When the redesigned platform launches November 15th it will be offering titles like Fable: The Lost Chapters, GTA3, Max Payne and more.
The rebooted GFWL "will launch with a managed portfolio of 100 top-quality titles," declares Microsoft in their press release. The highlights come from major 3rd parties studios like Capcom with Dead Rising 2 and Lost Planet 2.
Even LEGO Universe will be releasing from Warner Bros. Then there are the more classic releases such Grand Theft Auto III and Max Payne from Rockstar Games.
"We plan to deliver some of our biggest and best PC franchises on Games for Windows Marketplace from day one,” said Capcom's Christian Svensson. “Digital distribution continues to drive growth in PC gaming, and we’re excited to partner with Microsoft and bring amazing games to this growing marketplace.”
Naturally Microsoft Game Studios will be flooding it with their home grown wares like Flight Simulator, Gears of War, Halo and Zoo Tycoon as well as the upcoming Fable III, Age of Empires Online and Microsoft Flight. Here are the new GFWL's focus points:
- Online access, anywhere. Optimized for speed, the store allows for ultra-fast downloads; this means fewer clicks to purchase and download, delivering faster turnaround for gameplay. And since the service lives on the Web, gamers can download games on a PC, anytime, and can easily redownload games they purchase if needed.
- Deals and discounts galore. Gamers can check out screaming deals on select games every time they visit the Marketplace, as well as the Deal of The Week and other recurring and seasonal offers.
- Game search functionality. Gamers can search by titles or genres to quickly find the games they want; they can even find new games from their favorite publishers with dedicated publisher pages.
- Fresh design. The clean, intuitive look and feel makes browsing for games a simple, enjoyable experience. Gamers can easily navigate between pages as they search for the perfect game.
Microsoft hope to directly compete with the other digital distribution stores, and seeing as how they can throw $500m at Kinect's marketing campaign, they might pull it off.