Microsoft plans to open a new online PC game store called Games for Windows Marketplace in the middle of November, it said Monday.
Microsoft will ready over 100 titles from various game makers for the launch, including many of the biggest hits from Microsoft Game Studios, including "Fable: The Lost Chapters," "Flight Simulator," "Gears of War," "Halo" and "Age of Empires Online." Other big titles in stock include "Grand Theft Auto III," and "Max Payne" from Rockstar Games and "Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition" from Square Enix. The site will also host indie game titles, Microsoft said.
PC game lovers will be able to access the store at any time to buy games or to download them again if necessary, Microsoft said. Special deals will be used to lure gamers to the site, such as weekly and seasonal deals.
"The Games for Windows Marketplace will offer PC gamers a robust lineup of games they love, easier navigation and purchase, and recurring specials such as Deal of the Week," Microsoft said.
It will launch Nov. 15 at www.gamesforwindows.com.
Anyone with a Windows Live ID, including Windows Live, Xbox Live, Games for Windows -- Live or Zune account, can login to the new Games for Windows Marketplace. Microsoft Points can also be used at the store.
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