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BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam

Steam News announces that BioShock 2 is now available on Steam as a bundle with all its available multiplayer DLC and the single-player Protector Trials pack, with the shooter sequel collection carrying a 50% discount for the next few days. They state a new update has removed the reviled Games for Windows LIVE service from the game, and that previous owners of the game are entitled to a complimentary Steam key. Here's a BioShock 2 Steamworks Update FAQ and here's word:

In August, the Games For Windows LIVE service marketplace closed and some of you wondered what would happen to BioShock 2 on PC. We remain committed to supporting BioShock 2 on PC and are excited to announce that starting today the game is available via Steam. Not only that, but the Steam version of BioShock 2 includes all available multiplayer downloadable content, as well as the single player “Protector Trials” DLC!

With the help of our friends at Digital Extremes, BioShock 2 on Steam fully supports popular features of the platform, including controller compatibility, Steam achievements, and Big Picture mode. Matchmaking is easier than ever now, allowing you to search for “any game,” as opposed to having to select your game mode. Leveling up is also quicker and easier, as we’ve fine-tuned the multiplayer experience to be better than ever.

If you have already purchased BioShock 2 through a different digital partner, we’ve got you covered. Simply take the same game activation key you already own and “activate” it within Steam. Doing this will grant you access to BioShock 2, all of its multiplayer and Protector Trials DLC, as well as Minerva’s Den – the single player story-driven add-on that includes new weapons, enemies, and plasmids!

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26. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 5, 2013, 08:12 Ladron3dfx
 
Hexus.net - Bioshock 2, GFWL Closes

VG247.com Bioshock 2 - GFWL Closes

Eurogamer.net Bioshock 2 - GFWL Closure

Game journalism! Bat
 
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25. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 4, 2013, 12:44 Creston
 
Topevoli wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 09:56:
Its almost like they were sabotaging the PC to bolster the Xbox.

It's not almost like. It's EXACTLY like that.
 
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24. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 4, 2013, 11:50 Tavil
 
This is awesome news!! Finally GFWL is going away forever! I will actually play Bioshock 2 now! I hope they do this to Fallout 3.  
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23. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 4, 2013, 10:16 Ladron3dfx
 
BioShock 2 Removes GFWL
No it hasn't, only the Steam version.

Joins Steam
This happened years ago.

reviled Games for Windows LIVE service
Easily fixed when broken and once fixed it never breaks.

complimentary Steam key
That's nice but no thanks!
 
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22. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 4, 2013, 09:56 Topevoli
 
GFWL is the biggest F*ckup to ever come out of Redmond (I might need a few days to parse through the data of bad Microsoft moves to confirm this). It is amazing that a company so large and with so many talented people can get something so wrong.

Its almost like they were sabotaging the PC to bolster the Xbox. I find it truly amazing and under examined. Steam is making money hand over fist and Microsoft could have had a piece of that pie had they done things right.

It amazes me that they can not only stay in business, but make healthy profits year after year with some of the colossal screw ups they have made (Windows Vista (arguable maybe, but certainly not ready when it came out), Windows RT, GFWL, The Kin phone) and that is just over the past 7-8 years.

Go in a corner and die Microsoft. Your monopoly on the PC prevents real innovation and growth from smaller more intelligent companies.
 
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21. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 4, 2013, 09:03 nin
 
HoSpanky wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 09:01:
I only hope Red Faction Guerilla and Iron Brigade (both devs still in business!) get patched to Steam. Love them both, would hate to be kept from playing them due to being saddled with a dead DRM function.

Red Faction might be a longshot, with the IP (I believe) changing hands.

 
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20. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 4, 2013, 09:01 HoSpanky
 
I only hope Red Faction Guerilla and Iron Brigade (both devs still in business!) get patched to Steam. Love them both, would hate to be kept from playing them due to being saddled with a dead DRM function.  
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19. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 4, 2013, 07:02 MoonSpook
 
Quinn wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 03:03:
I'm still waiting for Arkham City to leave GFWL.

Me too, I bought it as it was 1/3 of the normal price just a month after release, and figured it was worth it. Hoping they do the same and allow you to activate it on Steam + the DLC I bought.
 
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18. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 4, 2013, 03:03 Quinn
 
dj LiTh wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 02:01:
I've had this on steam for over a year....

Yes, but didn't you buy the Steam version in the first place?

I'm still waiting for Arkham City to leave GFWL. Yes, I bought the GFWL version because that was the only one available at release. Can't wait for Earth to be rid of this fucking GFWL hellbeast.
 
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17. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 4, 2013, 02:01 dj LiTh
 
I've had this on steam for over a year....  
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16. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 4, 2013, 00:34 ViRGE
 
Prez wrote on Oct 3, 2013, 17:44:
The news is a bit late, but still an awesome move. Considering how old the game is they would have been forgiven for just leaving it with the unsupported (and abysmally awful) GWL. Hopefully they get respect from the community for this gesture.
Agreed in full. The game is old enough that they could have easily done nothing, so the fact that they went through all of this effort makes them an upstanding publisher/developer in my book.
 
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15. Re: Into the Black Oct 3, 2013, 22:20 NegaDeath
 
Nice. I had put a couple hours in until GFWL ate my save game and I deleted it out of spite. Maybe I'll try it again.  
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14. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 3, 2013, 21:57 Beckett
 
Hey cool, they added Minerva's Den to my library for free! I wish I hadn't read all about it and spoiled the twist ending for myself last year, but I was convinced it was never going to come to Steam.  
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13. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 3, 2013, 21:56 Creston
 
Letting everyone activate the new copy on Steam is a tremendous move by them, especially since it throws in all the DLC for free.

Kudos to the devs/publishers for doing this!
 
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12. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 3, 2013, 21:09 Rattlehead
 
Fallout 3 and Batman AA and AC next please
 
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11. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 3, 2013, 20:37 MajorD
 

Sweet! This worked for my retail copy, and I was able to get the two DLCs (Protector Trials and Minerva's Den).

Thank you 2K Games!

 
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10. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 3, 2013, 19:24 Yosemite Sam
 
Nice might even play it again sometime, still didnt really care for playing as a BD though.  
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9. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 3, 2013, 19:23 Rea1One
 
GFWL Achievements didn't cross over to steam Achievements, Have to get them all again.  
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8. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 3, 2013, 18:59 f0dder
 
This works for retail boxes also, not just the digital versions. Just tried mine and it activated no problem.  
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7. Re: BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam Oct 3, 2013, 18:44 Prez
 
nin wrote on Oct 3, 2013, 18:08:
Excellent! Now do this to Dead Rising 2: OTR as well!


THIS!!! 1000X This!!
 
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