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Drama Business Platform GTA IV has disappeared from Steam because of Games for Windows Live.

IbizaPocholo

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Rockstar has confirmed that the reason Grand Theft Auto IV is no longer available to purchase from Steam is its reliance on the Games for Windows Live (GFWL) platform, which it says Microsoft is “no longer supporting.” Although people who already own the game on Steam can continue to play it, the game’s “Add to Cart” button has disappeared from its Steam page, preventing users from buying a new copy.

Grand Theft Auto IV was originally created for the Games For Windows Live platform,” a spokesperson from Rockstar told The Verge. “With Microsoft no longer supporting Games For Windows Live, it is no longer possible to generate the additional keys needed to continue selling the current version of the game. We are looking at other options for distributing GTAIV for PC and will share more information as soon as we can.”
“It is no longer possible to generate the additional keys needed to continue selling the current version of the game”

GTAIV’s use of the Games for Windows Live platform has been causing issues for a little while now. Microsoft started winding down its PC gaming platform in 2013 with the closure of the Games for Windows Live store, but Rockstar has never fully patched the service out of its game. Although the game has continued to work, there are multiple forum posts and guides on the game’s Steam community page that explain how to overcome the hiccups the situation has created.

Before Rockstar confirmed that GFWL was to blame for GTAIV’s disappearance from Steam, there was some fun speculation to be had as to why it has happened. PC Gamer noted that expiring song licensing agreements could have been to blame (they caused a similar problem for Vice City back in 2012), while others guessed that Rockstar could have been preparing to sell the game exclusively through its own launcher.
 

PhoenixTank

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Oh god they were using GFWL to generate keys still?
I'd also forgotten that I don't own GTA IV on Steam. I'm off to download the install files and then patches from GameFront (!)
I'm almost feeling nostalgic for this dark age experience.

Edit: Securom servers are still online! Shocked.
 
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Shakka43

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Surprised it took them this long.
When I played it a year or so ago I had to use some offline sign in method, and some modification file to be able to play the Episodes From LC, it's ridiculous they were still selling a game that was practically unplayable without the users having to rely on third party fixes.

Hopefully they relist a cleaned up version in the near future.
 
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Godzilla Emu

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No, they will just rid it of GFWL and put it back up for sale again.
Spot on. Other publishers have done the same in the past. This could be a good thing if it was infected with legacy GFWL junk. As long as Rockstar put it back up on Steam with no cuts in the soundtrack (like they did with San Andreas), this is a positive thing. I'm surprised it's taken them this long.
 

theclaw135

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Decrepit and derided as it is, GFWL has not shut down.

Sadly GTA4 won't be the last we hear of this. Other GFWL games remain for sale on Steam.
 
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wait, so they havent rereleased the game after 12 years?

gta4 was far from being their best effort but cmon Rockstar you have rereleased the ps2 trilogy like 500 times already give some love to Niko and his fucking anniying cousin.
 

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Removed music, gfwl, broken camera above 60fps, broken dof at higher resolutions, blinking street lights, washed out colors...

I always preferred the 360 version despite lower resolution really. It displays all effects correctly at least
 

Shin

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This story is incomplete, the game also disappeared from Rockstar's own store (as reported by a Dutch website).
Whether it got re-added to the latter I don't know as I didn't re-read the article.
 
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Games for Windows Live client has also partially stopped working.. I purchased 3 prince of Persia games and Stalker and now the purchased/full game downloads tab does not load..
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