With the recent Microsoft announcement at GDC regarding the Fable 3 PC release date, It has become apparent that not only has Microsoft shot itself in the foot, but also that it has been shooting itself repeatedly to the point where one can doubt whether it can stand on them again ever since it shut down Ensemble studios, which was notable for games such as Age of Mythology. The Fable series is just one of many examples in which Microsoft completely gave the shaft to PC gamers. For this reason, it seems sensible to completely disregard any future entries. Why?
Fable 2 was never released on PC
Aside from Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise, the fable series is one of the few series in which its games were never released at the same time the console equivalent was. The prime difference, however, is that the Assassin’s Creed franchise is predictable. Since no Assassin’s Creed PC version was ever released the same day as the console version, we can predict that no Assassin’s Creed game will ever reach both platforms the same day, which is, honestly, fine, as the PC version is usually superior to the console version anyway. The Fable 3 series, however, takes a different approach. Although the original Fable and Fable 3 do provide enhancements over the console version, the fact that Microsoft did not have any plans to release the lauded sequel, Fable 2, which has a higher metacritic score than the third game, for no particular reason at all just infuriates the fans of the series on the PC platform.
Fable 3 PC release date
If you have heard of the recent announcement at GDC, you would know that Fable 3 is scheduled to be released on May 17th this year. Wait a minute…isn’t that the same day The Witcher 2, which happens to be the sequel to an AA game and is a game that is expected to garner AAA reviews, is also released? Does Microsoft really expect to compete with The Witcher 2?
Probably no Steam version
Honestly, the only possible way one would expect this game to recoup its production cost and make a decent amount of money is if it were sold to at least the largest gaming digital distribution service which happens to be Steam. Since Fable 3 is a Microsoft title, it does not seem likely that it will be released on steam, which is a shame, as many would consider buying once it becomes on sale.
By not releasing Fable 2, releasing the third game on May the 17th, and the fact that many might not purchase it as it won’t be available on steam, Microsoft should understand that if the game does not sell properly, it is only because of the bad decision-making it has done with regards to the PC platform.