A Lionhead employee has revealed via Twitter that Fable Legends will not be releasing on Steam. Instead, the four vs one action-RPG will be coming exclusively to the Windows Store on Windows 10. This is the first confirmation we’ve heard of Microsoft’s plans to launch games exclusively on the Windows Store, and if true we expect Gears of War: Ultimate Edition to follow suit.
The news comes via Lionhead’s social media coordinator Lauran Carter, who when asked whether the PC version of Fable Legends will be available on the Windows 10 Store or Steam, replied “It will be available on Windows 10 but not Steam”.
Previously Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, has said Microsoft’s only intention is to support Steam. Meanwhile Kevin Unangst, senior director for PC gaming in the Xbox group, said during Gamescom "[Microsoft is] not intending to compete with Steam. If anything, we want Steam to be even more successful – they’ve done great things for PC gamers in terms of having a single store...our goal right now isn’t to do anything else other than support Steam and help it run great on Windows 10."
The cross-play between Xbox One and PC gamers in Fable Legends would certainly be easier and more secure for Microsoft if handled in-house, so it would make sense on this front to make it Windows 10 only. However, this is an indicator of a likely larger move from Microsoft to push the Windows 10 store as a genuine competitor to other digital storefronts, something it tried and failed with Games for Windows Live.
The free-to-play Fable Legends is expected to be the first DirectX 12 compatible title, and will be coming to PC and Xbox One later this year.