It’s not every day you see an old game receive new updates – we’ve learned Fallout 3 dropped Games for Windows Live on Steam, as Bethesda released a new update for the game.
The news that Fallout 3 dropped Games for Windows Live means players can now launch the game, finally, within Steam, despite it not being playable due to the discontinued GFWL platform making it unlaunchable. Further, the game is heavily discounted 70% off to only $3 right now.
While the new 184.108.40.206 update finally makes Fallout 3 launchable natively in Steam, for years users have turned to mods to make it functional on Steam, or simply opted for the DRM-less GOG version.
Due to the restrictive nature of Games for Windows Live as DRM (digital rights management), Bethesda actually recommends that players uninstall and reinstall Fallout 3 entirely, as the new build was likely reworked to not be tethered to the DRM.
“Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition has been updated and no longer installs Games for Windows Live dependencies,” Bethesda said in the update. “If Fallout 3 was previously installed on Steam, we suggest uninstalling and reinstalling the title.”
The developer adds a humorous bit for the end of the updates description: “The title no longer requires Games for Windows Live and will now launch.”
It remains to be seen how much this affects other mods, however users are already reporting the Fallout Script Extender (FOSE) mod is no longer functional.
Users have also pointed out that while this guts out GFWL, this effectively removes Xbox Achievements from the game on PC as the game wasn’t properly ported to Steamworks, if you care about those.
Fallout 3 has been available for Windows PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S (via backwards compatibility), and PlayStation 3.