Fable III PC not a 'half-done port' - Report

Lionhead sounds off on upcoming Windows version of action role-playing game; title due out May 17.

Microsoft confirmed that Fable III would be released on the PC platform last year, but just months before the game's October 26 release date, the company announced the PC edition was "on a different schedule" than its Xbox 360 brother. Then, in February, Microsoft offered gamers a sweet morsel of news, slapping a May 17 release date on the PC version of the game. Now, developer Lionhead Studios is sounding off on the title, saying it never had the intention of rushing the game out.

Speaking with Rock Paper Shotgun, Lionhead lead designer Josh Atkins said PC gamers can expect a game that is "respectful" of the platform.

Fable III finally hits PC next month.

"Our hope is that people who pick up on PC think 'OK, this plays how I would expect it to play; it doesn't play like just a half-done port,' which I think is the danger for PC games," he said. "With Fable III on PC, we wanted it to feel like it was respectful of the platform; that it had been built for it."

While PC gamers have had to wait months to play the game, the time has afforded Lionhead the ability to do something it has never done with a Fable game: add difficulty levels and stereoscopic 3D support. Fable III for the PC will ship with an exclusive Hardcore mode, which raises the game’s difficulty.

Microsoft has not said whether or it plans to release the $5 Understone Quest Pack or the $7 Traitor's Keep Quest Pack downloadable content for the PC edition of Fable III.

For more on the title, check out GameSpot's review of the Xbox 360 version of Fable III.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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dannybanny
dannybanny

Ahh so finally the time for wait is over huh.I played Fable 1.Hope the plot should'nt be weird for me to understand.:p

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dannybanny

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wedran123
wedran123

Well after waiting for a bout a year i sure hope its no crysis2.....Damn that is a massive half assed port

radioactive1wiz
radioactive1wiz

Can't say this will take priority over Witcher 2 for me.. But I have exams during may anyway. I'll buy them both as I don't have a 360 but I loved fable 1+2. Besides, it's my birthday on the 17th :)

wis3boi
wis3boi

Make up your mind, devs....Fable on PC or no? You seem to have lost F2 in there somewhere. You seem lost on what you want to do

Lateraliss
Lateraliss

I thought this was a terrible game. It had very little substance, and was so easy there should have just been a "WIN" button you could press. The original Fable is still the best game in my opinion. Fable 2 was the worst.

Gamenapkin
Gamenapkin

(movie above) crazy looking combat. Yeah, you could add a million more things for PC: Online auction house, crafting, teams of builders, squads to follow you, dedicated forums, multi-player, no log-on to the internet or die software, empire buiding, soooooo much more memory in a PC.

supertom221
supertom221

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Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

Oh well I have it on xbox already so if all they did was 'add difficulty levels and stereoscopic 3D support. ' then I doubt I'll feel the need to buy it again. Anyone on the PC who likes Fable titles though and hasn't got it on the xbox then I'd recommend it. I found it the most fun fable yet since the story was just better, it felt like you achieved more and it did what each fable is meant to do. Chuck you in a charming world with some good laughs and some decent action. The only problem I've heard people complain about is that stats are a little hidden (there wasn't many stats anyway :/, but stuff like health and clothing stuff is hidden) and some seem to think there isn't as many side missions but personally I found there to be enough.

jollybest1
jollybest1

this or the witcher 2, not a tough choice for me, the witcher 2 , as i said a long time ago if microsoft wanted to get back in the pc industry they wouldn't release this game when one of the pc titans is coming , and for the time they screwed with us pc gamers canceling alan wake for pc , delaying fable 3, never releasing a fable 2 game ,and srewing up the age of empires game, the only good thing they did was back in the days when age of mythology or aoe or halo 1 were released and were good games, they left the pc gamers , i am sorry for lionhead and the B&W games but they are dead for me and i have the year booked with games like the witcher 2 dungeon siege 3, bf 3, mass effect 3, tes 5, next resident evil game,batman arkham city and many more

Agent3sephiroth
Agent3sephiroth

Who are we addressing when we comment in articles or videos? Do we imagine some potential audience and then fabricate a narrative to appease them? Or are comments meant to address ourselves, as we type them... So confused.. erm..anyway fable3 looks great as long as it's free from terrible glitches.

Darth_Kane
Darth_Kane

Fable III PC not a 'half-done port', just a 'half-done game'

chaos20
chaos20

@pelvist i wouldnt say it was horrible, but B&W had an amazing story and all the little scroll quests and using your powers to impress rival villages was amazing....B&W 2 on the other hand had little to compare with scrolls and story and was basically a dumbed down strategy game with a giant creature

pelvist
pelvist

@samnov Speak for youself I enjoyed both B&W games and i thaught B&W 2 was the best of the two.

samnov
samnov

@Damascuss: The first Black & White was brilliant, Black & White 2 however, was horrible..

