A publisher at Warner Bros has officially confirmed that the PC version of Batman: Arkham Origins has been moved from Games for Windows Live, which is provided by Microsoft, to Steam. Gamespot has also reported that due to this move, Valve’s Steam platform will give players the chance to achieve achievements and play against others online via multiplayer.
Batman: Arkham Origins is the only game within the Arkham series that will not be compatible with the Microsoft’s PC gaming service that is planned to be discontinued in July of next year.
At this time, there is no real word on whether or not Steam will allow the game to have other features such as trading cards or Big Picture Mode, which have been pretty popular since their separate releases.
Last week, Microsoft confirmed that they will also be removing the option to buy PC games via Xbox.com on the 22nd of August due to the next Xbox 360 firmware update.
Batman: Arkham Origins is due for release for the PC, Playstation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 this November. The game is the first of the Arkham series not being developed by British developer Rocksteady, the new outfit to Warner Bros. Game developer Montreal has taking the reigns on this project for the prequel, but the multiplayer portion will be developed by Brink developer Splash Damage.
Another Arkham title, which is thought to be a Silver Age reboot, has been speculated as a 2014 release.