Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition was recently confirmed for PC. Hurray! And then, sitting on the happy announcement like a tick, were four little letters: GFWL. The inclusion of Games For Windows Live support has proven to be incredibly controversial with gamers, who took to Change.org in their thousands.
It seems that the petition hasn't gone unnoticed, because publisher Namco Bandai may soon have "another announcement" regarding alternate DRM solutions.
Speaking at Namco Bandai's Global Gamer Day, a Namco rep explained that GFWL was considered due to their experience with the Xbox 360 version of Dark Souls... but there's room to manoeuvre.
For Games for Windows Live, that's the established server we used for our 360 version for the console - that is the main reason that we've picked the Xbox Live server.
The partnership is still ongoing, so we might have another announcement regarding publishing. - via EG
This sentiment was echoed by UK Community Manager Hollie Bennett, who recently spoke out on the Namco forums.
Just to keep you updated, we (the whole European team) have been feverishly gathering all your thoughts and comments and will be approaching the development teams etc with this ASAP and we will move on from there. Don't worry your voices have not been forgotten.
We'll have to wait and see. For now, dear reader, let us know whether GFWL would stop you playing Dark Souls... and whether it matters.