Namco Says It’s Listening On Using GFWL For Dark Souls PC
Gamers won a victory with From Software and Namco Bandai by petitioning to bring the super-hard console-only RPG Dark Souls to PC, but it seems there’s more petitioning to be done — and Namco is still paying attention.
Namco announced that the PC release, dubbed Dark Souls: Prepare to Die edition, would use Games for Windows Live to manage its multiplayer, a fact to which many players in the Dark Souls community have vocally objected. There’s even a petition running right now with some 19,000 signatures; not nearly as many as the 90,000 that helped make Dark Souls on PC happen, but still a fair number.
And it seems that Namco isn’t done listening to the strong opinions of the fan base. Spokeswoman Hollie Bennett of Namco Bandai UK said the European public relations team for Namco is talking with From Software’s development team working on the PC port, potentially to alleviate players’ issues, if possible. Here’s the quote from her post on the Namco Bandai forums:
Just to keep you updated. We (the whole European team) have been feverishly gathering all your thoughts and comments and will be approaching the development teams etc with this ASAP and we will move on from there.
Don’t worry your voices have not been forgotten and I once AGAIN want to say how thankful I am that the community are able to voice there opinions so well!
Whether Namco will go with GFWL likely will have to do with business agreements and development capabilities, but the discourse between the publisher and fans continues, it seems, to be civil and excited. BioWare could take a page from Namco’s treatment so far of the Dark Souls community.
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die edition is set for release on Aug. 24.