Finally, Bethesda has removed Games for Windows Live from Fallout 3's Steam Version
Fallout 3's Steam version is now playable on Windows 10/11
Published: 13th October 2021 | Source: Steam |
Games For Windows Live has finally been removed from Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition on Steam
Games for Windows Live was dropped by Microsoft back in 2014, forcing many game developers to remove the service from their already-released PC games. That said, many games continued to feature Games For Windows Live long after the service was closed, creating a mess for PC gamers, especially after Windows 10 launched.
On Steam, Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition has just been patched to remove Games for Windows Live, which means that the game is no longer has any dependencies on the long-dead Microsoft service. This means that Fallout 3 is now easier to play on modern gaming PCs, though the patch is a double-edged sword for existing fans of the game.
While patch 184.108.40.206 is an excellent addition to Fallout 3: Game of the Year, the patch breaks mods like Fallout 3 Script Extender and reportedly breaks the game's compatibility with some mods for the game. That said, Linux users can now play Fallout 3: Game of the Year through Proton without any issues with this new update. This patch will be seen as good news for some, and as an unwelcome change for others.
Below are Bethesda's patch notes for Fallout 3 Game of the Year's update 220.127.116.11.
Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition has been updated and no longer installs Games for Windows Live dependencies. If Fallout 3 was previously installed on Steam, we suggest uninstalling and reinstalling the title.
The title no longer requires Games for Windows Live and will now launch.
Microsoft acquired Bethesda Softworks earlier this year, making it is possible that this late removal of Games for Windows Live from Fallout 3 is part of an effort from Microsoft to rid the world of Games for Windows Live's lasting legacy.
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