Fallout 3 has finally been released from Microsoft’s Games for Windows Live service.
Bethesda recently published a forum post steam page of Fallout 3, informing players that the game “no longer installs games for Windows Live dependencies.” Additionally, Bethesda advises those who already have Fallout 3 installed via Steam and re-download the RPG to take advantage of the new changes.
This is likely music to the ears of veteran Fallout 3 players on Steam. If you’re unfamiliar with the service, Microsoft’s Games for Windows Live was first introduced in 2007 as a way to provide PC players with the Xbox-oriented achievements and social features you’d find on the Xbox 360 at the time. .
However, the service has never been a huge hit with PC players. That meant dealing with a tedious user interface over the years, and Microsoft would eventually discontinue the service altogether in 2014, seven years after its debut. Since then, publishers and developers alike have uninstalled Games for Windows Live from their existing games on PC which basically bore the unpopular service.
Now though, a full seven years after it was originally shut down, Fallout 3 is finally free from the burden of Games for Windows Live. To celebrate, why not boot up Fallout 3 once again and head back to Capital Wasteland, where you can visit local hotspots like Mutant Camp and Brotherhood of Steel hideout?
For a look at the future of the Fallout franchise, check out our fallout 5 The wishlist guide to all the features we’d like to see from Bethesda’s inevitable next game in the series.