Dark Souls to "Functional" Souls
Oh Dark Souls 1, I remember it like it was yesterday, getting invaded in the Undead Burg, in the forest, all while reading classy messages like "chest ahead, try using both hands" in front of Princess Gwynevere. This multiplayer experience makes the good game of Dark Souls into the great game of Dark Souls, but we might have to kiss the multiplayer community goodbye soon.
Games for Windows Live has been planning to mostly shut down on this upcoming July 1st, and if that happens then that means no more invading, no more jolly cooperation, and no more messages. Despite this though, Bandai Namco, the minds behind Dark Souls, have promised that "Dark Souls will remain fully functional on GFWL for the foreseeable future". The big question is what exactly does "functional" mean here.
GFWL and Bandai Namco seem to have contradictory news here, which has Dark Souls players sweating a bit. With Dark Souls 2 doing amazingly on PC, and the subsequent surge in Dark Souls 1 players, maybe GFWL will change their minds about abandoning Dark Souls. We'll only know the fate of Dark Souls 1 for sure after July 1st when GFWL shuts down, but Dark Souls wouldn't be the same without the online community, that's for sure.