PC gamers rejoice! The next iteration of Codemasters officially licensed racer has dropped Microsoft’s draconian framework in favour of Steamworks.
On Friday Codemasters officially unveiled F1 2012 for the first time and eagle-eyed gamers will have noticed that the ominous Games For Windows Live logo didn’t appear at the end of a newly released trailer – instead it was replaced by the altogether lovelier Steam logo.
Could Codemasters finally be abandoning Microsoft’s poor online framework for Valve’s superior service?
All signs point to yes with creative director Steve Hood also confirming the transition on F1 2012′s official forums.
Games For Windows Live has a terrible reputation amongst the gaming fraternity with complaints surrounding online activation, gated online play and profile corruption commonplace on most forums.
Codemasters has been one of the major publisher partners for this service, but seeing as both DiRT Showdown and F1 2012 will use Steamworks instead, it seems Microsoft’s service will continue to slide into mediocrity.
Perhaps Microsoft will amend the service in the future, but judging from their recent record when it comes to PC gaming we won’t hold our breath.
F1 2012 is due for release on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this September.
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