Fable 3 PC Missing, Presumed Dead Coming

So the Xboxers and Xboxettes are currently enjoying Fable 3. Where’s our PC version, eh? In a tweet today Lionhead Studios announced that “Fable 3 PC Version is still in development here at Lionhead so PC GAMERS don’t panic. We’ll announce details when we’re ready to do so.” You hear that? Don’t panic! Stop panicking!

It’s worth remembering that back in May, Lionhead also mentioned that Fable 3 will be available for download exclusively on the Games For Windows Live Games On Demand service. Some of you may take this as your cue to resume panicking.


  1. Quxxy says:

    Fable 3 PC Version is still in development here at Lionhead so PC GAMERS don’t panic.


    Fable 3 will be available for download exclusively on the Games For Windows Live Games On Demand service.

    …aaaaww fuck.

    Now I’m tempted to just get it for my 360 so I don’t have to bother with GFWL bullshit. It was bad enough having it infect Batman.

    • Hmm says:

      OK, now I think you people are overreacting and complaining because it’s a “cool” thing to do.

      GFWL is lacking in many areas – GUI, stupid patching process, lack of features like chat, dashboard, avatars and so on, but honestly – despite those serious shortcomings, for single player games, it’s unitrusive and absolutely the best option. It’s something you can use if you want achievements, community, but it’s never forced upon you.

      Did GFWL in Batman raped your Joker in-game or something?

    • jon_hill987 says:

      If you do that then they have won. The only way to stop GfWL is to not buy a title that uses in on any platform.

    • CilindroX says:

      @Hmm : Yes, have you ever tried to recover a savegame from Batman? Reinstalled Windows with my new build, and BAM!
      Same thing goes for Street Fighter IV, but there’s a workaround for that.
      GFWL’s only purpose seems to rape us whenever it considers appropriate. You know, right before crashing.

    • Kevin says:

      It was annoying enough in DoWII when I had to log on not only into Steam, but GFWL too just to play the single-player…

      It got into balls-punching obnoxiousness territory when it came to multiplayer though.

      And lest we forget John Walker’s attempts to get the Operation Anchorage DLC for Fallout 3…

    • dancingcrab says:

      I tend to agree with Hmm… I have experienced GfWL whilst playing Fallout 3, Dawn Of War 2 (and Chaos Rising), Halo 2, Red Faction Guerrilla, and Gears Of War. The only time I’ve had a problem was when Gears decided to destroy my checkpoint saves. I’ve reinstalled Fallout 3 about four times, dropped my old saves back in, and continued playing no problems. Same with DoW2.

      I’m not saying I would use the GfWL GoD service… but the Live functionality is okay by me.

    • Ravenger says:

      Yep, GFWL ate my Batman save game too. Save game migration is a big issue for me – I keep backups of saves in case I go back to a game months or even years later. Finding out that they’re no longer usable because I changed OS is not a way to make me happy. Steam on the other hand will automatically download your saves on Steamcloud enabled games. Just goes to show one more reason Steam is so far ahead of GFWL.

    • mwoody says:

      Well, let’s not forget that the most recent major game to use Steam Cloud – New Vegas – used it to copy old saves over your current ones. That’s hardly a vote in their favor.

      That aside, my problem is less GFWL – it absolutely blows, but it’s not a total deal breaker for me so long as they don’t require BOTH GFWL AND Steam at the same time – it’s their claim that it will be available exclusively on their download service. That means I have to use their crappy store, which is almost certainly going to disappear soon due to being crappy, and that they’ll have no price competition – i.e. no Steam sales on this one.

    • subedii says:

      I had any number of problems with GFWL in DoW2. And Gears of War (I lost count of the number of times my savegames got eaten).

      And assuming they’re keeping with the featureset of the console version, Fable 3 PC is also going to be an online game. And frankly, GFWL is just plain bad when it comes to the online community system.

