One year ago we found ourselves pondering the future of the Fable franchise, knowing that the type of game die hard fans of the series love and expect had been thrown out the window in order to jump on the current mess of a gaming trend bandwagon and make a co-op four vs. one type of game instead.
The big question then was, would this new game still cost what a normal game costs or would it also embrace other unpopular things such as monthly subscription fees or microtransactions? Now we have an answer. The good news is that Fable Legends will not have a monthly subscription fee like The Elder Scrolls Online had before the recent decision to drop it. In fact, it won’t have any fees. The game will be free to play…with the option for in-game purchases of course.
You can see details about what this means and where you can play, and also see a video of the announcement below.
E3 2014 is officially underway, and plenty of games have already been shown.
One highly anticipated upcoming game that was announced back in August of last year is Fable Legends. The game comes in place of the once expected Fable IV, which Lionhead Studios has said is not currently being worked on, and is built around co-op gaming, which has many fans of the series differing in their levels of excitement.
The first gameplay demo for Fable Legends was presented today, and you can watch it as well as a trailer below.
We first found out about Fable Legends back in August. Developer Lionhead Studios also announced at the time that the game, a prequel set in the earlier years of the land of Albion (before all that guns nonsense, back when it was truly magical), was almost exclusively their focus, and Fable IV was not being made. Lots of information was given about the new game, which would add an online cooperative multiplayer element that would allow you to play with friends, similarly to what The Elder Scrolls Online is doing.
All of that is well and good, but some new quotes from John Needham, the man who replaced Peter Molyneaux at the top of Lionhead, could lead one to presume that, just like the aforementioned Elder Scrolls Online, Fable Legends could be going the route of monthly subscription fees, or maybe microtransactions.
A few days back we shared with you a video from Lionhead Studios teasing what looked like an HD makeover for their classic game, Fable, but that it could also have been teasing a full remake of the original favorite and perhaps even Fable 4.
As it turns out, however, speculation was completely and utterly useless, as Microsoft had already confirmed that a new remastered version of Fable being called Fable Anniversary was on the way for the Xbox 360. Complete with The Lost Chapters, of course. These things happen, what can I say? That internet, it’s a jungle.
As you can see by the comparison image below, the work they’re doing is absolutely phenomenal, and fans of the franchise should be more excited than they’ve been in a long time. Sure it’s a game they’ve played before, but it’s also a great game that will look better than ever.
Fans of the Fable video game series have been expecting a new game for a while now. The games have been progressively becoming less and less loved over the years, capped off by the latest entry, Fable: The Journey, a motion-controlled Kinect title that failed pretty spectacularly. But credit is due to fans of the series, who, for the most part, have remained excited about future games despite the growing list of negatives associated with the franchise, holding on to that hope that the next game could be the game to restore the franchise to its original glory.
This tiny sliver of hope grew a bit when Lionhead Studios head Peter Molyneaux—who became infamous for spitting out exciting used car salesman statements about a game that ultimately failed to deliver—departed the company for a new venture. Now Lionhead is teasing fans with a video that appears to announce either an HD re-release of the classic original Fable (including The Lost Chapters, it’s assumed) and/or Fable IV, or perhaps a remake of the original. Check out the video below and share your thoughts!