Dark Souls PC searching for GFWL alternatives

Will remain functional "for the foreseeable future"

The online architecture for the original Dark Souls on PC is shutting down soon, but Bandai Namco Games says it's seeking alternatives.

Dark Souls' PC version launched with a myriad of technical issues, and though mod support eventually cleared up many of those problems, it was unable to extract the title from the much-maligned Games for Windows Live. The online service is due to be pulled offline in July.


Bandai Namco wrote on its official Tumblr that the game will "remain fully functional on GFWL for the foreseeable future".

"Bandai Namco Games is currently seeking avenues to continue support and ensure the functionality of Dark Souls on other services," the publisher wrote. "We will have more news and updates to share on this in the coming months."

The PC version of Dark Souls 2 does not use Games for Windows Live, and natively supports a much wider range of graphical options.

Another popular online gaming service, GameSpy Technology, sent dozens of developers searching for infrastructure alternatives when it announced it would shut down on May 31.