DiRT 3: Games for Windows Live removal "in progress"

Dirt 3

With Dark Souls having scraped the last remnants of Games for Windows Live from its shoe, there aren't many non-Microsoft games left still using the deservedly maligned service. Here's one: DiRT 3. Codemasters had previously suggested they would be moving the rally racer to Steamworks, but, as of this very moment, that hasn't happened.

I got in touch with the studio to find out how it was going. I was told that, while they were unable to give out a date, the planned GfW Live removal update was "in progress".

DiRT 2, meanwhile, won't be so lucky. The game was removed from sale on stores like Steam earlier in the year, and, from the sounds of things, won't be coming back.

Still, for rally fans, the continued promise of a working version of an excellent racer should be welcome—even if I understand the impatience that it's taking so long. Hopefully the Steamworks release will also prompt Codies to release the game's various DLC bits—all of which were lost as of the closure of the Games for Windows Marketplace.

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.