Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Will Likely Use Games For Windows Live Instead of Steamworks

[Update: 08.13.2010] THQ has finally confirmed to Shacknews that Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine will use Steamworks, not Games for Windows Live as previously suspected. Full details here.

[Original Story] Although they won't publicly admit to it at this time, it appears that Relic Entertainment has decided to stick with Games for Windows Live for the PC version of its upcoming shooter, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.

During a preview event for the game at the Relic offices in Vancouver, the PC version flashed the Games for Windows Live "Home Screen" notification. Previously, Relic had used Games for Windows Live for its Dawn of War II series while other THQ titles have been adopting Valve's Steamworks platform.

During an upcoming interview with Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine producer Andy Lang, I asked about the Games for Windows Live pop-up, but he could not confirm Space Marine would use Microsoft's platform.


"I noticed there was a Games for Windows Live prompt when the demo started, does Space Marine use Games for Windows Live?" I asked Lang. "We're not talking about that right now," he laughed. "It did appear, yes. But we're not really talking about it."

"Is it already decided but you're not talking about it or is it still up in the air?" I pushed. Which prompted Lang to confirm the decision has been made, but the company is not talking about it. The full interview with producer Andy Lang will be available tomorrow.

It seems likely that Games for Windows Live will be the platform of choice, something that Relic fans should be used to by now.

According to THQ, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine will now hit the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 in THQ's 2012 fiscal year, which only begins on April 2, 2011. It was originally scheduled to hit in early 2011.