    • Tei says:

      Games For Windows Live is a joke a this point. I kind of understand wen you products are shit and your force your own employees to use then ( eat your own dog food) but Microsoft is trying that *customers* eat the dog food. GFWL is a way for microsoft to force customers and employess to use : ASPX, Silverlight, .NET, Live auth service, XBox Live Network… none of these services is the appropriate for Games For Windows, but Microsoft force then since want “power”, extending these proprietary technologies.

    • pkt-zer0 says:

      Well, let’s not forget that the most recent major game to use Steam Cloud – New Vegas – used it to copy old saves over your current ones. That’s hardly a vote in their favor.

      See, the difference is that’s an error on the programmers’ part, or a bug in Steam. Whereas not being able to access your savegames on a different OS/computer is GfWL working as intended.

    • Zogtee says:

      I had a wonderful login bug that prevented me from playing DoW2 online for fucking months. I love me some Fable and if it comes down to a choice between GFWL and the 360, I’ll go for the 360.

    • DoucheMullet says:

      Well, let’s not forget that the most recent major game to use Steam Cloud – New Vegas – used it to copy old saves over your current ones. That’s hardly a vote in their favor.

      That was a bug of New Vegas’ programming and was quickly fixed.

    • TheApplePie says:

      “Fable 3 will be available for download exclusively on the Games For Windows Live Games On Demand service”

      Funny thing is, people from the unsupported regions will not even be able to obtain the game (as they are not allowed to make purchases from GFWL marketplace) and you are all complaining about UI and lacking features… Well, I guess it makes the “voting with wallet” move even easier.

  2. Meat Circus says:

    Can also has a Fable: The Lost Chapters that works on Windows 7 x64 plox?

    • Fwiffo says:

      Wha? Works fine on mine.

    • Bhazor says:

      It works great on Vista x64 too.

    • Perjoss says:

      oh no, dont say that, I just ordered lost chapters a few hours ago :(

    • MuscleHorse says:

      I think its broken on most modern systems and there haven’t been any ways around on it found – though that it just works for others is interesting.

    • DrGonzo says:

      The first Fable is completely broken if you play in on the 360 so I doubt they will fix the PC version if they aren’t willing to fix the console version.

    • The_Terminator says:

      It’s always worked like a charm for me on Windows 7 x64 – I was playing it just the other day.

  3. Wichtel says:

    OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Coins says:

    Panicking? For Fable? I’ve stopped doing that a long, long time ago.

  5. Howard says:

    For those that played the 2nd one: Is it worth showing any interest in this? I thought the First game was a drab, dreary, pedestrian slog-fest pretending to be an RPG while not being one in any discernible way. I’ve heard good things about Fable 2 but, to be frank, only from people whose gaming opinion I do not value (360 gamers who think everything that comes out on that accursed box is perfection and wont listen to any criticism).

    From what I have seen the 2nd game just added a shed load of gimmicks while still making no attempt to become a real RPG (or even a real game – it still looks utterly linear) and I’ve not witnessed anything that would convince me the third will be different (plus the screen shots I’ve seen look horrifically ugly – but that could be the utter lack of power of the 360 as it shambles along at some ghastly resolution).

    Thoughts? Should the average PC gamer care or is this more fapping from Molyneux?

    • Mccy_McFlinn says:

      I enjoyed the first but the second was actually pretty boring. I’m not sure if I was more forgiving when the first came out as the second is very similar but with a butt load of worthless features added. I’ve had stories of people telling me that they earned loads buying and selling property and had wives etc etc. I never did any of that and got through to the end without a single hinderance. Getting a wife is easy enough, just spam her with shitty gifts until she spreads her legs.

      There’s absolutely no depth to any of it and certainly no real fun to be had. In fact, the only reason I could see for most of the features was to have an Xbox Live achievement – given the level of addiction some people have to getting achievements it seems spending 3 hours chopping blocks of wood or hammering malleable swords were acceptable gameplay additions.

      I’ll will admit, however, that the time spent in the Spire was excellent in terms of atmosphere. The game as a whole was polished and detailed but, like many latter-day Molyneux games, it felt boring to be there. Almost like you were waiting for the game to live up to the potential but it never, ever came. It’s definitely one of those games that has plenty of hype and I’m sure is enjoyed by many but I, sadly, was not one of them.

