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No Fable II for PC, says Lionhead

No Fable II for PC, says Lionhead

Despite rumours that Lionhead was working on a PC port, there is no PC version of Fable 2 planned.

Peter Molyneux's Lionhead Studios is not currently being ported to the PC despite rumours, say Lionhead employees in official rebukes on the Lionhead forums.

While Lionhead has been busy putting the finishing touches to the first batch of downloadable content for the Xbox 360 exclusive Fable 2, rumours have been circulating that a PC port of the free-roaming RPG is in the works.

Community Managers speaking on the Lionhead forums were pretty clear however, stating outright that "We're not working on a PC version of Fable 2."

"If this changes we'll make sure you know about it on our website(s)," he added, just to help keep the hope alive despite the fact that Fable 2 is firmly listed as an Xbox 360 exclusive by Microsoft.

While the first Fable game was eventually expanded and moved across to the PC, it isn't the first popular series that has abandoned the PC format mid-series. Gears of War was also moved across to the PC eventually, but then Epic confirmed that it would not be working on a PC version of Gears of War 2, ever.

Fable 2 was released by Lionhead back in November last year and you can check out our thoughts on the game in our Fable 2 casual gamer review, written by Joe's little sister.

Are PC ports of Xbox and PlayStation games ever any good? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Cobalt 27th January 2009, 12:03 Quote
Shame because I would have bought it in a second if they did release it. I don't intend on buying a 360 any time soon and I prefer gaming on the PC anyway. So thats one lost sale at least.
reflux 27th January 2009, 12:20 Quote
It seems like a lot of these companies have a vendetta against PC gaming. And they seem to be the ones that are where they are because of us PC gamers - Epic and Lionhead would never exist if it wasn't for the successes they achieved with the PC. Way to go guys.
ImInTheZoneBaby 27th January 2009, 12:21 Quote
Awww, CRAP.
Not impressed...

The modifications for it would have been awesome. ;P
*cries in the corner*
Paradigm Shifter 27th January 2009, 12:22 Quote
I've only found one port to PC decent, and that was Devil May Cry 4. Every other port I've had experience of has left me... unimpressed.

But to be honest, I was so underwhelmed by Fable 1 on the PC that I really don't care. I've been disappointed with every Lionhead game I've played. *shrug*
Xtrafresh 27th January 2009, 12:52 Quote
not impressed either...
bowman 27th January 2009, 13:02 Quote
Can't say I care. I'll be spending my money on proper PC games, like Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3.

Have fun tinkering with your console games, Molyneux. I'm sure the lowered quality bar and expectations have done a lot to make your days at work simpler.
Lepermessiah 27th January 2009, 13:02 Quote
Not missing much, i have a 360, and I must say, Fable 1 and Fable 2 are amongst the most overrated xbox games, very simplistic RPG that lacks considerable depth, no dialog choices at all. Not missing much with games like Dragon Age on the way.
rollo 27th January 2009, 13:05 Quote
name one good lionhead game exept fable 2

as i cant
Lepermessiah 27th January 2009, 13:54 Quote
Fable II is not that good either. RPG for 6 year olds.
azrael- 27th January 2009, 14:02 Quote
I can deal with the fact that "Peter Molyneux's Lionhead Studios" isn't ported to the PC... :p

I'd really like for "Fable 2" to be ported to the PC, though. Fable (1) had its flaws but was still very enjoyable to play. One of the few games to lure me away from CS/CZ, for instance. :)
[USRF]Obiwan 27th January 2009, 14:34 Quote
Its all fairy tales and fables to me...
itazura 27th January 2009, 14:38 Quote
surprised there's not more bitterness in here, like when it was announced gears of war 2 wasn't going to the pc either.

that wasn't a big loss, tbh. but it's a shame people are going to be missing out on fable ii :(
lildopDOTcom 27th January 2009, 14:44 Quote
With how cheap 360's are now anyway. So if your that desperate, drop about 120 for a pre-owned 360, finish fable in a day or 2 then return it all.

It's crap companies rule out certain platform's with games. But i guess its just one of those things.
togaman5000 27th January 2009, 14:59 Quote
Truthfully I was planning on buying it and giving it a go. If this is due to piracy concerns, then I'm disappointed in Mr. Molyneux. Look at Valve, do what they do, and piracy won't be a huge issue.
Diosjenin 27th January 2009, 15:33 Quote
I would have bought it in a heartbeat. I'm sure not going out and buying a 360 for them just so I can play it, though.

Their loss.
Tokukachi 27th January 2009, 16:42 Quote
Ignoring the massive flaws in Fable II for the moment, I would just like them to patch the game so I can actually finish it. I can't interact with anything any more, and judging by the posts on the Lionhead forums, I'm not alone. :(
themax 27th January 2009, 17:03 Quote
Part of me wants to believe the lacking PC versions lately in certain games is an attempt to further drive 360 sales. I know that I would rather play majority of the 360 games on PC at a cheaper price and buy PS3 exclusives. Used to get the best of both worlds, but now games, and in some cases, the DLC is being locked out of the PC version. Hopefully Valve doesn't cave to this business model with the Xbox (I doubt they will, but if Microsoft was actually able to convince Bethesda and Epic, to cut out the PC on some games/content, who knows what else they can do).
Narishma 27th January 2009, 17:17 Quote
I still don't believe them when they say Gears of War 2 will stay console exclusive. It was the same for Halo 2, GTA 4, Mass Effect and others.
naokaji 27th January 2009, 17:21 Quote
No pc version of fable 2? their bad, guaranteed no sale to me then.
devdevil85 27th January 2009, 18:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by themax
Part of me wants to believe the lacking PC versions lately in certain games is an attempt to further drive 360 sales. I know that I would rather play majority of the 360 games on PC at a cheaper price and buy PS3 exclusives. Used to get the best of both worlds, but now games, and in some cases, the DLC is being locked out of the PC version. Hopefully Valve doesn't cave to this business model with the Xbox (I doubt they will, but if Microsoft was actually able to convince Bethesda and Epic, to cut out the PC on some games/content, who knows what else they can do).
Considering I played the original Fable on PC, I wouldn't play it any other way. Also, that is another huge reason for me getting a PS3: PC for 360's exclusives & 3rd party FPS and PS3 for its exclusives. I guess that plan won't be coming to fruition. MS has to be doing this on purpose. PC must be seen as a threat to their console sales. What's the point of Games for Windows?
eXpander 27th January 2009, 19:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by azrael-
I can deal with the fact that "Peter Molyneux's Lionhead Studios" isn't ported to the PC... :p

