Looks like the infamous GTA IV is now no longer available for purchase on Steam. This is now coming after Rockstar confirmed that Grand Theft Auto IV is the reliance on the Games for Windows Live (GFWL) platform, which it says Microsoft is “no longer supporting.” But if you already did own the game on Steam, it’s still in your library, don’t worry. Users just won’t be able to buy a new copy of the game.
“Grand Theft Auto IV was originally created for the Games For Windows Live platform,” a spokesperson from Rockstar told The Verge. “With Microsoft no longer supporting Games For Windows Live, it is no longer possible to generate the additional keys needed to continue selling the current version of the game. We are looking at other options for distributing GTAIV for PC and will share more information as soon as we can.”
But GFWL has been a little trouble maker for a while already. Microsoft had already started to wind down on their PC gaming platform in 2013 with closing of the Games for Windows Live store. Rockstar hadn’t fully patched the service out of the game, but it’s mainly been troublesome for user to have to use the Steam client and the GFWL one as well.
The added dilemma now comes from the fact that GTA IV is now nowhere to be found for PC games looking to pick up a copy. I mean, there are other avenues to get the game, but what’s life without a little drama? Admittedly, this isn’t that big of an issue considering GTA IV by now is a 12 year old game. If you don’t own it by now, you’re probably not going to play it. But it still is sad to know that the game isn’t being sold on Steam anymore (for now).