Batman Breaks Free of GFWL, Gets Huge Steam Weekend

With Batman: Arkham Origins set to swoop in next week (October 25), this weekend is a great time to revisit Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Better yet, it’s a great time to revisit Rocksteady’s classics without Games for Windows Live.

Microsoft is finally putting its horrid online PC gaming service, GFWL, out of its misery, and not only will it not be attached to Batman: Arkham Origins like a digital succubus, it has already been removed from Asylum and City, with Steam picking up the online services slack.

If you purchased either Dark Knight adventure on Steam, just let the system update the games with the latest patch, and you’re good to go. Unfortunately, saves will not carry over, so we’ll all be starting our crime fighting careers from scratch.

If you purchased a physical or digital copy somewhere other than Steam, well, lost saves are the least of your worries. Officially, Valve says the following steps should be followed in Steam for those with Batman CD keys:

1. Click ADD A GAME….

2. Select Activate a Product on Steam..

3. Click Next.

4. Click I Agree.

5. Enter your CD Key and select next once the game finishes downloading you will be able to play the game.

Sounds simple enough, but according to 27-pages worth of frustrated posters on the Steam forums, the CD key entry isn’t working at the moment. No word yet from Valve on when the issue will be addressed.

There is a bit of a silver lining, though. Various posters note that their copies of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City were upgraded to Game of the Year Editions with the transfer, adding the various DLC packs for each for free. So when everyone is successfully transferred, they’ll do so with a nice upgrade.

And if you still haven’t gotten around to playing the Batman: Arkham games, Steam is making it hard to resist. Batman is the big Steam weekend deal star, and at 75% off the GOTY editions for each, you can pick up Arkham Asylum for $5 or Arkham City for $7.50.

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