2K strips GFWL from BioShock 2 Steam re-release

BioShock 2 re-released on Steam alongside game's DLC, with support for controllers, achievements, and Big Picture mode.

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BioShock 2 and its DLC, including the critically acclaimed Minerva's Den expansion, has been rereleased on Steam following Microsoft's closure of its Games for Windows Live Marketplace in August.

Porting the game to Steamworks was handled by Digital Extremes, 2K said on its blog, and the new Steam version of the game arrives with controller compatibility, Steam achievements, and support for Big Picture mode.

Additionally, the game's multiplayer has been tweaked to allow players to search for any game as opposed to specific modes, and levelling up will also require fewer experience points.

2K adds that players who purchased BioShock 2 through an alternative digital platform will also be able to activate the game on Steam, by redeeming the original product key purchased at the time. Activating BioShock 2 on Steam will also give players access to the multiplayer map packs, Protector Trials and Minerva's Den DLC.

BioShock 2, which was not developed by BioShock and BioShock Infinite developer Irrational Games, was released in 2010, and the PC version required the use of Microsoft's Games for Windows Live service up until now.

"BioShock 2 is a beautiful and disturbing return to Rapture," said GameSpot in its 8.5 review of the game at the time.

Discussion

142 comments
Iranazi
Iranazi

I hope Bethesda do the same with Fallout 3

olikuk
olikuk

I like you 2K.. i liiiike your style!

wildkeny
wildkeny

How about the Mac version?

chronocommander
chronocommander

Great news! Any idea if the online GFWL saves are preserved?

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Finally, Controller Support! Thank you Gaming Gods!!!!!!!!!

Elann2008
Elann2008

2K has my respect but I wish they did this a long time ago.  Never too late, I guess.  Now, I only wish every developer/publisher followed suit.  I'm looking at you guys at From Software.  I know that Dark Souls 2 is just around the corner, but if you strip GFWL and implement Steam infrastructure into it.. that would be amazing.  I'm wishful thinking but yeah.. would be cool

Zatto-1
Zatto-1

I wish every drm was stripped from every game that exists.

Mega_Loser_2
Mega_Loser_2

now namco need to do the same for dark souls.

the only problem i see is that the save games need to be converted or they don't work. so it's hard.

doable, but hard.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Good!

I always pronounce it as Goffel (god awful) or God Fucking aWfuL 

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

This made my day! This and finally testing Xcom EU to see what all the fuss is about. I will never doubt in 2K ever again.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

It's good to see devs doing something to support old games to ensure the online side doesn't just disappear entirely or the game become unplayable.

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

Bioshock 2 > Bioshock Infinite

Minerva's Den is the peak of the series.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I never did play the Minerva's Den DLC so I may pick this up on a sale now.

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

finally I can now add this to my list in steam can't wait for others to follow suit

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

Just confirmed, my retail key from the Bioshock 2 box worked on steam. :D

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

Yes!  It is a pain installing on Windows 8 with GFWL.  Very happy they're allowing our original product keys to work with steam.

al-hasan-faroq2
al-hasan-faroq2

There are these die hard enthusiasts who live and die by the mouse/keyboard setup, which I personally do not get and that's fine, but developing a game that is not compatible with a game controller is well...stupid.

Catz_03
Catz_03

Hope R* takes out the gfwl stuff out off gta iv.

DoKtOr_Zhule
DoKtOr_Zhule

Great news, i'm buying it! But, how about multiplayer, is anyone still playing it??

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Totally off-topic. You know what would be great? A Steam release of RE4 HD. With achievements.

baxwam
baxwam

I like this game. If only games for windows live didn't fuck up my save files half way through the game. 

cyberarmy
cyberarmy

Good riddance GFWL, good friggin riddance!

mkaliaz
mkaliaz

Its showing Minerva's Den as owned on my account even though I never bought it. Was not expecting that.

thermalmotion
thermalmotion

This is a great move, still can't get myself to finish this game though...

chatphon
chatphon

good news, ... i'm hoping this would happen with Fallout 3 goty... and other great games

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator moderator

Awesome news. I wish this was done before I played it through GFWL and had to deal with the save issue among others :( 

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Update: Good job Digital Extremes! Controller support is buttery smooth and I like how you based the controls on BioShock 1. Muchos Gracias!!!

twztid13
twztid13

@Zatto-1 I hope you aren't saying that's what happened in this case...?

javalino
javalino

@Mega_Loser_2 they didnt have enough experience in PC to do this, they barely got the versino out. But it sureley will not be in DSII

DarkAztaroth
DarkAztaroth

@Evanrocknuma Isn't it ironic that you have trouble installing games with ''Games for Windows live'' on ... the newest Windows version ?... XD

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@al-hasan-faroq2 How Old are you, kid?

