GFWL’s shutdown has prompted a switch to Steam.
IGN has reported that Warner Bros. Montreal’s upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins will be using Steamworks for installation. This came after the announcement that Microsoft is shutting down the Games for Windows Live Store on August 22nd.
Steamworks has been chosen this time around for other reasons though, namely due to installation issues for the GFWL service that players have experienced in the previous two games and for the multiplayer component, which will be introduced into the series for the first time.
Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel to Arkham Asylum/City, developed by Rocksteady Studios, and will see Batman in Old Gotham taking on Black Mask and eight assassins hired to kill him on Christmas. Enemies such as The Joker and Penguin will be making an appearance as well, along with Deadshot, Deathstroke, Copperhead and other villains including Anarky. Robin will also appear in the game, although he will be playable outside the main storyline.
Batman: Arkham Origins will release on October 25th for Xbox 360, PC, Wii U and PlayStation 3 worldwide.