Unsurprisingly, GFWL Not Shutting Down Next Week
Following a steady stream of updates from developers removing the Games for Windows Live service from their games, and generally vague responses from Microsoft itself, finally, we can retain our GFWL, at least for now. In an article put out by Game Informer, and with many articles here on Pixel Judge, the exodus has been swift, and even involved some of Microsoft's in-house studios leaving for Steamworks, too. Overall, the service has been plagued with problems connecting accounts, downloads, and generally not well received, so it's no surprise that developers are taking the chance to jump ship.
In a statement obtained by Game Informer, Microsoft says:
We are continuing to support the Games for Windows Live service. As previously announced, as part of the retirement of Microsoft Points the Xbox.com PC marketplace was closed. Although customers are unable to purchase new games from the marketplace or receive title updates, they can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading them through the Games for Windows Live client as usual. We remain committed to investing in PC gaming in the years ahead, and look forward to sharing more in the future.
So there you have it. For now, some titles will still work the best they can, though if you're looking to patch your game to the latest version, there's no time like the present. There's no indication of when the service will be going offline permanently, but my guess is that it won't be too far behind.