Although Rockstar’s game, Grand Theft Auto IV will be purchasable on Steam, it won’t be completely working.
Grand Theft Auto IV was taken off Steam in January, as Rockstar has run out of Games For Windows Live keys to use, and they couldn’t ask Microsoft to generate more, as they have moved on from this system several years ago. So it was a question of time when Niko Bellic will face the wall.
Rockstar posted an announcement on Steam – let’s see what they said: „Starting 03/19/2020, Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition will replace both GTA IV and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City wherever it is currently digitally available. Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition will as also be available via the Rockstar Games Launcher. [The] current game save files will be compatible with Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition. As a result of this update, the following services will no longer be available in Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition: Games for Windows Live, multiplayer mode, leaderboards. The following Radio Stations will be temporarily unavailable in GTA IV: Complete Edition: RamJam FM, Self-Actualization FM, and Vice City FM (previously available in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City)
Players who have previously installed and played GTA IV or Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City will be able to update their copy to GTA IV: Complete Edition through the following means. Steam Users: Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City will be removed and replaced with GTA IV: Complete Edition in the launcher library. The update file size is expected to be approximately 22GB. Grand Theft Auto IV owners will download content from GTA: Episodes from Liberty City and their game will update to GTA IV: Complete Edition. The update file size is expected to be approximately 6GB.
Physical Media: Games not previously activated using Games for Windows Live will be able to use the Key on the back of the game manual to activate and update to Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition. Games for Windows Live Digital Store Purchases: Games previously activated using Games for Windows Live will require players to create and/or link their Social Club accounts in replacement of Games for Windows Live to update to Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition.”
So GTA IV comes back to Steam in a month, but multiplayer is dead – Rockstar makes a ton of cash off GTA V’s GTA Online anyway…
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