Following news that the Games For Windows Live Marketplace will close later this month, it looks like Microsoft plans to shut down the entire service next year.
Polygon spotted an incriminating post on the Age Of Empires Online website, which seemingly confirms that the much-maligned client will switch off servers as of July 2014.
"Games for Windows Live will be discontinued on July 1, 2014," the missive read. "Although it is available through Steam, Age of Empires Online requires features of the Games for Windows Live service. You can continue to enjoy all the features of Age of Empires Online as the service will remain 100% operational until July 1, 2014 when the server will shut down."
The post has since been deleted, so we don't yet know whether this was jumping the gun or a genuine mistake - but we suspect the former. Naturally we'll keep an eye out for official confirmation, and any word as to whether Microsoft plans to make games playable without the client. Or, indeed, whether this may just affect the Age Of Empires Online servers. Games For Windows Live Marketplace will cease trading on August 22nd.