Games for Windows Live has been on life support for many months now, and we’re just a week away from Microsoft’s announced shutdown. While many of us assumed Microsoft would simply pull the plug and sever the service once and for all, Microsoft has now bizarrely u-turned and pledged to continue support for the Games for Windows Live service.
Games such as Dark Souls and Street Fighter IV have been floating around in a pre-shutdown purgatory of sorts, as developers rush to release updates to sever the GFWL services from their titles. Microsoft has moved to assuage fears in a recent interview though, claiming that the service will continue to be supported in the coming months…
Microsoft said in a statement that they “are continuing to support the Games for Windows Live service,” before confirming that although customers will be unable to purchase any new games through the service, “they can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading them through the Games for Windows Live client as usual.”
The official shutdown for the online store was planned for July 1st, but reports of its death were reportedly greatly exaggerated. Only a few few weeks ago Phil Spencer was once again claiming that Microsoft needs to boost its gaming presence on PC once more, so this could well be the first step towards making Windows and PC gaming a priority once more.
For a list of all the titles that would have been affected by the planned closure be sure to check out this wee article here. While it seems many of these are safe for now, Microsoft's ability to u-turn in spectacular fashion during the past year no doubt means nothing is definitely safe.
Do you even want to see GFWL saved? What do you think are Microsoft’s intentions here? As always, let us know!