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Molyneux is nearly ready to unleash Curiosity


Curiouser and curiouser...
Oct 31
// Chris Carter
Remember that Peter Molyneux game that was supposed to "change the world?" You know, Fable? Then Fable 2? Then Fable 3?I kid, I kid. But seriously, Peter "not on rails" Molyneux is now once again promising great things, as hi...
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The DTOID Show: Wii U, Last Guardian & Zombie Nuketown


Aug 27
// Max Scoville
Here's today's Destructoid show! Because we do that every monday! Big news: Someone posted an image on the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Facebook, and it's about zombies. Some accessory company might've leaked the Wii U release ...
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Molyneux's latest, Curiosity, has been delayed


Aug 23
// Chris Carter
What's inside the cube? We'll know soon, but not just yet, as Peter Molyneux and his new studio 22 Cans have just delayed their latest project, Curiosity, until September. As a consolation prize for the delay of this ama...

E3: Fable: The Journey is not on-rails, kind of

Jun 10 // Brett Zeidler
[embed]229167:44008[/embed] I'm dropped into a later point in the game, five years after Fable III. The Corruption that had plagued Albion before is back, and it has taken up shop in The Spire. Taking the role of Gabriel (an "accidental hero"), I find myself in his horse carriage, escaping from an unknown entity. I set off by reaching my arms out and snapping the reins on my two horses. As we travel, every once in a while we are faced with a choice to either go left or right. Obstacles get in the way, and the only way to avoid them is by directing the horses left by pulling in my left arm and stretching out my right, and vice versa for turning right. After traveling alongside a few different wooded areas and around a huge mountain bend (which you can fall off and die), I pick up quite a few experience orbs and sprint-extending objects. Eventually, Gabriel comes to a stop after he spots something in the woods and out comes a defenseless, frightened Theresa. This is something we've never seen from her character before and it's something we'll be seeing quite a bit in the end product. Theresa gets in the carriage and we head off in a hurry as the Corruption comes out of nowhere, surrounding us in no time at all. I whip my horse into motion and we're well on our way to get the hell out of there. The Corruption attempts to swallow us and block our path, but it's nothing I can't handle after mastering the reins from earlier. After a mix of strategically snapping the reins like crazy and grabbing a plethora of sprint extenders, we escape the Corruption at the end of the first part of the demo. Like Fable II and III, Lionhead wants the player to create an emotional bond with an animal companion in the game. Before, it was with the dogs. Now, you have two horses. To help create this bond, Lionhead made it so that if you're too harsh on your horses and force them to sprint too hard and fast, you will eventually see scars appear on them. I remember how I managed to escape the Corruption earlier and, while it was essential for survival, a sense of regret overcomes me. Our carriage rolls up in front of a giant ancient door that has two orange and blue orbs each. Gabriel gets out and stands in front of the door. This is where we learn to use our two spells. In the left hand, a blue spell will appear once raised (or right, if you're right-handed). I clear the two blue orbs by pushing my hand forward at the door. Well, after I miss by a mile a few times and embarrass myself, of course. After a few shots, I've got the hang of things, though. Now for those orange orbs. I have to first pull out the blue spell and turn it into a fire spell. There's two ways this can be done: first, you can wave your hand from right to left quickly or you can utilize the voice capabilities of the Kinect. Yelling "Fire!", "Fire spell!", "Flame on!" or any variant of a fire-related term you can think of will turn it into that orange glowing ball of flame. I make quick work of the last orbs and Theresa lets me know she'll wait outside, leaving me to brave the unexplored cave. Gabriel starts into the cave and almost immediately he's attacked by Hollow Men. They're a bit too close for comfort, so I raise my right hand to bring up the push spell and give myself a bit of breathing room. I can also use the right-handed spell like a whip to latch onto the Hollow Men and rip apart their limbs piece by piece. Or one can just shoot repeatedly at the enemies, as you do. After a couple waves of Hollow Men, Gabriel makes his way up a short flight of stairs and reaches his hands into an altar that contains a shallow pool of water. This is how the player will receive new spells throughout the game. The spell I'm given is activated by reaching behind my head, as if I'm holding a javelin. This makes a spear appear. Yeah, I'm ready to rid this cave of Hollow Men. While spearing a wave of Hollow Men on a cliff above me, my terrible aim gets on my nerves. I found out that you can apply an "after touch" to your spell that you cast. If timed correctly, this can turn your horrible aiming into stylish kills. I finally make my way to the end of the cave, where a giant rock troll is residing. He sends handfuls of hollow men and throws rocks at me, which I can either block, push back, or dodge by leaning left or right to find cover. I eventually spot a giant sword conveniently placed above the troll's head. One spear was all it took to make the sword stab the troll like a hot knife cutting into an ice cream cake. To put him out of his misery, I latched onto the sword with my right-handed spell and pulled it further into his back and watched the life fade from his neon-blue eyes. Being a Fable game, The Journey involves exploring. Even though you cannot explicitly pick every step you take, you can pick paths, slow down, speed up, figure out new ways to handle each combat encounter, and explore the many ways to interact with your own spells. Even though the game is only 10-15 hours long, Lionhead is creating the biggest Fable they've ever made. The Kinect controls were hard to get used to at first, but once I was comfortable with them I felt overtly powerful I could handle anything with the palette I was given.
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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 car...

