registering CD keys

We are aware of the issue some users are experiencing when attempting to register CD keys (retail, GFWL, etc) and are investigating this issue further. We thank you for your patience.

  • Changes apply to the GOTY versions, the registry apps for the Vanilla versions were never touched
  • GFWL removed from both versions
  • Securom removed from both versions (personally confirmed for AC)
  • Achievements added to AA
  • Mac version added to AC
  • Retail versions should now activate on Steam (Warner looking into retail key activations, GMG looking into their keys)
  • If you owned the vanilla versions of AA or AC, the GOTY version will now be added to your account for free
  • Trading cards added to both games
  • Saves are not compatible (see bottom for potential fix)

Original Thread: Steam Versions Batman:AA/AC & Bioshock 2 Adding Achievements, Removing GFWL/Securom?
Steam Data Base Page: http://steamdb.info/app/200260/#section_info

I've been waiting for this for a long time now. After Bioshock 2's patch dropped, it was just a matter of time.

Important Batman Arkham Announcement

OCTOBER 17 - ERIK.MILLER

Dear Batman Arkham Fans - Microsoft has begun the process of closing down Windows Live services over the next year. To make sure there is no interrupted service, we will be moving the game to Steam for verification and update services for both the Base and GOTY versions of Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Arkham City.

If you purchased either of the games on Steam all you have to do is let Steam download the latest patch and you will be fine.

If you purchased the games somewhere else you will need to enter the code in Steam. (You can find steps to do this on the bottom of this.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to continue playing from your current save. You will need to start a new game.

Going forward you do not have to worry about where you stored that disc. If you switch computers or go to a friend’s house you simply need to download Steam, log into your account, then go to the library and select to install your game.

The following link can be used to learn more about Steam and to download Steam:

http://store.steampowered.com/about/

To enter your CD Key in Steam please do the following:

1. Click ADD A GAME....

2. Select Activate a Product on Steam..

3. Click Next.

4. Click I Agree.

5. Enter your CD Key and select next once the game finishes downloading you will be able to play the game.

http://steamcommunity.com/games/2002...17119598626547

Crash Fixes:

Manually reinstall DirectX from Microsoft's website
Run in Windowed Mode to start
Back up save files and delete cloud-saves

Restore GFWL Saves:

Originally Posted by Small tool to convert save games. Removes GFWL headers

http://steamcommunity.com/app/200260...8810604990605/

I've made two small programs to easily strip the first 387/407 bytes (depending on the game) of the savegames:
https://drive.google.com/folderview?...p=sharing#list

Arkham Asylum:

Originally Posted by drizzle

Grief, sorry to spam the thread, but here's what I did:

Batman: Arkham Asylum Regular GFWL Edition to New Batman:Arkham Asylum Steamworks

  • grab <profilename>save0.sgd (if you don't have <profilename> on your save file, it doesn't matter. Use that safe file anyway).
  • go to position 0x0184 (that's the fifth place in the 25th line of your hex editor. There's a place that tells which position you are. Figure it out, it's not hard)
  • delete everything prior to that location
  • overwrite the save (you made a backup first, right?)
  • remove <profilename> from the save file, if you have it.
  • open the game once, start a new game on the save slot where your game was saved in
  • make sure the game saves at least once
  • quit the game
  • open C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<userid>\35140\
  • delete remotecache.vdf
  • enter C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<userid>\35140\remote
  • start the game and STOP on the loader. Do not click START GAME on the loader.
  • overwrite save0.gsd with your hexedited save file from before
  • start the game

Batman: Arkham City Regular GFWL Edition to New Batman:Arkham City Steamworks
  • grab <profilename>save0.sgd (if you don't have <profilename> on your save file, it doesn't matter. Use that safe file anyway).
  • open in a hex editor and HEX Search for 00:00:03:00
  • delete everything prior to the only search hit
  • overwrite the save (you made a backup first, right?)
  • remove <profilename> from the save if you have it
  • open the game once, start a new game on the save slot where your game was saved in
  • make sure the game saves at least once
  • quit the game
  • open C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<userid>\200260\
  • delete remotecache.vdf
  • enter C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<userid>\200260\remote
  • start the game and STOP on the loader. Do not click START GAME on the loader.
  • overwrite save0.gsd with your hexedited save file from before
  • start the game

Underlined step is to go around the cloud save sync that steam does. If you overwrite the save file before opening the game, Steam will just pull whatever was in the cloud (sometimes) and fuck it all up.

Italics Is the only different step from each game.

It's a more complex step-by-step, but I suck at explaining things in a concise manner.

