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Dark Souls PC is making the jump from Games for Windows Live to Steam

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The Windows PC version of Dark Souls is finally moving away from Games for Windows Live platform, publisher Bandai Namco Games announced today. Starting next month, players of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition will be able to migrate their games and game progress to Steam.

Starting in November, players will have the option to redeem their existing Games for Windows Live tokens on Steam to get a copy of the game at no additional cost. And, for a limited time, players will be able to transfer their characters, save data and achievements. Dates for the character migration period haven't been announced.

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition has been a holdout among games that have shifted from Microsoft's Games for Windows Live to Valve's Steamworks. Bandai Namco said earlier this year it planned to keep the PC version of the game "fully functional" on GFWL, but was "seeking avenues to continue support and ensure the functionality of Dark Souls on other services."

Microsoft said in a support update last year that GFWL, which launched in 2007, would be discontinued July 1, 2014, putting online features of dozens of games at risk. The company quickly pulled that notice, but multiple developers using Games for Windows Live have since transitioned off the service to Steam. Microsoft said in June it would continue to support Games for Windows Live.

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