While those who signed the petition asking Namco Bandai and From Software to bring console RPG Dark Souls to Windows PCs will be happy that they are doing so, the two companies have come under criticisms for announcing that it would use the “Games for Windows LIVE” service as both DRM and a host for online functionality.
“We believe Games for Windows Live is a very poor choice in Digital Rights Management for Dark Souls,” reads the text of a petition against the choice, which has been signed by 19,816 people so far. “GFWL is unpopular, difficult to use, inconvenient, and can be very annoying for many users. Additionally, GFWL has very unreliable online support, affecting a key feature in Dark Souls.”
“For Games for Windows Live, that’s the established server we used for our 360 version for the console - that is the main reason that we’ve picked the Xbox Live server,” a Namco Bandai spokesperson told Eurogamer. “The partnership is still ongoing, so we might have another announcement regarding publishing.”