After confirmation that Microsoft will be culling its controversial Games for Windows Live in July of 2014, publishers have started excising the service from their PC games. The latest titles to lose their ties are Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, but the much-maligned service's removal isn't entirely positive.

Players who bought the games through Steam will simply need to sit through an update as the traces of Games for Windows Live are wiped away. Players who bought the game elsewhere — perhaps through Microsoft's now-defunct Games for Windows Live store — will need to use the unlock code they were provided with at the time to activate a new copy on Steam.

Any Arkham Asylum or Arkham City saves will be deleted by the update

Removing the shaky and crash-prone Games for Windows Live is a positive step, but it's not without some pain: any saved games you've got in either Arkham Asylum or Arkham City will be deleted by the update. This side-effect is symptomatic of Games for Windows Live's slow self-immolation: players also lost their Bioshock 2 save files when that game was purged.