While we still don’t know the release date for Fable Legends, we knew that it had a focus on being a Windows 10 game. It looks like Microsoft want to make sure people purchase it through their own Windows Store.
Today a question was raised on Twitter that answered just how this would be put into action. Fable Legends won’t be available through Steam:
@sertificationNu I think you may have answered your own question there 😉 It will be on Windows 10 but not Steam, sorry!
— Lauran (@LHAlbionGirl) August 24, 2015
While this confirms it, did we expect it to be available through Valve’s gaming service? Microsoft likely have a vision of Windows 10 where we all purchase software through their store and everything is tied into their operating system. Not that users will actually agree to those terms of course.
To build the game into the Microsoft environment, add achievements through Xbox Live and add cross-platform multiplayer the game is going to be deeply embedded into Microsoft 10. I’m sure we’ll see more Microsoft first party games go this way, which will likely not make gamers happy.
To see why this is likely just look at people’s reaction to Ubisoft’s Uplay and EA’s Origin services. There are some cases where other services are made welcome; GOG Galaxy is a good example of this which was released with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Though users aren’t forced into having to use that service, which is probably why it hasn’t caused any issues.
It will be interesting to see if Fable Legends will be the first game from Microsoft to not be available on Steam, and what gamer reaction will be.
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