Following in the footsteps of their last few releases, Bethesda’s upcoming blockbuster The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be utilizing Steamworks and not Games for Windows Live, as the fanbase had originally guessed.
Bethesda’s VP of PR recently told PC Gamer that the game is published under the Games for Windows label, but it won’t be using any of the Games for Windows Live infrastructure. A confirmation tweet (tweetfirmation?) from the official Elder Scrolls feed later stated, “We can confirm today that we’re using Steamworks for Skyrim.”
The fear that Skyrim would be using Games for Windows Live stemmed from the Collector’s Edition announcement. Some eagle-eyed Internet goers noticed the Games for Windows label on the PC version and naturally jumped to conclusions.
Skyrim is due to be released on 11/11/11 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. For clarification, the game is being developed by Bethesda Game Studios, not Mojang AB.