GTA 4: Complete Edition Merges Games and Finally Kills Games for Windows Live

03/19/2020 - 15:15 | By: Robert N. Adams
Goodbye Forever, GFWL

GTA 4: Complete Edition is coming soon, and it's doing something PC gamers have long been hoping for: it's finally putting Games For Windows Live out to pasture. That's not all, though; this new edition of the game will have some neat bonuses for current owners!

Rockstar Games made the announcement via Twitter. An F.A.Q. page on their website has all of the critical details about the Complete Edition including how you can get it and what happens to the current version of the game.

First things first, anyone who owns either GTA 4 or Episodes from Liberty City will be happy to hear that their save files will work in this new version of the game. That's kind of important considering that the two separate games are merging into one title! If you own either GTA 4 or GTA: Episodes from Liberty City, you will be upgraded to the Complete Edition and effectively get the other game free.

Secondly, the removal of Games for Windows Live means the following features are kaput:

 
 
  • Games for Windows Live
  • Multiplayer mode
  • Leaderboards

Moreover, the following radio stations will be temporarily unavailable:

  • RamJam FM
  • Self-Actualization FM
  • Vice City FM

One other critically important point needs to be addressed: No, this is not GTA 4 Remastered or anything like that. It just looks like an update to the original game, the merging of two titles into one, and the (rather unfortunate) removal of some features due to their dependency on Games for Windows Live.

GTA 4: Complete Edition slice

When Can I Buy GTA 4: Complete Edition?

Suppose that, for some reason, you don't own GTA 4 on PC. (Perhaps you heard about how terrible Games For Windows Live was.) How and when can you get it?

GTA 4: Complete Edition will be available on both Steam and the Rockstar Games Store, although there's going to be a short delay; it won't be available for purchase until March 24, 2020.

What do you think of Grand Theft Auto 4 getting a Complete Edition? Are you happy to see Games For Windows Live finally die? What do you think of Grand Theft Auto 4 losing its multiplayer? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!