    • DrGonzo says:

      I thought the 2nd one was too lightweight and boring, there was no challenge and it was arguably not actually a game. The 3rd took the problems of the 2nd to the extreme in my opinion. So I can’t recommend it to anyone as I thought it was pants.

    • DiamondDog says:

      Fable 2 lost my interest very quickly so I only borrowed this one. They make some baffling design choices considering Molyneux bangs on and on about accessibility. I’ve lost all patience with his rhetoric now. The biggest example is the fact you can’t get to your map or quest log without going into this little hub world. It has all your weapons and various things laid out as seperate rooms that you have to physically walk into to access. So instead of streamlining, they’ve managed to add an extra barrier to getting the information you need. It wouldn’t irritate me so much if it wasn’t for Molyneux banging his drum about simplicity.

      I should say I’m not a big fan of the series as a whole, so it’s hard for me to ignore the flaws when the rest of the game doesn’t hold my interest.

  6. pakoito says:

    I wouldn’t say enjoying. Game’s pretty much a bluff, as the second one.

    OHYAY HATS! OHHAI WIFES! But once you come to your character skills the personalization is 0 to none. Bad arpeegee is bad.

  7. egg says:

    If it’s not available on Steam, it does not exist.

    • Bhazor says:

      Because having Steamworks forced on you is much better.

    • DrGonzo says:

      I didn’t realise voluntarily buying something of your own accord was defined as ‘forced’.

    • Benny says:

      Hmm, i thought steamworks and the steam DRM/games simply bought through steam were completely different things. One’s a relatively simple copy protection and the other’s achievements, community, matchmaking, cloud saving etc.

  8. Chris D says:

    I’m prepared to overlook GFWL if the game is sufficiently good. Having to download from them as well? It had better be the greatest game ever known to man. Even then it’s a maybe.

  9. TheApologist says:

    So, we get the first one which was alright, and the last one which is shit, skipping over the good one?

    I shall not be panicking. I shall be looking at Microsoft with narrow-eyed curiousity.

    • DrGonzo says:

      I thought the first one was great, the second one pretty awful and the third one was pretty much an expansion to the second, which as I said I didn’t enjoy.

  10. SimoRoth says:

    I thinking they may be adding in some nice extras for the PC version.

    Such as a cool new anti aliasing technique …Morphological Anti Aliasing. As you can see these examples were done with fable 3 (but it looks like it was too slow for the xbox version)

    link to iryokufx.com

    Either that or they need a couple months to jam GFWL integration into it.

    • noobnob says:

      Morphological AA is already available with the newest ATI cards, dunno about nVidia. It’s not really THAT good as it’s a post-processing effect and it’ll mess up with the image quality and legibility of text of some games. There are some games where it might be worth using though.

    • stahlwerk says:

      Interesting. The problem of it screwing up text may be circumventable if built into the engine proper, as it could be applied before compositing the text into the picture.

    • SimoRoth says:

      Erm it should not ever mess with the text.

      Text should be the last thing drawn in any game renderer. Otherwise it will create bloom/shift the HDR tone mapping and lighting by going through your full screen effects pipeline.

      Also the thing on the ATI cards is a single implementation in drivers that messes with the final frame buffer. That’s nasty and ugly, and as you said will look like crap.

      Your can implement your own algorithms for its edge detection on a platform like the PC where you have lots of grunt sitting idle.

    • Benny says:

      Ah Simon! Someone let you out of the basement?! The real question though is whether all that’s worth it. And i do hope they’re taking the time to redesign some of the UI and menus so they work properly with PC controls rather than a straight port.

      Anyway enough techy talk, if you come back quietly we won’t have to use the Glove of Love(tm).

  11. rocketman71 says:

    Presumed dead?. Why?. I had heard no such thing. Not that I care much, though.

    The only dead thing here is Microsoft’s blackened soul, especially with the abominable rape they’re performing to the AoE franchise.

