Skyrim won’t be using Games for Windows Live, using Steamworks instead

Daniel McCall - Author

Aug. 28 2013, Updated 6:16 a.m. ET

When Bethesda showed off the collector’s edition for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim earlier this month, some eagle-eyed fans happened to notice that the game had the “Games for Windows” logo slapped on the cover – suggesting that Skyrim would be using Games for Windows Live.

As it turns out, that isn’t the case. Speaking to PC Gamer straight out of Gamescom, Bethesda’s Pete Hines stated that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will not be using Games for Windows Live – Skyrim is simply being published under the “Games for Windows” label.

Shortly after that news started making the rounds, Bethesda took to the Skyrim Twitter account to announce that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be using Steamworks on the PC.

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What this actually means, however, is totally up in the air until Bethesda is willing to say more. Having Steamworks suggests that the game could have Steam achievements and Steam Cloud support, but neither have been confirmed as of yet.

Still, the news should be welcome for those of you who are adamant about sticking to Steam for all of your PC gaming needs.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is due out on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 11 which, sadly, is not tomorrow.


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