Damascuss
Damascuss

I'm disappointed the PC never got Fable 2. But I'm pretty excited for this, really enjoyed Fable TLC. Would be nice to see a Black & White 3, but I'm sure that's nothing but wishful thinking and it would probably be changed drastically and thrown on the console.

wahyudil
wahyudil

repair all the mistakes in xbox360 fable III ... and thats what I call super ... I don't need any harder difficulties as I always play games in normal mode ... I play game to relief stress not to add one

LTMarine
LTMarine

Thats nice and all, but don`t be surprised when it doesn`t sell after launching it so damn late.

pankaj360
pankaj360

yaya we want alan wake for pc ,halo 3 gears series . not some beatup game whose 2nd part they kindly forgot to release on pc . kiss my *** u know wat microharda**.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

You know what, I'll just repost what desmasic said near the bottom of the page: "I couldn't care less about what console gamers think of Fable series (including Fable 3 of course). As far as the interview at RPS is concerned, it appears that PC version has improved enemy AI and overall increased difficulty (read=fun, compared to console version) along with better visuals, of course. So yeah, looking forward to it. Enjoyed Fable TLC and it sucks that we didn't get Fable 2 (maybe after Fable 3 they will release it.. though I doubt it)." @Joefatty2x4 Another preview also talked about adding proper mouse support, And you should know they only mention the 'big things' in news posts like this. @Nodashi Yes, taking this long to make a "half-bake port". OMG! COMPREHENSION FAIL!!!

brian_13un
brian_13un

Of course Games deserved to be fully Optimized for PC it's not something to say, it must be done :)

swmeek
swmeek

They never bothered to release part 2 for PC so why bother with part 3 for PC?

nathace
nathace

its ok I'm losing interest rapidly ive bin waiting that long! so screw u lionshead taking us for mugs.

TheJamin
TheJamin

ah its always nice to see this sort of treatment. rockstar could learn a thing or two.

a_tiger101
a_tiger101

Well, luckily for us PC-Only gamers, BF3 is designed for PC.

cruelselva
cruelselva

Fable-FTW Fable2-F*** the console Fable3-WTF

shinigami7th
shinigami7th

oh yeah.... they got a lot to redeem after abandoning pc gamers with not porting fable 2

Joefatty2x4
Joefatty2x4

so this isn't a half-done port because it has 3D support and a Hardcore mode? as if that means anything whatsoever

BloodMist
BloodMist

So what, they want a medal for doing what they're supposed to do?In reality, the amount of PC versions of multiplatform games that could be put into the category of "bad port" is pretty tiny.Not taking advantage of the platform is a completely different category, but every multiplatform game is going to be fairly guilty of that.

mopeyking
mopeyking

Fable III PC not a 'half-done port', yet sadly still a 'half-ass game'

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

I could have sworn every liked Fable 2 more than 3...

Johny_47
Johny_47

If this is true then it's about time, I haven't been playing games on PC for more than a year or two(I built my first budget gaming PC a short time ago) but I always heard that PC gamers always have 'the short end of the stick' because of bad/lazy ports from consoles. And to pelvist I have the witcher but don't like it, not my kind of game but I think it's nice when a game is exclusive to PC, runs nice and it's good quality AND doesn't take about 5 hours to finish a story mode *ugh hum* 'rehashed' call of duty crap =P

h_cj
h_cj

@Paulos1974 You think they care about PC, no my friend they don't, they just want more money to spend for console games If they cared about PC they would have released Alen Wake for PC The last major game witch Microsoft released for PC was Gear of War in 2007 and now they are worried about "danger for PC games" !!!, how hilarious

pelvist
pelvist

No thanks, if the game was released at the same time as the 360 version i would likely have baught it. however I dont really care for sloppy seconds and iv heard how the game isnt really that good from 360 gamers. Ill think ill spend my money on a PC game instead like The Witcher 2.

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

Fable 3 is an awful game. Take my advice and avoid it at all costs.

joeborg14
joeborg14

Now how are you gonna bring Fable III to the PC and not Fable II?

Nodashi
Nodashi

A half-done port to a half-baked game... Hurray! 1/4th of a good game! Pass...

sircyrus
sircyrus

But it wasn't built for it. It was tweaked for it. Hopefully more was tweaked than the controls and UI. The very gameplay of the past 2 Fable games has been more suited to consoles - because it was built for them.

Paulos1974
Paulos1974

Good to see the PC is not being forgotten

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

This is awwwesome. I can't wait to be playing a decent, well made Lionhead game on PC once more ^^ I adore Lionhead's work, may they continue forever!

Crimsader
Crimsader

Better late and polished than soon and broken.

punkpunker
punkpunker

my first impression playing with fable 3 is the interface sucks. it proves that fable 2 is a better game.

limakokba
limakokba

this comes as a small consolation....... i think.

glenn2709
glenn2709

We get Fable III but Fable II is no where to be found.

ronnet
ronnet

Fable 3 is a half done game, scrap that.... it is a half done piece of sh*t. PC gamers: do not pay for this, it is not worth yout time, even if the 'game' was free then someone should be paying you to spend your time on it. The hardcore mode is a nice touch, because part of the problem was that there was no challenge to the repetitive combat. But that doesn't make the combat any less repetitive. Or add to this shallow game that tries to be a simulator, adventure game, RPG, kingdom manager and fails at all of these. Especially as a PC gamer who is used to great games in all these genres, Fable 3 will appear as twice the horrible game that it is on the 360. DO NOT BUY (I got the collector's edition, worst game I ever bought)

ImTonyStark
ImTonyStark

@fredwv They'll never release Fable 2 for PC :( They are releasing Fable3 on PC to make up their loss on the consoles (as it was a horrible game & console gamers kicked back hard on them :P )

Kulcan
Kulcan

This is better than nothing I think ...

blasterchief
blasterchief

Well yeah, if it was only a half-done port then the PC version would only be a quarter of a game.