Each of these companies 2K, Warner and so forth is bound by contract to keep gfwl in their games until the service is no longer viable. Frankly, Microsoft can ill afford more bad press at this point. They desperately tried to sell an always on drm solution for the Xbox One and very few people bought into the idea. Announcing the closure of gfwl before the Xbox One launches could potentially create more bad press and distrust in a time when Microsoft is desperately trying to recover ground.
The contract thing doesn't make much sense when other games from those publishers have moved to Steamworks though. Unless it is existing titles only.
You know, I don't think it's taking a lot of time because there's that much work to do; more likely it's just something one or two persons at most are working on, and just when they are not busy with more important stuff.This is taking forever, I don't understand how can take so much effort, GFWL is like a cancer in the games code or something.
I am basing my assumption on the fact that no existing gfwl title to date has patched the drm out.
I have looked for the better part of the last 30 minutes and cannot find a single instance of gfwl being removed from an existing title. Keep in mind I am not talking about sequels or new games.
You know, I don't think it's talking a lot of time because there's that much work to do; more likely it's just something one or two persons at most are working on, and just when they are not busy with more important stuff.
Well, that's my guess. I could be wrong, of course.
The only thing I heard about Warners and GFWL was that they had a contract with Microsoft to have GFWL in all of their Batman games but their was no proof for this. However Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Gotham City Impostors all had GFWL in them and GCI had its GFWL patched out when it went F2P, or essentially they changed over to a F2P version and changed it all to Steamworks at the same time. Origins is also going to be completely Steamworks with no GFWL so maybe now's the time when they can remove it.
Did they add Steam Achievements page for it like Arkham Asylum? AA hasn't been updated in a long time but it will obviously be getting some as it has a Steam achievement page now.
Would it really be that difficult to implement the same changes in the standard version? Kind of makes no sense the way they are (apparently) doing this right now.
I actually don't expect WB to update the vanilla versions as it's the very same company that pulled the individual pieces of Batman: AC DLC from the store when the GOTY version launched, forcing those who hadn't purchased it all to buy a new product if they wanted the rest.
I regret the day I bought bioshock infinite on PC, and I got the fancy pants version with the statue, haven't even broken the seal yet and may sell it (as the one time use DRM goodness that is a steam activation hasn't been used.)
If people want to buy games they don't own on steam digitally that's cool I guess. But I can't stand how physical retail games have been steam crippled via steamworks, so as to effectively turn it into a useless coaster after the first use. I like to own my games, and I would have preferred to have a non steam/drm installer instead of being punished as a consumer because it's assumed I am a pirate.
Nope, nothing is being done with it. The vanilla versions of Asylum and City aren't being updated, either: only the GOTY flavours are.
Yes they are. my vanilla AA has a Steam achievements page & it was months ago but they renamed vanilla AA to Game of the Year Edition. I imagine there will be an upgrade option to people who own the standard version.
You know, being old games and all, they could also be kind and just update every single copy to the GOTY edition. As an "apology for the little inconvenience with GFWL" and so on.Will they offer an upgrade path? I don't know. Up until now they've been content with just adding another entry into your Steam library.
Any chance that SecuROM will ever get removed from Bioshock 1? lol
For the Retail, GamersGate (Windows), and Amazon (Windows) versions of BioShock, SecuROM DRM is enabled.
No. There are still two separate entries for Arkham Asylum and AA: GOTY and there are people, like me, who still only have the non-GOTY version.
You know, being old games and all, they could also be kind and just update every single copy to the GOTY edition. As an "apology for the little inconvenience with GFWL" and so on.
Giving DLCs away for free? CRAZY, I KNOW! Especially looking at some monetization strategies from some of these publishers, but when you think about it, that's essentially what Valve and CD Projekt do for every single one of their games.
How do you know this work is being done?
Me too :|
In my case (see photo evidence above) they wouldn't actually be giving anything away as I already have the DLC :|
I'm really looking forward to the Bioshock 2 update. I have yet to play Minerva's den, and would like to use a controller, but will the removal of GFWL render my Minerva's Den useless?
BS2 has terrible controller support, unless I missed something and that's getting updated as well.I'm really looking forward to the Bioshock 2 update. I have yet to play Minerva's den, and would like to use a controller, but will the removal of GFWL render my Minerva's Den useless?
BS2 has terrible controller support, unless I missed something and that's getting updated as well.
No analog movement. It's really really awful.