Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition Steam Migration Now Live

For those who own Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition or are potentially looking to buy the it will be happy to know the game no longer uses Games for Windows Live’s architecture. While it was announced Namco Bandai would be removing the DRM from the now Steamworks title many months ago, it was today they finally moved forward with it.

Games for Windows Live has essentially been dead for a couple of years now, with even Microsoft using Steamworks for PC games such as Fable Anniversary and Age of Empires II HD. Below you can find specific instructions posted by Bandai Namco Games Europe’s Community Manager to unlock previously unlocked achievements and for the game to recognize your old save files:

 

  • CASE 1: If you already purchased Dark Souls™ Prepare To Die Edition prior to December 15th, the following process will be available to February 16th for you to transfer your Save Data and Achievements.

For users who purchased a Game for Windows live version from a retailer (Disc) or Games for Windows Live Marketplace (Digital):

  1. We recommend that you add Dark Souls™ Prepare To Die to your Steam account using your serial
  2. Launch the game and connect to Games for Windows Live.
  3. Run the game (only the currently signed-in user’s Save Data and Achievements can be transferred to Steam).
  4. Close the Game.
  5. Right click on your game in the Steam Library, go into Properties, check that the BETA tab is set to “dsptde-2.0-“
  6. Launch Dark Souls™ Prepare To Die Edition v2.0 from Steam

The game will look for previous Save Data and Achievements. If Save Data and Achievements are detected on your computer, you should be able to continue your progress in the game. Achievements should be unlocked in Steam.

  1. For users who purchased a Game for Windows live version from Steam:
  2. Launch the game and connect to Games for Windows Live.
  3. Run the game (only the currently signed-on user’s progress can be transferred to Steam).
  4. Close Games for Windows Live
  5. Right click on your game in the Steam Library, go into Properties, check that the BETA tab is set to “dsptde-2.0-“
  6. Launch Dark Souls™ Prepare To Die Edition v2.0 from Steam
  7. Sign in using the same live profile used in step-2 to import your Save Data and Achievements from the Games for Windows Live version to the Steam version for the same profile (gamertag)
  8. The game will look for previous Save Data and Achievements. If they are detected on your computer, you should be able to continue your progress in the game and achievements should be unlocked in Steam.

 

  • CASE 2: For users who purchase Dark Souls™ Prepare To Die Edition between December 15th and February 16th:
  1. Once the game is downloaded, right click on your game in the Steam library, go into properties, check that the BETA tab is set to “dsptde-2.0-“
  2. Launch Dark Souls™ Prepare To Die Edition v2.0 from Steam.

 

  • CASE 3: For users who purchase Dark Souls™ Prepare To Die Edition on or after February 16th (this will be the steam only version):
  1. Launch Dark Souls™ Prepare To Die Edition from Steam