A recent post by Xbox spokesperson [surl=http://majornelson.com/2011/05/10/coming-soon-to-the-xbox-live-marketplace-4/]Major Nelson[/surl] announced triumphantly that Fable 3 would be receiving a Windows demo on May 17th, the same day as the full release of the game.
[img_big]center,2091,2011-02-24/pc_new_05.jpg,This angry mob would like a PC demo, and it would like it now[/img_big]
Unfortunately, that didn’t last long. The good Major (who’s generally pretty on top of these things) quickly edited his post, remarking simply:
“I’ve been informed that a Fable III PC demo is no longer scheduled.”
To the naked eye, that seems that, y’know, the PC demo had been scheduled at some point, even though now it wasn’t on the cards. Seems fair enough, that sort of thing happens in the industry and we’re getting used to disappointments.
But then, industry site [surl=http://www.incgamers.com/News/27784/fable-3-demo-not-coming-to-pc-next-week]IncGamers[/surl] got in touch with developers Lionhead, to try and dig a bit more behind the scenes, to hopefully find out why the demo had been cancelled.
The response was puzzling. The official statement from Lionhead is that there “was never” a PC demo planned for release, blaming the whole thing on “some misunderstanding” between the parties involved.
Remember, of course, that the parties involved are all owned by Microsoft. Make of that what you will.