Bandai Namco has provided an update on the future of the PC version of its popular hardcore action-RPG Dark Souls, which uses Games for Windows Live for online play. The service from Microsoft is supposedly shutting down in July, which has a lot of fans worried that Dark Souls on PC will be left without online functionality.
Bandai Namco insisted in a new update that it is going to stick with Games For Windows Live for the foreseeable future, but promises that it will be looking at alternatives later on down the road.
The company says that the game "will remain fully functional on GFWL for the foreseeable future." Bandai Namco also said that it "is currently seeking avenues to continue support and ensure the functionality of Dark Souls on other services. We will have more news and updates to share on this in the coming months."
Fans who play the game on Steam are hoping that Bandai Namco will consider using Steamworks to facilitate online PVP and coop modes within the game. One of the reasons Bandai Namco might be sticking with Microsoft for a little bit longer might have nothing to do with the PC version; next month Dark Souls on Xbox 360 will be a free as part of Microsoft's Games With Gold for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Perhaps that deal has a lot to do with why Bandai Namco might be giving Microsoft a little more consideration – at least in the short term.