I assume all GFWL games will be shut down. RIP Dark Souls.
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its kind of bad news that these gfwl games (which a lot of them are pretty great!) are effectively going to be crippled and or possibly not work at all (without cracking) due to microsoft pulling the plug. hopefully most of these games get patched with steamworks or people find new means of playing them.
I'm guessing not.
This. I'm worried about my fav games that actually use this shit (IE Fallout 3)
So basically I have a year to play all my unfinished GFWL games. Fuck you MS for such a shitty service! What they should do is release a patch to remove GFWL authentication so that we can continue playing our games at least in offline mode.
How can they not patch in other server options?
AoE Online is a solid game. I would hate to be one of the people who spent a ton on all that DLC, only to have this happen.
Like let customers run their own servers
It's a PC game!
We've been running our own servers on PC games for more than a decade
The problem seemed to be that you couldn't even play the game short of logging in THEN pulling the plug on your internet or otherwise disabling it. However I do expect that at worst they could just patch out the need to use GFWL even if there's no online afterwards, the game was always more online augmented than online dependent anyway.
Can you save in Dark Souls when you're offline? I remember the message that warns about it when game loads.
If you can, it's not that big deal. Game is perfectly playable offline anyway.
Most - if not all - GFWL games simply will not let you play without first logging in, which is where the problem is.
As long as you can play offline/single player after this I only see it as a good thing.
HURRAY! Rest in hell GFWL.
Now focus on getting straight with Xbox, no time to waste!
As for me, I'm going to try and make the most of Dark Souls before the sequel comes out.
Yes there is a community.
Is this true...?
I mean I have yet to play the game on PC online, but do a lot of people play online on PC? I know a lot of people do on PS3.