Edit: Fixed the folders

Arkham City:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/200260...8810549705289/

[How to!] Use old GFWL savegame in Steamwork version
Backup C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<userid>\200260\remote
Your GFWL savegame have your GFWL username as prefix.
<GFWLusername>-save#.sgd
Delete all files EXCLUDING these files: (remember the folder backup)
profile.bin and <GFWLusername>-save#.sgd
Open with a HEX editor the savefile you want <GFWLusername>-save#.sgd
Lets say Sharkiller-save0.sgd
Image Search Type HEX: 00 00 00 03 00
Image Select all the text BEFORE the searched text
Image And delete.
Save and remove your gfwl usename from the file. "save0.sgd"
Open the game and you have your working savegame there.

Tips
Don't mix patched with unpatched savefiles or the game could crash.
I'm using Hex Workshop but here's a free one:
http://www.softpedia.com/progDownloa...oad-35737.html

Another posible locations for the savegames
Arkham City
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<userid>\57400\remote
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<userid>\200260\remote
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\WB Games\Batman Arkham City\SaveData
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\WB Games\Batman Arkham City GOTY\SaveData

Arkham Asylum
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<userid>\35010\remote
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<userid>\35140\remote
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\Batman Arkham Asylum\SaveData
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\Batman Arkham Asylum GOTY\SaveData

Final location of patched savegames
Arkham City
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<userid>\200260\remote
Arkham Asylum
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<userid>\35140\remote

Last edited by Grief.exe; 10-21-2013 at 03:23 PM.
MehsterChief
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(10-17-2013, 06:18 PM)
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Finally! Time to go through AA again
Adnor
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(10-17-2013, 06:18 PM)
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BigDug13
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(10-17-2013, 06:18 PM)
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So what does this change exactly? I was able to skip past whatever GFWL garbage those games had already and play it fine, so will this change something significant?
Nokterian
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(10-17-2013, 06:18 PM)
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Whooooooooo!!

Derrick01
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(10-17-2013, 06:18 PM)
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Is it just AA for right this second? I have AC installed and haven't received a patch yet.
Papytendo
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(10-17-2013, 06:19 PM)
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But I like GFWL!
moltonasty
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(10-17-2013, 06:19 PM)
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Great news. Though I did like how with GFWL my achievements would get added to my XBL gamerscore. THE ONLY thing I'll miss about the death of GFWL.
Nokterian
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(10-17-2013, 06:19 PM)
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Originally Posted by BigDug13

So what does this change exactly? I was able to skip past whatever GFWL garbage those games had already and play it fine, so will this change something significant?

GFWL is totally removed just like Bioshock 2. No hurdle with that horrific software anymore.
Grief.exe
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(10-17-2013, 06:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by Derrick01

Is it just AA for right this second? I have AC installed and haven't received a patch yet.

AC patch is still pending.

Originally Posted by Adnor

haha I just made that gif last night in HD.

Glad to see its already proliferating through the internet. That is my single favorite gif for this kind of thing.
fantomena
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(10-17-2013, 06:20 PM)
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Finally. Redownloading AA now.
kulapik
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(10-17-2013, 06:21 PM)
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Originally Posted by Papytendo

But I like GFWL!

This should be bannable.
LiK
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(10-17-2013, 06:21 PM)
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Steam cheevos
morningbus
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(10-17-2013, 06:21 PM)
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Well, I know what games I'm replaying after Bioshock 2.
Derrick01
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(10-17-2013, 06:21 PM)
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Originally Posted by Grief.exe

AC patch is still pending.

Ah damn it, figures. Oh well I'll download AA now and get to it some other time.
r3n4ud
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(10-17-2013, 06:22 PM)
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Originally Posted by morningbus

Well, I know what games I'm replaying after Bioshock 2.

A playthrough of the Serious Sam series?
PikaZeroX
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(10-17-2013, 06:22 PM)
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So no more activation limits?
Nokterian
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(10-17-2013, 06:22 PM)
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Just downloaded AA patch..gonna fire the game up!
Grief.exe
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(10-17-2013, 06:23 PM)
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AC patch just went live
  • about a minute ago Changed Depots
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matrix-cat
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(10-17-2013, 06:23 PM)
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Awesome! Thanks for keeping us all updated throughout this whole thing, man.
red731
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(10-17-2013, 06:23 PM)
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Holy shit I am just downloading AC ~92MB patch!
Skilletor
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(10-17-2013, 06:23 PM)
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Originally Posted by Adnor

Perfect.

LOL
solarus
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(10-17-2013, 06:24 PM)
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So is my dlc purchased safe? I can't remember if the dlc had to be activated through gfwl and I'll be pissed if I lose it all. Anyone know?
TronLight
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(10-17-2013, 06:24 PM)
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YES.