  12. sneetch says:

    “Fable 3 PC Version is still in development here at Lionhead so PC GAMERS don’t panic. We’ll announce details when we’re ready to do so.”

    That kind of attitude is starting to piss me off, in what other industry would a casual “when we’re ready to do so” attitude be acceptable when dealing with customers? If an ISP told you they’d connect you “when we’re ready to do so” would you go with them? Or with someone who could actually give you a straight answer?

    Give us a date or piss off Microsoft (as we know, Lionhead is Microsoft Game Studios Europe). Sorry about the irritability dear RPS readers but this is irritating me now.

    Edit: and yeah, you can only buy the digital download version from GFW but there will be a physical disc version for those who prefer that.

    • briktal says:

      But then everyone would yell at them for rushing the game any time they encountered a bug.

    • sneetch says:

      Giving us a release date does not mean the same as rushing it out straight away.

    • Malawi Frontier Guard says:

      Sir, are you trolling?

    • sneetch says:

      Who are you asking?

    • DrGonzo says:

      The Xbox version was incredibly rushed. My flatmate actually encountered two game breaking bugs during his playthrough that stopped him from being able to complete any sidequest or even quest in two separate load screens.

    • Benny says:

      The difference between an ISP doing something when they’re ready (which tbh they usually do -.-) and a game company is that the game company’s selling you something, you’ve paid them no money so in all honestly they can do what the fuck they want.
      An ISP on the other hand, you’ve entered into a contract with, paid money and so expect a certain service back. The only cross over point in this is the MMO genre where you’re paying a subscription to them and so there’s a certain level of commitment from the developer to make sure their game prospers.

    • sneetch says:

      Well, it was just a random example, my point is that in other industries (even other parts of the software industry) you expect some kind of commitment from the people you’re dealing with.

      “When are you shipping that tax software?”
      “When we’re ready to do so”
      “You know what? We’ll go with someone else”

      Mind you, that does happen in games too, I’ve decided not to bother with delayed games in the past.

    • Jack says:

      It’s better to look at examples from other mediums, rather than technical services. Books, comics, etc, all have problems with delays. To paraphrase Neil Gaiman, meant in the nicest way possible: Peter Moleneux is not your bitch.

  13. Pijama says:

    So, anyone of our infiltrated comrades on console territory can tell us if it’s shit or not?

    • Man Raised By Puffins says:

      And the verdict is:
      *drum roll*
      Not shit!
      *and there was much rejoicing*

    • Pijama says:

      You sir, are BRILLIANT.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Or completely shit if your an old curmudgeon like me.

      Edit- I feel bad actually, not completely shit. There is one rather excellent quest where you get to play a tabletop RPG, a game within a game. But it doesn’t last very long unfortunately.

    • Man Raised By Puffins says:

      Oh, there’s plenty not to like about, I just found it to be a pleasing remix of Fable 2 is all. Given how divisive the series is it’s obviously not going to be everyones tastes.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Yeah, I can see how it is a bit like Marmite. If you crave stats and dialogue in your RPG’s I think it won’t be for you. But if you enjoyed the 2nd Fable I can’t see any reason why one wouldn’t love the new one.

    • pakoito says:

      So, not having stats or dialogue what does it have? because the combat system is utter crap and the customization outside the aestetical one (and the wife thingy) shines for its absence.

    • Man Raised By Puffins says:

      Well approaching it as an RPG doesn’t help, I’d class the games in the series as action/adventures more than anything else. The crux of it for me is that it’s just a charming world to bimble around in.

  14. oceanclub says:

    “I thought the First game was a drab, dreary, pedestrian slog-fest pretending to be an RPG while not being one in any discernible way. I’ve heard good things about Fable 2”

    It’s one of the few games I have on XBox, and yes, a “pedestrian RPG pretender” is the best way to describe it. I got so bored I just ended up buying every house in the city (which, since you earn money _in real time_ from rent, is easy if you dont’ play often). I’m not fussed about Fable 3, which since I’m unable to use GFWLM to buy anything as it won’t accept my credit card, is a relief.