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Peter Molyneux and the curious case of the 50,000 DLC


Jun 07
// Fraser Brown
Peter Molyneux can't simply make a game; it has to be an experiment. With Fable, it appears that he wanted to see how interaction would work when you were restricted to farting or doing a chicken dance. Maybe there was more t...
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Hey guys! Here we are again! Today's show, we talk about how Kickstarter is the hottest thing on the web right now, and how Tim Schafer's Double Fine Adventure raised 3.3 million dollars, and how inXile's Wasteland 2 is in th...

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Molyneux: Milo was too emotional for the games industry


Mar 14
// Jim Sterling
Remember Milo, the digital child-creature that Peter Molyneux demoed at E3 so long ago? It promised interaction on a level that would make Skynet jealous, but it disappeared after all the hype. Why was it thrown on the scrap ...
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The DTOID Show: GDC 2012 Wrap-up!


Mar 11
// Tara Long
Did you catch today's live Destructoid Show? We're all thoroughly exhausted from GDC, but Hamza Aziz, Jordan Devore, and Conrad Zimmerman were good sports and stopped by the studio for some good old-fashioned video game disc...
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Peter Molyneux leaving Lionhead, forming 22 Cans


Mar 07
// Jim Sterling
Enthusiastic game developer and perpetual backpeddler Peter Molyneux has announced that he is leaving the developer he co-founded, Lionhead Studios. This departure also marks his exit from Microsoft Studios.  "It is with...

