DiRT 3 PC abandoning Games for Windows Live

Codemasters working to transition DiRT 3 from GFWL to Steamworks, but change might not happen until 2014.

The PC version of Codemasters' racing game DiRT 3 will abandon Microsoft's Games for Windows Live service, the publisher has announced.

2011's DiRT 3 will instead shift to Valve's Steamworks, which the developer used for its more recent games GRID 2 and F1 2013.

When asked on Twitter if the developer is looking to shift the game and its downloadable content to Steam, the developer replied "we are working on it but it may not be until the new year."

DiRT 3 joins the likes of BioShock 2 and Batman: Arkham City, which have already transitioned away from GFWL.

Microsoft announced in August that it would be closing the Games for Windows Live service in July 2014.

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sotired
sotired

So awesome! I just tried installing and running DiRT 3 through Steam. It automatically installed GFWL, crashed about a billion times (give or take a few hundred thousand), and never did run successfully.

The good news is that my PC now has a ton of crap on it and I totally wasted my money. So, there's that.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

Seriously, they also need to allow for us to be able to play offline to. Arkham Asylum adn City are SO MUCh BETTER without GFWL. my god. Its like i actually am enjoying playing it knowing my saves are ok...holy F($*#G Christ.

timeformime
timeformime

YES! I have a reason to go finish up this game now, and hopefully I'll be able to get the Monte Carlo track pack for under $10 now. Those tracks look absolutely gorgeous.

JPL1982
JPL1982

I'm starting Batman : Arkham Origins on my PC, GFWL is not here, it doesn't appear at all...I don't want to play it, I'll buy the 360 versions instead...I realise that without achievements, I don't have any thrill...

shreddyz
shreddyz

WOW I would have cared 2 1/2 years ago.

desauce
desauce

Don't all games need to abandon GFWL since it is being shut down completely? 

limbo12
limbo12

GFWL was absolute garbage. Like most of MS' policies, a textbook example of what not to do. Looking forward to more hilarious fails by MS.

snaketus
snaketus

Never ever buy a game that was plagued by this abomination of DRM. I just hope developers will offer some updates to their games to keep them playable. It's good thing this thing is behind us now, but many people are going to be little pissed off if this renders their PAYED games unplayable forever while pirates are laughing their beards.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Another one bites the dust, yea, another one bites the dust. And another one gone..

Aaron_130
Aaron_130

piss take, i was gonna get some points off that and Batman. Am i the only one sad to see Games For Windows Live to go?? Hey people it was never that bad you know!

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator moderator

I am playing it right now so will try to finish as much as possible.

Gamer3344
Gamer3344

So goodbye to GTAIV MP on PC?

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Good on Codemasters, anyone got any word if Dark Souls will be de-GFWL'd any time soon? After Batman and Bioshock that's the only remaining GFWL in my Steam library.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Man, I have 4 more games that use GFWL (aside from Arkham Asylum, to which I said f*** it and bought this week's HB). I have Operation Flashpoint Red River, Dirt 2, Dirt 3 and GTA4 Complete. So I'm waiting for all those to be playable after GFWL goes bonkers. If not, tough luck for me I guess. I heard Steam games with GFWL are also affected. Why would anyone accept GFWL as a DRM for their games to begin with is beyond my comprehension.

arqe
arqe

Codemasters how about bringing back the "BEST" Rally series that ever created ?

Original Colin McRae Rally ?

fjawodfc
fjawodfc

@limbo12 There's nothing wrong with GFWL other than the upcoming shutdown. Some people just like to whine.

JPL1982
JPL1982

@limbo12

So much hate with GFWL... the weird thing is that in my concern, I never had any problem with the platform in itself.

In my concern, I do not have a lot of problems with GFWL over the years. I never had a broken save file. The platform is not perfect, Microsoft should have updated it over the years but I still like it anyway.

But I love the platform, I love to earn achievements on my PC and I love to chat with my XB360 friends and I love the speed of light that the stuff appear VS on XB360 and I love to play both versions of games that I like on both platform (Dark Souls, Batman, etc) What Steam bring to my gamerscore, nothing. It's very sad that GFWL is dead. The thrill to play X360 version and GFWL is a great thing.

I never loved Steam (ha...yes, their deals, but except this points, it s****, sorry guys, it's my opinion, you can have you own opinion about GFWL and Steam, better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you're not, I'm not affraid to tell people that I love the GFWL platform.

Steam s****, let's face it :

-Poor matchmaking

-No gamerscore

-Big Picture take ressources and can be annoying with time

-SteamBox is overpriced VS a customized PC

Please Micro$oft, bring a new life to GFWL with "BETTER" interfaces and supports.


MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@Aaron_130  

Yes it was, since I couldn't buy any GFWL game because it didn't support my region.

javalino
javalino

@MAD_AI I doubt it!! they cant even do a properly port in the first place. We both will have a SP only game !!!

pongley
pongley

@xsonicchaos They've got until June next year so still plenty of time to get a patch out for all of those games.

pongley
pongley

@arqe That is DiRT, they dropped his name after DiRT 2 following his death.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@arqe @jimdove2 Yes but now it's converted to Steamworks, meaning it will support Steam achievements and will work properly, rather than being the shitty GFWL version.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@Grenadeh The retail copies still use GFWL. They probably conveted it to Steam, but my key still doesn't work. Tired of waiting for them to fix the retail keys, I was thankful for the Humble WB Bundle and just bought that. However, there are many that still hope for the retail keys issue to be resolved.

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

@arqe @Pawfalcon @pongley Aye,Codemasters were best when making the Colin Mcrea Rally games instead of the annoying Americanised rubbish that is the 'Dirt' games.

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

@arqe @pongley I think he's saying DiRT and CMR are the same thing. In which case it's pretty relevant to your comment.