Microsoft asks itself hard questions in an internal Q&A document obtained by Kotaku, including whether the larger investment in PC gaming brought on by Fable III is different than the other times it promised the same and didn’t deliver.
We didn’t ask the question. We didn’t have to. In an internal Q&A document prepared for MIcrosoft spokespeople and snagged by Kotaku, Microsoft addresses the fact that it hasn’t quite come through on the PC promises of the past.
First, the question:
Q: Does “Fable III” on Windows signal a larger reinvestment by Microsoft in PC gaming? How is this different from the previous times you’ve announced a reinvestment in PC gaming and not quite come through with a robust offering?
That this question even exists would indicate that MIcrosoft is at least aware of the perception that they’ve failed to follow through with previous PC gaming pushes.
Unfortunately the answer, again formulated for spokespeople instead of any media outlet in general, isn’t quite as satisfying as the question.
A: In terms of revenue, Windows is far and away the largest gaming platform in the world, so it’s an incredibly important part of Microsoft’s business. From core games like “Fable III” to casual, social and Facebook titles, more gaming happens on Windows than anywhere else. Windows 7 is a world-class gaming platform, and you can bet Microsoft has a vested interest in using it as a platform for amazing first party content. “Fable III” on Windows as well as Xbox 360 this holiday is a great first step, and we’ll have more news for you later this summer.
Hopefully this signals good news for PC gamers on the way.