Preview: Discovering the emotion of Fable: The Journey

Mar 05 // Wesley Ruscher
Fable: The Journey (Kinect for Xbox 360)Developer: Lionhead StudiosPublisher: Microsoft StudiosRelease: 2012With the crack of the reins, my journey through the Albion countryside began. Holding my arms out was not required, and instead a simple left-or-right gesture from my hands (that rested comfortably in my lap) steered my gentle steed down the dusty dirt roads towards the unknown. For the most part, Seren obeyed my guidance, but at times, I had a hard time grasping where my hands needed to be to properly control his gallop when evil threats arose. It was during one wild chase that my companion began to act differently in our escape. As I pulled back on the reins, tugging at his bit, we came to stop on a side path that offered some shelter. His canter was one that writhed in agony the harder I pushed him out of harm's way. I could tell he had been injured. As I stepped down from my carriage, I moved towards my brave friend to offer him what aid I could. Three arrows had found their way into his hide. I reached for the first one and pulled it out with short tug, the second sliding out just as effortlessly. Pulling back firmly on the final arrow, Seren jumped in pain. I had been too violent, causing him more anguish, and needed to slowly retrieve the splintered wood with a peaceful pluck.Seren was better, but not at full strength. So with what little magical knowledge I possessed, I placed my hand onto his wounds. A calming, circular caress eased his pain as a warm glow radiated from my palm. The cuts from the arrows began to heal and I could tell that my friend was feeling better. If only I had an apple to give him as a reward, something to show my affection. We were secure for the moment, so I brought out my map to see what possible mystery laid concealed on our course. There’s still an abundance of the unknown in Albion, as the world holds just as many secrets like the fables of past heroes I read about when I was but a child. With this knowledge in hand, I left my resting stallion to explore on my own. Proceeding on foot, I stood in front of a large stone entrance. Locked in my stance, swarm after swarm of insects shot at me like little warnings, begging me not to press on. I reared back my right hand, conjuring a fiery blast. With a ferocious toss forward, the bugs popped in my inferno, but as more darted at me, I realized, a simple flick of my fingers was all that was needed. There was power in my subtlety; something I had not expected.With the door's guardians subdued, all that was left was a simple magical riddle to solve. Five seals rested like locks for me to pick on this granite gateway. Precise flicks released the keys to unfasten the mystery ahead, teaching me that I could be just as selective with my supernatural gifts as destructive. What was beyond the doorway, though, I would have to save for another day. As I made way back to my carriage, the most deadly of threats presented itself. Wild balverines jumped down from the hills, their howls shrieking across my spine. I stood firmly in place, ready for combat. In my right hand burned the deadly flames, but now, in my left, I conjured a whip-like tentacle attack. Bouncing back and forth, the balverines avoided most of my blasts as they anticipated my moves. I threw my left hand forward, trapping one of the weaker warriors in a tentacle, my right followed incinerating the threat. Another jumped towards me, and like a whip I cracked my tentacle, sending the balverine in the air for an easy follow-up. Their leader, with his white fur gleaming, was even more cunning than the rest of the pack. Fire blast, then tentacle, tentacle, then fire blast; he was too quick. I was at a loss, questioning if these would be my final breaths, and that’s when my opening came. As my snowy attacker regrouped himself on a large stone column, I threw my tentacle out towards its base. He quickly jumped to the adjacent column, but it was too late. As I pulled back the column crumbled, crashing into the other, trapping my foe underneath its rubble. I was safe for now. Adventure, exploration, discovery; these are all things I still question. I was just coming to grips with the powers I possessed, but I had not even bothered to see how the soothing or passionate levels of my voice could calm or enrage my spells. What would happen if I clasped my magical hands together ... would they created even more beauty and destruction? There is much left to unravel in Fable: The Journey. How much freedom truly exists? How guided will this adventure be? Hopefully these answers come soon, as my brief travels in Albion have me excited to come back and visit again later this year.
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If it is one thing the controller cannot do anymore, it’s offer a player “that sense of discovery which we had with the early days of games.” That’s what Peter Molyneux, the visionary behind Fable: Th...

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Rumor: Fable IV out 2013, probably not on rails


Aug 22
// Nick Chester
I suppose this shouldn't come as a shock, but rumors are now saying that Lionhead is currently working on Fable IV. Peter Molyneux and company are said to be prepping the sequel for a 2013. The rumor comes from the latest iss...
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No melee in Fable: The Journey (because it's on rails)


Aug 11
// Jim Sterling
Peter Molyneux has confirmed that his definitely-not-on-rails game Fable: The Journey will not feature melee combat, focusing instead on projectile-based magic attacks. Not that this is going to be an on-rails shooter or anyt...
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Molyneux on Kinect: People didn't like PC mice, either!


Jul 13
// Jim Sterling
Peter Molyneux has compared Kinect to the dawn of the computer mouse, stating that the criticisms people have for Microsoft's EyeToy are similar to those had for the now-crucial computer peripheral many moons ago.  "You ...
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Molyneux 'bored' with 'sameness' of modern games


Jun 29
// Jim Sterling
Videogame snake oil salesman Peter Molyneux has declared that modern games are becoming boring, due to them all being the same. Fortunately, he's making an on-rails shooter for Kinect, which is pretty radical and differ ... o...
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Molyneux: Fable: The Journey demo was only 4 months old


Jun 28
// Jim Sterling
The E3 demo for Fable: The Journey didn't look all that compelling, but it's okay -- Peter Molyneux admits it! The snake oil salesman of gaming has said that the demonstration was flawed, but it was only four months old. He P...
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Peter Molyneux shits on Fable III to look humble again


