The Fable franchise is set to mark its return on PC in a few weeks, and in a surprise move, Microsoft has elected to make it available on Valve's popular Steam service.
The decision is significant because until now, all of its titles have been Games for Windows LIVE exclusive -- a service many aren't exactly fond of. It was thought Fable III would be used to give LIVE the boost it needs, but Microsoft, who've previously given a respectful nod to Steam, seem to think the benefits are outweighed by the negatives. Note however it seems LIVE will be required even if you purchase from Steam, so you might say it evens out.
Fable III will launch May 17 on PC with a hardcore mode, 3D Vision support, and all the content from the 360 Limited Collector's Edition.
Update: Pre-ordering the GFWL version gets you the excellent Fable: The Lost Chapters free; pre-ordering on Steam gets you exclusive weapons and tattoo sets.
Also, we've got a documentary video which provides an inside look at the PC development process and philosophy: