Fable III PC delayed

Windows version of upcoming action role-playing game now "on a different schedule" than Xbox 360 cousin; won't make previously scheduled October 26 debut.

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Microsoft and Lionhead Studios surprised many gamers when the two announced that a PC version of Fable III would be released alongside the console version on October 26. However, those awaiting the Windows version of the third installment are going to have to wait longer, as the game has been slapped with a delay.

Microsoft has not confirmed an updated release date for the PC version of Fable III and said only that the game is now on a "different schedule" than the Xbox 360 version.

PC gamers will have to wait to throw their children.

"The console and PC versions are now on different schedules as we’re focusing on building experiences optimized for each platform," read a statement given to GameSpot. "We aren’t announcing a ship date for the PC SKU at this time, but expect news soon."

Developed by Lionhead Studios, Fable III will cast players as the king or queen of Albion, tasking them with commanding their realm, keeping the peace, and waging war.

In other Fable news, yesterday, Lionhead Studios and Microsoft unleashed the Fable III Villager Maker tool on Xbox.com. The Web-based app lets those who preorder the game create a custom character that can be migrated to the full game.

Discussion

210 comments
Prinzack
Prinzack

Well, I can either wait for the PC version or buy a 360, which crapped out on me once before already. =/ Patience is a virtue.

ElBuro
ElBuro

It is obvious why Lionhead and Microsoft does not release fable during christmass! Microsoft hopes people buy 360s as christmas presents first, to play fable or something as it's the right purchace season. It's lousy old strategy! Come on I can't belive people would fall for that!

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

@key1001 pc gaming is in a dying stasis, and its a fact. all we get is port after port of games developed on pcs that are aimed to run on consoles. sad times :(

key1001
key1001

We gotta keep the PC gaming community alive. At least for the next generation too! Teach your kids to love PC, the mother of all new born games of both consoles and PC itself.

sam441
sam441

it's not worth the waiting fable is dead

mohdfaizlamin
mohdfaizlamin

Screw you, Microsoft and Lionhead, screw you. I just hope the waiting will be worth it.

fattass21
fattass21

hmmmm, i find that it was to good to be true. this always happen. ah well, pc gaming is the most pirated right? damn, wish it did came out tho :/

grobm06
grobm06

Apparently the rumoured release for Fable 3 is " February 2011". Really bummed when I heard this, thought it would come out latest by the end of December.

kardmiliphen
kardmiliphen

If they cancel the Fable III for PC, then the backlash of the uproared PC gamers everywhere will be hard-to-recover blow to GFWL and microsoft. MS definitely don't need any more infamy.

Son_Jazrin
Son_Jazrin

@boogie25, I agree with you 100 percent.

boogie25
boogie25

"The console and PC versions are now on different schedules as we’re focusing on building experiences optimized for each platform," Translate to: we need to build better copy protection for pc, so you have to wait a bit longer.

badboy_122
badboy_122

Maybe it's more suitable for a couch than a pc chair ... like Alan wake .. f**k you Microsoft .... fu*king hate you but loves your games unfortunately :S

Aravos
Aravos

FFS... why does it ALWAYS have to be a PC delay... Dissapointing!

FuBi2k
FuBi2k

I doubt they will cancel at this purported point in development, but wouldn't be surprised if they eventually just shipped a sloppy port. PC titles are still around and the communities while not as strong as the console "fanboys" ease of use as a platform, are still as active as they've ever been and are hardly diminishing. Just because figures and message board observations tell us that console sales are on the rise, it doesn't at all mean that the user base for PC is getting smaller.

jarule88
jarule88

Your right. 360 gamers have to pay for Live which is $50 a year. 360 owners buy games like crazy and since the Slim is selling like hotcakes worldwide, we shouldn't be surprised it PC version gets cancelled. / PC gaming is diminisihing and the user base is getting smaller. Its rather that there is a larger audience for console gaming now. I see that for you rest of the world means... either USA, or west europe... since I don't know anyone who has Xbox... I don't even know a guy, that knows a guy that has Xbox... PC gaming will probably never die... unless they invent something similiar to it.. meaning great control in game (KB and mosue >> gamepad, anytime).. Long live PC :D I had playstation once... but all the games sucked :D Guess I'm also more of a FPS, and RTS guy.. ofc I love RPG's .. Damn you Microstof why don't you release Fable 2 for PC.. even port would be nice :D

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Sounds like the PC version of Fable 3 might end up like the PC version of Alan Wake.

diggerup
diggerup

Well, it's probably for the best. Since Fallout New Vegas is coming up on the 19th, this makes for a perfect game while waiting for the PC release of Fable 3. Oh gee.. I could buy either the PC or 360 version of New Vegas on the same day. Why is that? Because Bethesda isn't a Microsoft Studios company. No greed element to factor in..