Jun 27
// Jim Sterling
We've talked about the Molyneux Cycle before, and I'm thrilled to report that it's back in full effect once more! With Fable: The Journey coming up, Molyneux has continued his tactic of downplaying the last overhyped game in ...
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Molyneux: Kinect has some problems (lol on rails lol)


Jun 21
// Jim Sterling
Designer and snake oil salesman Peter Molyneux has dared to criticize Kinect, admitting that it has some problems as an input device while still making sure to heap oodles of praise upon it.  “I’ll admit that...
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Molyneux: Fable 3 not so great, Fable 4 must amaze you!


Mar 18
// Jim Sterling
When I saw this morning that Peter Molyneux had slated Fable 3 in order to hype the next one, I almost vomited a rainbow. The fact that he can keep doing this and not get called on his bullshit is astounding. Y...
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Peter Molyneux to receive the BAFTA fellowship


Feb 21
// Dale North
Peter Molyneux will receive the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Fellowship at this year’s GAME British Academy Video Games Awards, on Wednesday, March 16th. It makes sense. The guy has been on a roll...
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Molyneux: Kinect will spawn new controllers


Dec 06
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft Game Studios boss and hyperbole master Peter Molyneux has warned against writing Kinect off so early. Despite it looking like a game that will do little more than on-rails shooters and dancing games, everybody's fav...
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Rumor: Project Milo shelved, Fable Kinect game coming


Sep 23
// Nick Chester
Lionhead Studio's "game" that was probably just really always a tech demo anyhow, Project Milo, has been shelved, according to a source speaking with Eurogamer. Word is that the project was shut down earlier this week, with 1...
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Rare and Molyneux wanted real controller for Kinect


Sep 07
// Jim Sterling
Rare's George Andreas has revealed that his studio, along with Microsoft Game Studios head Peter Molyneux, pushed for at least one button to accompany Microsoft's HD Wii. According to Andreas, his team was "very vocal" about ...
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Watch Peter Molyneux's Milo demo from TED


Aug 19
// Conrad Zimmerman
Last month at the TED Conference, Lionhead CEO Peter Molyneux showed another demonstration of Milo & Kate. During his presentation, he speaks a bit about interacting with Milo and how no two people will create the sa...
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Molyneux talks pedophilia and Milo


Aug 08
// Matthew Razak
Before this article begins let me update you on where we stand with Milo. We saw him/it at E3 2009 and were told that he/it was the future of gaming. Then we heard nothing. Then we were told he/it was a tech demo. Then we wer...
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Peter Molyneux is 'bored' of uninspired pre-order bonuses


Aug 05
// Jordan Devore
I think many of us will agree, most aspects of pre-order bonuses straight-up suck. We could get into how having multiple retailer-exclusive offerings is terrible, and how the entire system needs to go away, but for today, let...
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No Kinect functionality for Fable III at launch


Aug 05
// Nick Chester
While Lionhead's Fable III may support Kinect sometime in the future, don't expect it when the game ships this fall. Speaking with Joystiq, Lionhead studio boss Peter Molyneux has confirmed that whatever support was originall...
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Molyneux: Kinect won't kill controllers


Aug 03
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft demagogue and game developer Peter Molyneux has assured us all that Kinect won't kill videogame controllers. That's a relief, because Kinect is so hot looking that we were sure it would eliminate all other forms of ...
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Microsoft: Oh sorry, Project Milo ISN'T just a tech demo


Jun 29
// Jim Sterling
Contrary to what Aaron Greenberg has said, Lionhead has refuted the claim that Milo was a mere tech demo and won't be available for public consumption. On the contrary, there is currently a team of fifty people still working ...
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Molyneux says Black & White with Kinect would be 'super cool'


Jun 25
// Nick Chester
Poking at and flicking animals with a PC mouse? Old school. In the future, why not just use your actual hands? Speaking with UGO, Black & White designer Peter Molyneux ponders the idea of bringing the series to Microsoft'...






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