Fable III for PC is not “a half-done port” – lovely new shots

Thursday, 14th April 2011 00:04 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Following a sudden screen-release after a long period in the shadows, the PC version of Fable III is apparently back, with a developer assuring you’re not looking at some half-arsed conversion.

“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,’” lead designer Josh Atkins told Rock Paper Shotgun. “Which I think is the danger for PC games.”

He added: “Not to knock anyone else, but people tend to just rush games out onto the PC, they do the very quickest port they can and they try to do it as a financial model rather than let’s try to make something that at least plays like it was designed for this platform, and respects what the platform does.”

Atkins said the PC port was motivated by fan demand, but also that there was no doubt PC games could be profitable.

“I know tons of people who play on the PC. So I don’t think it’s a business thing – it’s understanding how that business has changed,” he explained.

“And that’s something that, whenever something pivotal happens, like for example if the model moves from retail to completely digital, like X large % digital, I can’t tell you how many people buy games on PC digitally but it’s a big number. You have to think slightly differently, and you have to think about the whole business case differently”.

For the conversion team, producing the PC version was a little like coming home, and gave them the chance to think about what PC gamers might like in their version.

New features include an adjustable difficulty level with individual enemies tweaked; a streamlined property management system; a mouse-friendly interface; less focus on collecting; and lots and lots of bug fixes.

The PC version of Fable III is due in May.



  1. UuBuU

    It would’ve been nice if they came out and said this back when the game was first revealed instead of messing people about with the PC release date.

    I’m still not sure whether i’ll bother with this. I enjoyed Fable I and II but the general verdict seems to be that III is the worst in the series.

    While the features they’re adding to the PC release sound encouraging, I really can’t see that verdict changing.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. viralshag

    Hey UuBuU, I also enjoyed Fable I and II but I wouldn’t say this was the worst. It was more like slanted step forward, not an amazing leap. I would definitely say pick it up if you are indeed a fan of the Fable series.

    I’m half tempted to pick it up on the PC myself but having already played through the console version I would probably wait for a sale. Whenever I talk about Fable to other people though or recommend it, I always stress that if you are a fan of the comedy/art style/combat of Fable, I think this is worth it. If you’re on the fence, then yeah, give it a miss.


    #2 4 years ago
  3. Old MacDonald

    I wish it wouldn’t use Games for Windows. But I guess I’ll just have to deal with it. Because the game does look interesting.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. NeoSquall

    @3 It’s published by Microsoft itself, so you can’t really ask them to ditch their own games brand, even if it’s shitty as hell :D

    #4 4 years ago

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