I'd really like for "Fable 2" to be ported to the PC, though. Fable (1) had its flaws but was still very enjoyable to play. One of the few games to lure me away from CS/CZ, for instance. :)


Indeed! I've finished Fable 5 times on the PC, just for the heck of it. I really loved that game, the freedom of decisions, the "good/evil" choices and the simplicity of it. It was a great game for a casual RPG fan. And I was waiting for Fable2 for ages.
No port? Sucks!
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Originally Posted by Lepermessiah
Fable II is not that good either. RPG for 6 year olds.
It's mostly 6 year olds that play on XBox :P First thing that comes to mind is Eric Cartman ;)

Cheers!
itazura 27th January 2009, 19:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by themax
Hopefully Valve doesn't cave to this business model with the Xbox (I doubt they will, but if Microsoft was actually able to convince Bethesda and Epic, to cut out the PC on some games/content, who knows what else they can do).

money talks, sadly.
eXpander 27th January 2009, 19:45 Quote
Valve has more than enough money, so we're safe for now
cyrilthefish 27th January 2009, 21:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by azrael-
I'd really like for "Fable 2" to be ported to the PC, though. Fable (1) had its flaws but was still very enjoyable to play. One of the few games to lure me away from CS/CZ, for instance. :)

Me too, still play fable 1 occasionally now, looks lovely at 1920x1200 with AA on
was looking forward to doing the same thing for Fable 2 (i'd be more than happy to buy it again on the PC)

Lets hope they change their mind in the future
Volund 28th January 2009, 02:01 Quote
WTH is wrong with the game devs? first Gears 2, and now Fable II? I just don't see the point of all the console love these days... well... I do, but I don't like it.

:( :? :( :( :( :( :( :( :( >:( >:( >:( >:(
cyrilthefish 28th January 2009, 02:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Volund
WTH is wrong with the game devs? first Gears 2, and now Fable II? I just don't see the point of all the console love these days... well... I do, but I don't like it.

:( :? :( :( :( :( :( :( :( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Personally i think there was so much paranoia about piracy it became a self-perpetuating myth...

forget facts, PC gaming is riddled with piracy!¬ We won't lose money to pirates if we don't release on that platform!¬
(lets conveniently ignore all the lost sales from not releasing on that platform in the first place, and that there is piracy on the consoles as well)
(And if we do release on PC, i'm sure the paying customers won't mind brutal anti-copying schemes that horrifically inconvienience paying customers whilst pirates laugh at us and crack the game within minutes! It's a plan without flaws!¬ )
Project_Nightmare 28th January 2009, 03:07 Quote
Awww, I was waiting for it to come out on pc :'(
Journeyer 28th January 2009, 07:35 Quote
Well that sucks; I enjoyed Fable I (much to my own surprise), and I have been looking forward to Fable II eventually being released for the PC. But I guess not, oh well. Chalk up one more lost sale then.

I am not going to get a 360 - ever. The only console game(s) I play are Guitar Hero, and those are the only console games that interest me. These I can play fine on my PS2.
B1GBUD 28th January 2009, 09:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
name one good lionhead game exept fable 2

as i cant

Black & White was fun... if you lasted beyond the un-skippable and extremely annoying tutorial. There was nothing I liked more than spanking my naughty monkey!
naokaji 28th January 2009, 10:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by cyrilthefish
Personally i think there was so much paranoia about piracy it became a self-perpetuating myth...

forget facts, PC gaming is riddled with piracy!¬ We won't lose money to pirates if we don't release on that platform!¬
(lets conveniently ignore all the lost sales from not releasing on that platform in the first place, and that there is piracy on the consoles as well)
(And if we do release on PC, i'm sure the paying customers won't mind brutal anti-copying schemes that horrifically inconvienience paying customers whilst pirates laugh at us and crack the game within minutes! It's a plan without flaws!¬ )

QFT
MrMonroe 28th January 2009, 21:05 Quote
*shakes fist
jmchurch 15th March 2009, 01:26 Quote
As unreliable as Microsoft is with their operating systems, I do not now, nor will I ever be inclined to purchase a 360. Especially when a game console has to have as much eye candy as the 360 does in order to attract customers. I would hate to think my console would lock, and I would have to reboot, pat my head, rub my belly and say 3 times “All hail Bill Gates” as you do with the operating systems. I don’t think ANY Company should be in cohesion with Microsoft. Let them be in their own personal hell!
azrael- 15th March 2009, 11:07 Quote
You only hail Billy 3 times? That's cutting it a bit short... :)
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