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8:30 AM on 09.13.2013

Fable Anniversary delayed until February 2014

It appears as if Fable Anniversary won't be hitting your disc tray until February 2014, as the game has been pushed back a bit. No reason has been given for the delay, but my guess is it's to avoid the saturated holiday push ...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 08.29.2013

Every game from Fable dev will be 'online focused'

At gamescom, Dale brought us a preview of Xbox One exclusive Fable Legends, which eschews pets and sidekicks for full, four player cooperative play. You can also apparently play as the game's villain, setting traps and contro...

Steven Hansen



Fable Legends: a first look at Lionhead's Xbox One title  photo
Fable Legends: a first look at Lionhead's Xbox One title
by Dale North

At Microsoft's pre-gamescom Xbox One press event, we got our first look at Lionhead's newest for the console. Announced this morning, Fable Legends is not an MMO, though it is an online game. Lionhead calls it a true next-generation RPG. 

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8:00 PM on 07.19.2013

Here's the winning fan-made Fable Anniversary Achievement

Earlier this month, Lionhead Studios put the call out for fans to design their own Achievement to be integrated in Fable Anniversary. The results are in, and the winning entry "Are you not entertained!?" will require players ...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 07.09.2013

Design an Achievement for Fable Anniversary

Lionhead Studios is taking the crowdsourcing approach to coming up with the last Achievement for Fable Anniversary. Now through July 14, you can submit ideas on the company's forums. "We'll be handing the creative baton to ou...

Jordan Devore



Xbox Live Games with Gold program dates set photo
Xbox Live Games with Gold program dates set
by Chris Carter

Microsoft answered the call of PlayStation Plus recently with their own "free games" program, offering two free games per month for Xbox Live Gold owners. Of course, the program is going to need a lot of work, as PS+ competitively adds more games and newer titles to the mix, but still, it's a thing -- and now it has dates.

Microsoft has announced that on the 1st and 16th of each month, a new game will appear. You can keep checking back with the "Games with Gold" website for updates if you're so inclined, and Assassin's Creed II and Halo 3 are set to headline July.

I mean, it's not PS+ here, but it's a start.

Games with Gold [Xbox.com via Joystiq]

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12:00 PM on 06.04.2013

Fable: The Lost Chapters is getting remade on Xbox 360

Pretty big news for original Xbox fans has come today. Fable: The Lost Chapters will be getting the HD remake treatment this fall with Fable Anniversary. The original announcement comes by way of Lionhead's Tim Timmins and th...

Abel Girmay

12:30 PM on 06.03.2013

Nice timing! Lionhead brings out new Fable forums

Are you ready for another installment of Fable? Lionhead Studios has decided that the week before E3 is a good time to launch new Fable forums, which I'm sure it is. But the end result is speculation that this is a sign of an...

Jordan Devore

10:15 AM on 10.16.2012

Microsoft cuts Lionhead staff by 'less than 10%'

Following the completion of Fable: The Journey, Microsoft shaved somewhere under 10% of Lionhead Studios' workforce, the publisher told GI International this week.  "We are working closely with the affected employees dur...

Jim Sterling

12:30 PM on 10.08.2012

Game packaging saves pennies, prints info on cover slips

It's no secret that game publishers hate using all that expensive paper and ink to make videogame manuals. Manuals lost their color, reduced the page count, and eventually started disappearing altogether, leaving only the hea...

Jim Sterling







Review: Fable: The Journey photo
Review: Fable: The Journey
by Jim Sterling

The fatal flaw of Kinect games is that they are built on a foundation of lies.

You are the controller -- except most games control much of the action themselves to make up for the lack of input. It's more immersive -- except the waving of your arms at nothing just makes you feel incredibly self-conscious and alienated. It's intuitive -- except the lack of tactile feedback and inherent imprecision of the input makes it far more unwieldy than button-based games. It's always better with Kinect -- except it never, ever is.

What happens when you combine the Kinect's inherent aura of lies with Lionhead Studios, a company famous for not exactly "agreeing" with reality? First of all, you get told that Fable: The Journey is not "on-rails."

It's on-rails.

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8:00 AM on 09.18.2012

Preview: Fable: The Journey

I have a bit of a sordid history with the Fable franchise. Despite the now-infamous promises it never delivered on, I absolutely adored the first Fable, as what was delivered was a finely crafted game, and one of my favorite ...

Abel Girmay

8:30 PM on 08.20.2012

A look inside Fable: The Journey

With Fable: The Journey offering up hours of wagon riding, spell flinging, arm flailing, and regional British accents on October 9, Lionhead have put together a few developer diaries. In this first one the team talks ab...

Fraser Brown



About fantasy: Please let there be a dragon extinction photo
About fantasy: Please let there be a dragon extinction
by Ryan Perez

One of the hardest things for me to understand is whenever someone belittles a "casual" game (whatever that may be to them) by claiming it's either unoriginal or lacks any sort of cutting-edge quality. I find this funny, because "hardcore" games can often be just as repetitive, stagnant and banal. One genre in games that has forever been a constant sea of familiarity to me is fantasy, typically regarded to be as "hardcore" as it gets. Other mediums clearly understand the flexibility and potential of this genre, but videogames seem to be stuck in Middle Earth.

The last straw for me was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I know, I'm basically signing my own death warrant by pissing on one of the most popular games of 2011, but I don't really care. I feel that such a phenomenal gametype was wasted on shit we've seen since the birth of this medium ... fantasy based on old European mythologies. TES (as well as Fallout 3 and New Vegas) are very one-of-a-kind experiences. You're thrown into open and believable worlds, and the potential to be truly lost in these settings is more viable than in practically any other game. But where Fallout shines by providing both a dismal and quirky portrayal of a post-apocalyptic future America, locked in time with 1950s nuclear-family aesthetics (sweet, mint-condition Christ, I love this series), The Elder Scrolls is nothing more than cheap, bargain-bin fantasy.

Unfortunately, TES isn't the only game of its kind that suffers from this all-too-common problem: If it ain't European lineage, piss off. I 100% challenge this ass-backwards trend that fantasy -- arguably the genre with the most creative potential -- has to be locked down into this banal world of dragons, wizards, elves, trolls, etc. This industry is wasting an entire genre on but a few old-world cultures, when so many more exist to take from.

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E3: Fable: The Journey is not on-rails, kind of photo
E3: Fable: The Journey is not on-rails, kind of
by Brett Zeidler

Lionhead Studios is no stranger to making spin-offs for Fable. The first was an Xbox Live Arcade tie-in with Fable II called Pub Games, which was a collection of mini-games that appeared in the game and would allow you to carry over the gold to your character that you had won in Pub Games. Next up was last month's Fable Heroes: a family-friendly entry into the series that didn't exactly impress us.

With Fable: The Journey, Lionhead is crafting their most ambitious Fable yet. Now running on the Unreal Engine, it also happens to be the most beautiful Fable. When Peter Molyneux talked up Fable: The Journey last year, he claimed it was not on-rails. On the contrary, it was quite clear that wasn't exactly the case after what we saw from.

After my hands-on with The Journey this week, it's clear that the game is not on-rails. Well, sort of.

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11:58 AM on 06.04.2012

E3: Fable: The Journey pegged for Holiday 2012

At Microsoft's E3 press conference, it was revealed that Kinect's TOTALLY NOT ON-RAILS GUYS Fable spin-off, Fable: The Journey will be available for the holiday season of 2012. One can reasonably expect to see it at some poin...

Jim Sterling