Dark Souls Steam Migration Delayed Until December
In October, Bandai Namco announced that it would be transferring online services from Games for Windows Live to Steam. That process was supposed to be completed in November, but it’s now been delayed.
The migration is now slated for December. “We are working hard to finalize the process to move your Dark Souls: Prepare to Die saves and achievements to Steam,” Bandai Namco writes. “We need to conduct additional testing and we are now hoping to begin this process in December. We'll have more information in the coming weeks. Thank you very much for your patience!”
When the transfer service does go live, Games for Windows Live users will be able to redeem a copy of the game on Steam and move their data. Those that delay will still be entitled to a copy of the game, but may not be able to migrate their saves and achievements. We’ll update once migration dates are finalized.
This year has been challenging for developers and publishers with regard to middle-ware services. Games for Windows Live is now not well supported (though Microsoft speaks to the contrary) and Glu shut down the Gamespy matchmaking service.
These migrations aren’t inexpensive, but they are worthwhile in many cases. Developers and publishers are spending money to maintain something more valuable: consumer good will.