Reinstalling Arkham City now, buying Arkham Asylum later.
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(10-17-2013, 06:24 PM)
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Grief.exe
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(10-17-2013, 06:24 PM)
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You should also be able to activate retail copies on Steam now
Lostconfused
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(10-17-2013, 06:25 PM)
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Cloud Saves?
Felix Lighter
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(10-17-2013, 06:26 PM)
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GOTY and standard editions?
Angel Abaddon
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(10-17-2013, 06:26 PM)
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Anyone found out if Securom is gone for AC?
red731
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(10-17-2013, 06:26 PM)
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GFWL is gone as are my SAVES.

Time to replay!
Quentyn
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(10-17-2013, 06:26 PM)
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I just tried to activate a GFWL AC key I got from GMG. Does not work yet.
KaizorPenguin
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(10-17-2013, 06:26 PM)
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So Grief, what the hell are you going to do now? :D
Grief.exe
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(10-17-2013, 06:26 PM)
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  • GFWL/Securom removed from both versions.
  • Achievements added to AA
  • Mac version added to AC
  • Retail versions should now activate on Steam (still needs confirmation)

Originally Posted by solarus

So is my dlc purchased safe? I can't remember if the dlc had to be activated through gfwl and I'll be pissed if I lose it all. Anyone know?

If you purchased your DLC through GFWL, then it is gone.

Warner not as cool as 2K it would seem.

Edit for clarification:

Originally Posted by Grief.exe

If you bought them through Steam you will be fine, they are added to your registry app.

Last edited by Grief.exe; 10-17-2013 at 06:35 PM.
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(10-17-2013, 06:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by Angel Abaddon

Anyone found out if Securom is gone for AC?

Securom is gone. It can't function without a CDkey present.
Lulubop
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(10-17-2013, 06:27 PM)
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Ok, now I'll buy your game... well the next time it's on sale.
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(10-17-2013, 06:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by PikaZeroX

So no more activation limits?

Nokterian
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(10-17-2013, 06:27 PM)
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Can confirm it is removed..but lost my save game so need to start all over again this is with AA.
r3n4ud
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(10-17-2013, 06:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by Lulubop

Ok, now I'll buy your game... well the next time it's on sale.

So..now?
CosmicQueso
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Originally Posted by Lulubop

Ok, now I'll buy your game... well the next time it's on sale.

Uhm... It is on sale.

Originally Posted by Grief.exe

If you purchased your DLC through GFWL, then it is gone.

Warner not as cool as 2K it would seem.

Oh just give it a minute.
loganclaws
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(10-17-2013, 06:28 PM)
Activating my retail copy of AA is not working.
Tesseract
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(10-17-2013, 06:28 PM)
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the 4 year wait is over, welcome home batman. i'm going in almost blind, will post impressions later.
solarus
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Originally Posted by Grief.exe

  • GFWL/Securom removed from both versions.
  • Achievements added to AA
  • Mac version added to AC
  • Retail versions should now activate on Steam (still needs confirmation)



If you purchased your DLC through GFWL, then it is gone.

Warner not as cool as 2K it would seem.

I bought the dlc through the steam store but I'm sure it activated through gfwl, fuck if I lost all that it really sucks, money down the drain.
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Originally Posted by KaizorPenguin

So Grief, what the hell are you going to do now? :D

There are still lots of games with GfWL.
hlhbk
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(10-17-2013, 06:28 PM)
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So were the Steam Achievements just added to AA today?
morningbus
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(10-17-2013, 06:28 PM)
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Originally Posted by r3n4ud

A playthrough of the Serious Sam series?

I said games, sir.
Lulubop
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Originally Posted by r3n4ud

So..now?

Yes.
Gareth Bale
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(10-17-2013, 06:28 PM)
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Arkham City isn't activating on Steam for me
Angel Abaddon
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Originally Posted by Nabs

Securom is gone. It can't function without a CDkey present.

Amazing. Now to decide if I risk burning myself out by playing through both, just AC, or waiting the week for Origins.
Felix Lighter
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(10-17-2013, 06:29 PM)
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Originally Posted by Grief.exe

If you purchased your DLC through GFWL, then it is gone.

Warner not as cool as 2K it would seem.

I guess that's one way to handle the DLC problem.
Grief.exe
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(10-17-2013, 06:29 PM)
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Originally Posted by KaizorPenguin

So Grief, what the hell are you going to do now? :D

Fade back into the shadows.

Originally Posted by Nabs

Securom is gone. It can't function without a CDkey present.

This.

All of these changes were essentially confirmed months ago when they added the CD Key removal from the Windows registry and on game start up.

Neither GFWL or Securom can properly function without a key.

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