Microsoft’s Games for Windows Live services shut down next year and with that most of the supported games are either going to be left stranded or be moved to another service.
Over the weekend Steam posted an update on their website, telling that Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City will both be moved to Steam services for verification and update services. Those who have purchased the games on Steam will only be required to download the latest game patch to get things running. However, those who bought it elsewhere will be required to enter their CD Key into Steam for activation.
Previously all the save files for the games were stored on GFWL. With the service now gone, players will have to start an entirely new game. This also means that all your previous unlocked achievements will be reset.
Games for Windows Live services will be discontinued on July 1, 2014. The closure will impact a number of Windows PC titles beyond both Batman games, including Age of Empires Online which will end its service on the same day.
The latest installment in the Batman series, Batman: Arkham Origins, will be fully supported by Steamworks.