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.