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Posted Thu 14th Apr 2011 8:22pm by Michael Kendrick
Lionhead says Fable 3 won't be "just a half-done port"
There's been a good 6 months since Fable 3 launched on Xbox 360, but PC gamers are still waiting for the game to launch on their platform. There's a good reason for that, though, as the game's lead designer John Atkins told Rock, Paper, Shotgun, following a visit to Lionhead studios. 
"When we were starting Fable III we made the decision to do the PC version, and a lot of that is about wanting to get back to the PC audience," he said.
"We were getting so many requests for versions on the PC that we felt that there was an opportunity, but also that our fanbase was there. That was something that we wanted to honour."
Atkins told RPS about the level of care the studio had taken on everything from the transfer of controls, to the fishing out of the many bugs present in the game. 

"Our hope is that people who pick up on PC think “okay, 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."

"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."
Lionhead have also implemented a difficulty system into the PC version of Fable 3 - a big first for the series, which is surely in response to the many complaints by the Xbox 360 crowd about how easy and unchallenging the game can be.
"When the difficulty came up we were talking about what would PC players want. What would be important to them? The additional challenge, or the choice for additional challenge was something that we thought was important. Figuring out how to do that in a way that was both efficient and fair was challenging. We didn’t just move sliders around: we actually sat down and looked at the creature types and looked at them as individuals. Rather than just say, “this one now does 10% more damage” we made them a little faster, which gives them the perception of being a little bit smarter."
Fable 3 PC is out on 17 May in the US, and on 20 May in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. 
Here's a quick look at the game's system requirements:
Minimum requirements:
Operating System: XP 32 SP3, Vista 32/64 , Win 7 32/64
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz or AMD Athlon X2 4000+
Memory: 2GB
Hard Drive Space: 12 GB of free space
Graphics Hardware: NVidia 7600GT or ATI HD 2600 Pro
DirectX: 9.0c onward
Network: Internet or LAN connection required for multiplayer
Recommended system requirements:
Operating System: Win 7
CPU: Intel Pentium 2.9Ghz Core 2 Duo or higher
Memory: 4GB
Hard Drive Space: 12 GB of free space
Graphics Hardware: Nvidia 260GTX 896MB or ATI 5770 1GB or higher
DirectX: 9.0c onward
Network: Internet or LAN connection required for multiplayer

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