ZeGito
ZeGito

Christmas 2010 plz

ehuman
ehuman

FINE. But they better release it THIS year.

aermeus
aermeus

PC games taking a back burner again lol...i primarily game on the PC but own all three consoles. Honestly xbox is starting to get the least amount of play. If MS would just release a KB and Mouse for play on the console then i would play it more...at least PS3 has some games compatible with KB and mouse.

robram9
robram9

I've been playing games for as long as I can remember, yes I got to play most of the classics you kids read about, I started as a console gamer (like most people) but sometime in 1999 I got a little game called Half Life and there was not turning back for me, these days I own a 360, PS3 and a killer gaming rig that I built myself, of all three my PC is the one I use the most to play, maybe because my favorite genres are RTS's and FPS's, I just can't get used to play that kind of games on a console with a game pad, I think of myself as a PC gamer and I'm proud of it, even when I know some game developers and publishers think of us as second class gamers I'll keep gaming on my PC for as long as they make games for it... Long Live PC gaming!!!

sapir_a
sapir_a

it was so obvious that this will happen. developers always delay the PC releases --- I HATE IT WHEN THEY DO THAT

magusat999
magusat999

@wiidsduelpack PC gaming isn't diminishing - it's developers not releasing games on the PC despite the fact that there are customers wanting to play them on the PC. There is no PC gamer abandoning gaming on the PC, but rather being forced to play on consoles as the games they would rather play on PC are not getting developed for the platform. There are even reports that indicate a new strategy - not releasing FPS games, so that the inability of consoles to compete in that genre won't be felt.

magusat999
magusat999

Why weren't they "focusing on building experiences optimized for each platform" in the first place? WHat were they planning on doing at first - release a port to PC players? I cannot believe the idiocity and sheer laziness of these companies nowadays - and what happened to making the milestone or die trying? I think what they really want to do is have some cushion time to force feed the Xbox360 version, hoping that people who don't have one will be compelled to buy it so they can squeeze more sales by holding Fable III hostage. Fable is a great series - but it isn't a hardware seller.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

@asimplerapper Your right. 360 gamers have to pay for Live which is $50 a year. 360 owners buy games like crazy and since the Slim is selling like hotcakes worldwide, we shouldn't be surprised it PC version gets cancelled. / PC gaming is diminisihing and the user base is getting smaller. Its rather that there is a larger audience for console gaming now.

xViViDly
xViViDly

Even though delays like this sometimes occur with the pc. I'm still dying to get my hands on a powerful gaming rig T 3 T.

Randy272004
Randy272004

A delay is good enough.At least they decided to bring Fable 3 to PC

Arther-la-Blunt
Arther-la-Blunt

Disappointed. But, I suppose this will allow them to ensure that Fable III for PC is a quality product.

nemiisis
nemiisis

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MJ_kratos
MJ_kratos

delayed ? why ? I can't endure ! I love Fable III

razgriz1972
razgriz1972

I wouldn't mind so much that its delayed but at least give us a date when you say that. it better not get repeatedly delayed i have been waiting for ages

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Ah well that's... disappointing. But not unsurprising given the manufacturers current obsession with feeding their console sales.

asimplerapper
asimplerapper

the reason is because they want to maximize console sales, which generates the most money

StuartBraule
StuartBraule

cant wait for this game, lets hope that they have fable 2 adding in as a bonus or something!!

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

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Transparanoia
Transparanoia

@XanderZane It's not as much Lionhead as it is Microsoft I reckon. Look at this way, Gears of War 2, Halo 3, Fable 2. All their prequels were on PC, but these weren't. Microsoft stopped supporting the PC ages ago so people would buy an 360. One of the many reasons I've avoided the 360 like a plague.

pogswarts
pogswarts

@Marccee4 I also think that Fable was better on Consoles (sadly). I'm just saying that if they would have taken more time they could have made it so the game didn't feel so confined with the tiny levels by combining them, but of course that would have changed a lot of the game. Also the interface just felt strange with a mouse & keyboard, but was fine for a console.

Marccee4
Marccee4

@pogswarts It wasnt a direct port so why say something that isnt true? Even if they ported the game then they expanded it which made it the lost chapters. They made use of the Pc's tools-e.g adding quick us item menu by using number hotkeys but I personally feel the series felt better on console. Im not saying the Pc's a bad system, and im not saying shooters are better on console or anything (although I personally prefer playing them on console). I just feel that I would get more out of this game by playing it on a 360 even without the crappy Natal add ons.

XanderZane
XanderZane

@mardinn I hope they BURN IN HELL. XanderZane basically shut up. Microsoft = 360 and PC and Again Like fkbwii Another letdown by Lionhead.. Fable II did not come on PC. Fable I came 1 year later now this... eh.. We shall welcome Fable III to our Pc's in 2011 ;D ***************************************************** Aaah.. no. I won't shut up. lol!! I'll voice my opinion just like everyone else. If you don't like it, too bad. Lionhead knows where the money is at. I don't even think they sold 1 million copies of Fable on the PC. If they want to make a profit, it'll be on the game consoles first. It's economics 101. ============================================== @GabrielOnuris @pogswarts Yes, totally agreed, PC is the best platform for every genre, the combo keyboard + mouse is still the better feature to play most of games, specially shooters and third person games. For fighting and racing you can still use a proper joystick though. ****************************************************************** It sucks for fighting, driving and 3D platform games. PC is perfect for RTS, puzzle, Sims, RPGs, MMO and some FPS games. That's about all I would play on a PC.

SystemOnline
SystemOnline

So, it's the standard treatment for PC all over again then?

nemiisis
nemiisis

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TrueIori
TrueIori

lol and i still laugh at the people who support the crap service that is GFWL from Msoft....

lee1823
lee1823

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nemiisis
nemiisis

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GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

@pogswarts Yes, totally agreed, PC is the best platform for every genre, the combo keyboard + mouse is still the better feature to play most of games, specially shooters and third person games. For fighting and racing you can still use a proper joystick though.

lee1823
lee1823

What would be REALLY cool is if they were secretly porting Fable 2 aswell. I'd def buy it if it came out as a double pack. We can hope i suppose?

CursedCheetos
CursedCheetos

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