It seems there’s another nail in the coffin of Microsoft’s Games For Windows Live service as Ken Levine of Irrational Games announced that Bioshock: Infinite would be moving to our benevolent hat-based overlord Valve and their Steam platform for DRM control on the PC. While this is good news for fans of Steam, it also raises some questions. Microsoft has been hard charging lately with new programs such as SmartGlass, with GFWL seeming to fall by the wayside.
Is this a sign of Microsoft’s further losses in the PC gaming arena or just of a developer moving away from a older system that got left by the wayside in the rush of an impending new Xbox? I suppose we’ll have to see what Relic does with Company of Heroes 2 to be sure, since their Dawn of War series always used Microsoft’s rather intrusive service. If the trend keeps happening, then we’ll know something is truly amiss.
— Ken Levine (@IGLevine) December 8, 2012