I've probably said this before but I loved the Fable series. No matter the critic reviews of the later installments. I remember the day my mum came home and had picked up Fable: The Lost Chapters at a bargain shop for the original Xbox. And I remember when Fable 3 came out. Myself and fellow reviewer Damian Tack @DamianTack went and traded in a host of Xbox 360 games to grab a couple copies.
So I was sad to hear when Lionhead closed. It was the end of an era for me as I had grown up with their titles. But then hope appeared in the form of Flaming Fowl Studios. A group of the devs had been working on a card game of the world of Albion. Fable lives on!
I love Fable. I remember years ago my mum bringing a game home she'd bought out of a bargain bin and it was Fable: The Lost Chapters. I fell in love with Fable then. It took me on a high fantasy adventure and pitted me to rise as a hero/ or villain of Albion. From then on I bought each addition to the franchise. With Fable 2 I played the game an obscene amount on the Xbox 360. I owned every house, customized my hero to be a magnanimous ruler and protector of the people. I'd hunted down every demon door and special weapon I could find, including all the DLC content that came along. With Fable 3, my best friend and I got a copy each, sat in the same room and played a good half of the game in one sitting. I was glued to the idea of reclaiming my Kingdom, and with some of my favourite celebrity voice actors guiding me, Bernard Hill and John Cleese, the reviews could not damage my enjoyment of the franchise.
And then Lionhead was no more. I was deeply saddened by the news. Not just for the potential of one day working there as a designer, but at the fear we may never see a Fable game again.
With no introduction at all, we are all of a sudden swept into a game trailer. The music sounds oddly familiar and the the pleasant visuals look even more memorable. Then the string arrangements bring the whole thing into focus, we are back in Albion and more to the point; we are back into Fable.
Fable Legends has been in development for some time now, it is interesting to see it now compared to when it started as it has now been announced to be compatible with Windows 10. This will allow for cross platform play between console Xbox One players and the PC players, both will have access to this free game and be used for competitive and co-operative play.
In an interview with Edge Magazine, Lionhead boss and Microsoft European publishing head John Needham has claimed to transfer his experience from his previous work with Gazillion and Sony Online Entertainment to shift the developer into something new.
Needham said “I think the real magic in the industry now is taking great traditional gameplay and IP, and this new connected world, and mashing them together,”.
10 years ago Fable was released so it seems only fitting that on this, its ten year anniversary, we have essentially a re-release entitled Fable Anniversary.This version of the game has been fully re-mastered with hi-definition visuals and audio and is sure to bring a smile to those faithful to the franchise as well as those who may be new to the series.
So if you have not yet played the first in the series now is the time to see where it all began. Step into a world where your actions determine who you become, be it hero or villain, good or evil. A world where you shape your legend through your deeds and actions and you are ultimately responsible whether it is glory or notoriety. Obviously if you have played the original, here is an opportunity to experience the game with an all new lighting system, interface, textures, models and gameplay. There is of course the added draw of achievements, The Lost Chapters and SmartGlass integration.