 FPS were originally developed for PC's LONG before they came to consoles.

Google Doom and Wolfenstein 3-D, and then get back to us about your special knowledge.

Derpalon
Derpalon

@al-hasan-faroq2 You talk as if the first person shooter genre isn't made for a mouse and keyboard. For the record, the FPS genre made its debut on PCs. Only a die-hard console fanboy would deny the fact that mouse and keyboard offer much greater precision controls for shooters. You are willfully handicapping yourself by playing the PC version with a controller. There is a reason why controllers have to use auto aim while mouse and keyboard controls often don't even provide it as an option.

rob316gold2
rob316gold2

@mkaliaz Well a news report stated that minerva's Den would be free to all steam users

ksdlass
ksdlass

@Sefrix I didn't play 2 because of GFWL. Now I will :D

Also the news that GFWL is shutting down is a double edged sword for me because I didn't buy Dark Souls when it was on sale on steam recently cos of GFWL :(.

Zatto-1
Zatto-1

@twztid13 @Zatto-1 I mean like a patch or something to remove drm on existing games and that future games are free from any drm.

DarkAztaroth
DarkAztaroth

@focuspuller @texasgoldrush Well Infinite was pretty short and the audio stuff (the recordings to find) were pretty damn horrible, the game itself wasn't so bad, areas looked pretty good, but I had to rate them from best to worst I still go 1>2>3 :S

I have to say though that the third game's end failed to impress me as I had watched the anime Noein like 2 days before playing it and it made me kind of expect the ending.

al-hasan-faroq2
al-hasan-faroq2

@TheWatcher000 @al-hasan-faroq2 

OH you are so right!! Thank you! Your brilliant. Your smart. Your intelligent. I love your knowledge. You are the Watcher, and what an impression you have made! Thank you for educating me on gaming history and the use of controllers, mouse, and keyboard. What is Wallenstein 3-D? Is that a game?  Would the Watcher consider the Watcher to be the ultimate gamer of all time? I remember buying games from Funcoland and thinking wow, I love my mouse and keyboard! Do you take your mouse and keyboard with you everywhere, just in case you need to play Wallenstein 3-D? Thanks for replying lets try and keep in touch ok pal? 

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

@rob316gold2 @mkaliaz Cool, as I purchased Bioshock 2 day one when it first hit Steam.  I may have to download the game and run through it and the DLC again.  It was a great game and have been looking for an excuse to run through it again.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator moderator

@ksdlass Oh bummer. I'm conflicted on whether to play it now or not. I'd hate for hit to go into limbo when GFWL is shut down but I also don't want to play it just to have it switched over either.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@toddx77 @hector530 Yea it predated GFWL. GFWL was a concept MS introduced around the advent of Windows 7 to make Windows a more unified gaming platform, so that they were tied together by a "Service". And it failed because Steam continued to crush it.

al-hasan-faroq2
al-hasan-faroq2

@TheWatcher000 You make me feel so warm and fuzzy inside Watcher, you truly are the gamer I imagined you were! Glad to hear you game on all the systems out the, you are BAD BAD MAN! Just keep up the gaming Watcher, you will one day be the most knowledgeable, intelligent, and proficient gamer to pick up a controller, or in your case a mouse and keyboard! Good work keeping us informed on all of the important details here, very valuable stuff indeed! 

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@al-hasan-faroq2 @TheWatcher000 Well, this unimpressive attempt at some kind of clever retort certainly doesn't display that you know Fuck All of what you're talking about, but thanks for the attempt.  It's adorable to see primates try to swing back and miss horribly.

It just makes you look even like MORE of an uniformed child than you were before.  Did you Google Funcoland so you could make yourself sound old school and knowledgeable?

Now do you have anything intelligent to add, or do you just want to beat your chest, throw feces around the sandbox, and have even more egg on your face than before?

Again, the Mouse/Keyboard setup is what FPS were originally and still are designed for.  I know that you can't handle this knowledge because you're a console cabbage head who can't nuance, but FPS will always be a superior experience with that setup.

I play both, and there is no question that ANY person with a functioning brain stem knows that particular setup works better.  Mouse/Keyboard is not some exclusive niche for "die-hard enthusiasts", it's pretty much the Standard for the best FPS experience.

Many console players have been lobbying Sony and Microsoft for YEARS to include moue/keyboard support in their consoles, but they refuse to listen.

Probably because people like you would have an aneurism if they did.

Designing a game that is not as tailored to your specific needs is not stupid.  

And there are plenty of FPS on the Market that cater to controller needy lambs like yourself, so please, get over it, #dealwithit, and move on.

There's a good dog.