  15. Fwiffo says:

    This is rubbish for me really. I haven’t played Fable 2 because I don’t own a 360 (and can’t afford one) so I feel like I’ve missed out. Unless this delay is so they’re porting 2 to PC and are going to release it as some bargain mega bundle, HMMM?

  16. Tally Lassiter says:

    Acquisition through alternate methods is the only thing this will encourage. Not that I wanted Fable that badly anyway.

  17. CakeAddict says:

    I already went and got this on the 360.
    They are probably going to whine about bad PC sales and blame it on piracy, again.

  18. Bhazor says:

    You do know “Available to download exclusively from…” is not the same as “Available exclusively as a download from…”?

    There will almost certainly be a boxed version.

    • Mark says:

      This. I failed at reading comprehension and read the former as the latter, and then started wondering to myself why Microsoft would commit commercial suicide.

  19. Zombat says:


    Did I miss Fable 2 coming out for PC?

  20. thebigJ_A says:

    Don’t worry, we’re not enjoying it much. Or at all…

  21. Malawi Frontier Guard says:

    Why bother? The PC is dead.

    Now excuse me, I need to play something on my Nintendo 64.

  22. The Hammer says:

    It better be out by Christmas, or I’ll be mightily bemused at Lionhead!

    Also, as a consolation, I say we should get that Freddy Mercury guy in the screenshot as a constant companion.

  23. Heliocentric says:

    Dirt 2’s gfwl integration was lovely. So some games screw up with it? I’ll judge fable on its own merits, not expecting much to be honest, i trust we’ll get a demo like 360land.

  24. jonfitt says:

    Microsoft Game Studios Europe aka Lionhead Studios prioritises Xbox360 over PC…..

    Sure sounds like Microsoft is doubling down on PC gaming to me!!!!

  25. Hunam says:

    /taps watch

    So, this PC gaming surge from Micorsoft… did I miss it?

    • sneetch says:

      You mean you missed it? Man, it was AWESOME! We all got great stuff. Awww, it’s a pity you missed it.

    • Lilliput King says:

      Yup, you blinked.

  26. Graye says:

    Wait… do we care about this?

    Yeah, I’m not hearing any clamor. Suppose we can go back to caring about good games now?

    • jonfitt says:

      My wife loves them. She played the first on Xbox, and then bought Lost Chapters (Fable1++) cheap on PC and preferred it. But Fable 2 unavailable on PC so she played on Xbox, and now she’ll probably buy this one on Xbox too.

      She also loves Dragon Age and KoToR as well…

    • Bhazor says:

      Your opinion /= everyone else’s.

    • sneetch says:

      I loved them too, some of the rare games I finish (played through Fable 2 twice), might just decide to pick this up on Xbox instead. Maybe on the way home tonight.

    • Graye says:

      Thanks, mate, I learn something new every day!

      …seriously? Was that even worth posting?

  27. Eclipse says:

    As the new GFW client doesn’t even install on my PC, I can say goodbye to a (legal) copy of Fable 3…

  28. KillahMate says:

    I’ve read that overview of the main quest line in Fable 2. Horrible stuff, frankly.

    Supposedly the side quests are really good and funny, and the voice acting is nice. That’s about it. For the life of me I can’t figure out how anyone could get at all excited about this series. If it wasn’t headlined by that Peter “I used to be a design god and now just can’t keep my mouth shut” Molyneux, it would be rightly classed somewhere alongside Venetica, firmly on the cheap shelf.

    • K says:

      You are speaking my mind. I played the first Fable and was appalled about how bad it was, and read Twentysided on Fable II, and again was shocked that it actually got worse. Fable 3 with its incredibly tasteless (and stupid) chicken trailer does not make me want to play it.

      I really do not understand what people like about it. It’s shallow, it’s never tense, its plot is as low as ME2, its combat is a slug-fest before you get the uber spells, and “Hold X to clear screen” after you get them, its economy can be broken with 50 items of any one kind (sell and buy repeatedly from/to the same merchant to make money) and there is really NOTHING likeable about the game. You can fart. haha. funny.

  29. Jimbo says:

    I really wouldn’t worry about it, it isn’t very good at all.


