It’s already been a couple of years now—believe it or not—since we first found out that Lionhead Studios, developer of the hit Fable video game series, was focusing all of their efforts on a co-op prequel titled Fable Legends that we eventually would find out is a four-vs-one free-to-play game instead of the expected Fable IV.
The game is still well on its way, and has been in a closed beta for a while now, collecting valuable feedback from those invited to play to use in polishing what will become the final product. An open beta of the game where any and all who wanted to test it out could do just that has been in the plans as well, but today comes word that anyone waiting for that opportunity will have to wait a little bit longer as the open beta has been pushed back to spring of 2016. You can read the announcement from Lionhead and see a video talking about their decision below.
We want to start with a huge Fable thank you to all the fans whoâ€™ve participated in the Fable Legends closed beta so far and continue to help us make Legends the best game we can possibly make. Tipple is raising an ale in your general direction.
Weâ€™re excited to invite an additional 100,000 fans to the Fable Legends closed beta over the next few weeks, prioritising those that have been waiting the longest. If you want to get in on the closed beta, sign up at FableLegends.com.
Fable Legends is coming together well and itâ€™s a lot of fun. But we think that we can make it even better. So weâ€™ve decided to extend our closed beta to continue to listen to feedback from our players and add features and polish that will make a real difference. This means Fable Legends wonâ€™t release into open beta this holiday as previously announced. We realise this may be disappointing for those of you not currently playing, so we wanted to tell you why.
To be honest, we didnâ€™t anticipate just how big Fable Legends is becoming. Itâ€™s simply the most ambitious game weâ€™ve ever created at Lionhead. Weâ€™ve built a unique and innovative multiplayer experience combining RPG and RTS gameplay which allows you to play, and use your gear seamlessly, across Xbox One and Windows 10. On top of this, weâ€™ve built a beautiful new world full of grand stories and adventures. And itâ€™s taking more time than we thought.
The team is working exceptionally hard and weâ€™re proud of how far the game has come. Weâ€™re operating our closed beta 24/7 and have added lots more features, quests, creatures, and heroes to play. Hundreds of thousands of fans have participated in the beta so far, and we canâ€™t wait to open it up for all of you to play. To achieve our aspirations for Fable Legends, weâ€™ve moved our open beta release to spring of 2016. So to all of you who have been playing in our closed beta, and to all of you who have been waiting patiently for the game to release into open beta, we want to thank you on behalf of everyone at Lionhead.
Enjoy the festive season and weâ€™ll see you in Albion soon.