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Fable III

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Fable III
Fable III cover
Lionhead Studios
Microsoft Studios
Release dates
Windows May 17, 2011
Fable III guide at StrategyWiki
Fable III at Wikipedia
Fable: The Lost Chapters 2005
Fable III 2011
Fable Anniversary 2014
Fable Fortune 2018

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
CD key
Requires online activation
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Requires online activation
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Can be played without Steam running.[1]
All versions require SecuROM and Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.[Note 1] SecuROM has 5 activations per month. GFWL can be disabled with Fable III GFWL Remover.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Dog Breed Set
Dog Outfit
Industrial Knight Outfit
Rebel's Weapon and Tatoo Pack
Traitor's keep Quest Pack
Understone Quest Pack
DLCs are no longer available for purchase.

Essential improvements[edit]


A title update is available. The game should automatically prompt for the update when using a LIVE profile; the update can also be downloaded manually (extract the contents and run setup.exe).[2]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Automatically patch levels.dat with blank BINK videos[3]
  1. Download the patcher from this page.
  2. Extract the contents of the downloaded archive to a temporary working folder with at least 4 GB of space available.
  3. Open the "<path-to-game>\Data" folder.
  4. Move "Levels.bnk" and "Levels.bnk.dat" from "Fable 3's Data" folder to the "Source" folder in the above temporary working folder.
  5. Double-click on the "Run Me.bat" file and wait for the patching to finish.
  6. Open the "Output" folder and move the contents into your "<path-to-game>\Data" folder and overwrite the existing files.
  7. Keep the contents of the "Source" folder somewhere safe just in case you want to revert the changes my patcher made.
Manually patch levels.dat with blank BINK videos[4]
  1. Make a backup of <path-to-game>\data\levels.bnk and <path-to-game>\data\levels.bnk.dat in case something goes wrong.
  2. Download the Fable 3 BNK Browser from this site.
  3. Download the blank BINK file from here.
  4. Create a temporary working folder on a storage device with at least 4GB of free space.
  5. Extract the contents of the two archives you downloaded earlier into your working folder.
  6. Create two copies of the blank BINK file and rename them to lionhead_logo.bik and microsoft_logo.bik.
  7. Create an empty folder in your working folder to hold the contents of one of the game's resource packs.
  8. Open BnkBrowser.exe then click on Open. Navigate to <path-to-game>\data\ and open levels.bnk.
  9. Click on Extract All then select the folder you created in Step 7. Exit BnkBrowser when the extraction is finished.
  10. Open the folder you created in Step 7 then navigate to art\videos\. Move the two blank BINK files created in Step 6 into this folder and overwrite the originals.
  11. Open BnkCreator.exe then click on Add folder(s). Select the folder you created in Step 7.
  12. Click on Create then navigate to <path-to-game>\data\. Select levels.bnk then click on Save.
  13. Run the game to test that it starts without issue. After that, you may delete the temporary working folder.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Lionhead Studios\Fable 3\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/105400/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Lionhead Studios\Fable 3\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/105400/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Multi-monitor.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Temporal anti-aliasing controlled by Effects Detail setting. No individual option.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Caps the frame rate at half the refresh rate. See Force Vsync for proper Vsync.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
See Run the game at screen refresh rate.


Multi-monitor resolutions cannot be chosen in-game.
Changing video settings in-game may reset the resolution; repeat these steps if that happens.
Use the Video Options Applet (recommended method)[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\PCVideoOptionsApplet\
  2. Run PCVideoOptionsApplet.exe
  3. Choose your resolution and save your changes.
Edit VideoOptions.xml manually[citation needed]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\Lionhead Studios\Fable 3
  2. Edit VideoOptions.xml
  3. Set your resolution and save your changes.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Games for Windows - LIVE should be disabled if its anti-cheat protection is crashing the game.
Custom FOV with Cheat Engine[citation needed]
  1. See Bypass Games for Windows - LIVE and apply the fix.
  2. Install Cheat Engine.
  3. Download the Fable III Cheat Table.
  4. Start the game and load a saved game.
  5. Double-click the Cheat Table and open with Cheat Engine.
  6. Open the game process from the File menu.
  7. Check the box beside "FOV [F2]".
  8. Switch to the game and then back to Cheat Engine.
  9. Check the box beside "FOV".
  10. Double-click in the FOV Value column and change the value.


Toggling off the fix (F2) during cutscenes is recommended.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse wheel and some special keys can't be remapped.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Must edit user-unfriendly file at %APPDATA%\Lionhead Studios\Fable 3\Controls\<user-id>\Controls.xml
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Latin American Spanish


Online features require a Microsoft account (optional for offline play).

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Xbox 360 version only.[5]
LAN play
Online play
2 Co-op

Connection types

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod to improve 3D support.
TriDef 3D
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues unresolved[edit]

"Failed to contact key server" error on launch (Steam)[edit]

A previous issue relating to Steam running out of keys for the game has now been resolved. The game remains unavailable to buy, but copies obtained via unused gifts or codes from third party retailers will now activate without issue.
However, many people are still reporting that they're unable to use or activate the game's DLC. There has been no official response to this issue.

Some settings don't save[edit]

Game Settings - Controls / Audio / Misc won't save for some users.
Game Settings - Display are saved to %APPDATA%\Lionhead Studios\Fable 3\VideoOptions.xml, which could mean it's possible to create .xml files for the other settings.

Issues fixed[edit]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set highest refresh rate in fullscreen[citation needed]
  1. Download and open NVIDIA Profile Inspector.
  2. Open the Fable III profile from the list.
  3. Set Prefered Refreshrate to Highest available.
  4. Apply changes and close the program.


Using Alt+Tab may cause a delay when switching between the game and Windows.
Alternatively, playing the game in windowed mode will use the desktop's refresh rate.

Other information[edit]

Bypass Games for Windows - LIVE[edit]

A fake version of xlive.dll can allow you to play the single-player without having GFWL installed.
Benefits include faster loading and saving times.
Use Fable III fake xlive[6]
  1. Download Fable III GFWL remover.
  2. Extract xlive.dll to <path-to-game>.


Check readme.txt for useful information.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 4000+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro


  1. Games for Windows - LIVE DRM features: SSA activation, local profile support unknown.
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/105400/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (105400) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.