Microsoft States that GFWL will get Better

Microsoft’s Games for Windows LIVE has disappointed PC gamers in the past. Kevin Unangst, senior producer of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business, states that the service had a rocky start.

I think because it was designed originally as a partner to the console service more than the PC service, we had a rocky start. We also didn’t back it up with the most important thing, which is doing fantastic games to take advantage of the service. A network by itself isn’t valuable – there needs to be great games to take advantage.

Unangst continued believing that the service will get better once more developers jump on board. However, at the moment this seems to just entail Fable 3 and a title called Spartan.

The Age of Empire team has got a lot of great input and the same can be said for Lionhead, who said ‘we’re going to build Fable 3 on the PC’ and know what they want out of the service. I think the underpinnings are great, I think it’s going to continue to get better. We launched a new Marketplace which was great, we’re selling Live and non-Live enabled games.

Furthermore, Unangst praised Epic Games and their new Games for Windows LIVE game, Bulletstorm.

We’re also seeing developers get back to development. Epic did a great job of promoting Live with Bulletstorm. They’re pleased with the platform and the service is going to continue to get better over time.

They certainly sound optimistic over there. How do you feel about the future of GFWL?