Fallout 3 cuts off from Microsoft's Games For Windows Live service.

Updated on Oct 14, 2021 11:19 AM IST  |  30K
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Fallout 3 cuts off from Microsoft's Games For Windows Live service.

Fallout 3's Steam page recently received a forum post from Bethesda, informing players that the game "no longer instals Games for Windows Live dependencies." 

Additionally, Bethesda recommends that anyone who already has Fallout 3 installed on Steam uninstall it and then reinstall it to take advantage of the new features.

Veteran Fallout 3 players on Steam will most likely rejoice at this news. If you're unfamiliar with Microsoft's Games For Windows Live, it was first introduced in 2007 as a way to provide PC players with Xbox-oriented achievements and social features that were previously only available on the Xbox 360.

The service, however, was never a huge hit with PC gamers. It meant dealing with a grating user interface over time, and Microsoft would eventually retire the service seven years after its launch in 2014, effectively ending it. 

Since then, both publishers and developers have removed Games For Windows Live from their existing PC games that used to support the ill-fated service.

Rockstar removed GTA 4 from Steam last year due to the game's reliance on the platform: it was no longer able to generate keys for redemption on GFWL, what with the platform being defunct and all.

Because Microsoft now owns Bethesda, it's possible that the abrupt excision was prompted by that relationship. 

Games for Windows live
Games for Windows – Live or GFWL was an online gaming service used by Games for Windows–branded PC titles that enables Windows PCs to connect to Microsoft's Live service.

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