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Xbox Head Doesn’t Rule Out New ‘Fable’ Game
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Fable Anniversary Cover

A few years back we were surprised to find out that a prequel to developer Lionhead Studios’ Fable franchise was in the works titled Fable Legends, and that it would be a co-op game instead of the single-player RPG faithful fans of the series originally fell in love with. To make matters worse, it was made clear that the Fable IV everyone wanted and had been waiting for, at that time, for three years wasn’t being worked on at all. Said fans were confused, but many tried to remain open-minded.

Then came another surprise. A little over a year ago, when Fable Legends seemed close to a release and was even being played in a closed beta, the game was canceled and Lionhead closed.

It’s now been nearly seven years since Fable III was released, and while the current state of the Fable franchise is quite depressing, it seemed unlikely such a popular franchise it would stay dead forever. Unfortunately I can’t report today that the series is being revived, but a comment from the head of Xbox recently did not rule out the possibility.

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Kickstarter Spotlight: A Different Free To Play ‘Fable’ Game
The Movie God   |  

Fable Fortune Kickstarter

A few months back now the gaming world was shocked by the news that Microsoft had decided to close down the game studio behind the beloved Fable franchise, Lionhead Studios, and cancel the latest game in the series, Fable Legends.

But, as it turns out, Legends was not the only project that was being worked on by Lionhead. A much smaller unannounced game titled Fable Fortune was also being developed. But instead of just tossing it in the garbage, as appears to be the fate of Legends, Microsoft granted permission to those who were developing it to continue working on it under their own new studio, Flaming Fowl Studios. To gather the funds for what could be the last Fable game we see in a long time, they’re looking to fans on Kickstarter. Continue below for more info and to see their pitch video, as well as some gameplay videos.

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Wait, What? ‘Fable Legends’ Canceled; Lionhead Studios Could Be Closed
The Movie God   |  

Fable Legends

Well then…did not see this one coming.

Microsoft Studios has announced that Fable Legends, the latest title in Lionhead Studios’ Fable game series that’s been in the works for a few years now, has been canceled, and that Lionhead itself might get shut down.

You can read the full announcement below.

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‘Fable Legends’ Open Beta Pushed Back To Spring 2016
The Movie God   |  

Lionhead's Fable Legends Image

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.

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‘Fable Legends’ Will Be Free To Play
The Movie God   |  

Fable Legends Header

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.

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E3 2014: First ‘Fable Legends’ Gameplay Shown
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Fable Legends Image

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.

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Will ‘Fable Legends’ Require A Subscription Fee, Microtransactions?
The Movie God   |  

Fable Legends Banner

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.

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Microsoft Confirms HD ‘Fable’ Makeover ‘Fable Anniversary’; See Side-By-Side Comparison Now
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Fable Anniversary Image #1

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.

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Lionhead Teases ‘Fable: The Lost Chapters’ HD Remake, ‘Fable 4’
The Movie God   |  

Fable Jack of Blades Teaser

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!

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Peter Molyneaux Leaves Lionhead Studios For New Venture; What’s It Mean For ‘Fable 4’?
The Movie God   |  

Fable III

Almost anyone who follows video games will know the name Peter Molyneaux. The British video game designer and programmer founded Lionhead Studios, the creator of the massive Fable franchise, and he developed quite the reputation for over-exalting upcoming games and promising the moon and the stars even when the final product didn’t end up meeting expectations.

Whether the man just wanted to do or say whatever it took to sell a game or if he simply had a childlike passion that led to his exaggerations is not clear, but you can’t deny that when he talked about his games, he made you as excited as he seemed to be about them.

But for better or worse, Molyneaux has decided to move on to new things, announcing his departure from the Microsoft-owned Lionhead for a new company called 22 Cans.

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