    There’s some enjoyable voice work, but the game itself is just… not ‘bad’ exactly, because ‘bad’ would imply that it does something – *anything* – to elicit some kind of reaction. There’s not much danger of it doing anything wrong (though it does still manage a couple of design clangers), because it never tries to do anything right. It’s possibly the least ambitious game I have ever played.

    The combat is inoffensive but totally unengaging. The storyline has a single interesting choice to make right at the start, which then never gets mentioned again at any point during the rest of the game. The ‘RPG’ element amounts to no more than ‘Hold A to be good, or hold X to be bad’ – infact, describing it as an RPG at all is a real stretch.

    Most of the game sees you collecting allies for your revolution, but you have absolutely no say in who you might approach or how you might go about it. In order to gain their support you have to promise them you’ll do x when you’re in power – which would be fine, except you have no choice about whether or not you make that promise. There is literally a ‘Hold X to Promise’ prompt, which you have to do to advance the game. Toward the end of the game you have the opportunity to keep these promises. Guess how much effort this requires on your part? You hold A.

    • KillahMate says:

      My point exactly.

      Please someone explain the appeal to me. Honestly, I want to know why people care about this, I can’t understand it.

    • Michael says:

      There are those of us who can appreciate a somewhat shallow pretty affair if it means they can tempt their significant other into gaming.

    • pakoito says:

      That’s Fable for you: streamlined RPG without the R and few of the P and G.

  30. Retro42 says:

    Ask any of the people unable to play DoW2 due to the GFWL update what they think of a “GFWLGOD exclusive”

    Not interested in buying it boxed (looks fun but not THAT fun).

    A good steam sale/presale COULD put me over the edge into buy territory. GWFLGOD……*shrug* I don’t really wanna lock myself into another service for a game that looks OK.

  31. Dreamhacker says:

    Don’t panic, I have it on good authority that Fable is crap.

  32. Nick says:

    Well, they’ve gone so far out of their way to persuade me not to buy it, who am I to ignore them?

  33. drewski says:

    If you can import your Fable 2 Xbox 360 save to the PC version, I’ll buy it. Otherwise, I’ll just borrow my mates’ 360 copy.

    • Man Raised By Puffins says:

      The only thing Fable 3 seems to import from the Fable 2 save is the gender of the hero so I doubt they’d release a tool to allow such cross-platform tomfoolery.

    • Schadenfreude says:

      Which pissed me off no end because in Fable 2 I drank that sex-change potion unaware that it would instantly overwrite my savegame when I did so. So my big scary hairy man monster turned into a big scary hairy woman and apparently popped out two sprogs.

      Funny that no one has commented that their mother used to be a man.

  34. strange headache says:

    Played Fable 1 once, stopped caring after I got the sword and had to fight some wizard in a lighthouse. I dunno, the game just felt shallow. Never understood why Molyneux had so much success with it.

  35. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    Fable 3. It won’t be missed.

  36. malkav11 says:

    I’d panic if I cared very much about the Fable series these days.

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  38. kraz says:

    Dear Lionhead, PC gamers won’t panic, because PC gamers don’t care.
    Should you be thinking along the lines of Syndicate or Populous, well, that’ll be another matter entirely.

  39. Ezhar says:

    For me, Fable and GFWL are the perfect match – keeping all the things I don’t want in one convenient package. Just please stop infesting games I actually care about with that GFWL rubbish.

  40. Fata_Morgana says:

    You PC guys should be glad you don’t have a PC version of Fable 3 yet. Maybe, just maybe, by the time you do have it, you’ll actually have a working, complete game, as opposed to the glitchy, broken mess that was released on the 360. Ha ha ha, who am I kidding?

    I’ve put my 360 version of Fable 3 on the shelf and went back to play through Fable 1 TLC and Fable 2 again until they get around to patching the damn thing. And now, after having finished both of those, I’m still waiting on a patch for Fable 3. Oh, and Fable 2 is actually still pretty broken as well, which doesn’t bode well for any bug fixes coming for Fable 3.