Fable creators, Lionhead vets form new studio

Simon and Dene Carter heading up Another Place Productions with Lionhead veterans John McCormack, Guillaume Portes, and Jeremie Texier.

The creators of Lionhead Studio's marquee Fable role-playing game franchise are off to tell another story. Brothers Dene and Simon Carter have formed United Kingdom-based game studio Another Place Productions, where they will serve as creative director and technical director, respectively.

The Carter brothers are back to work.

Along with the Carter brothers, Another Place Productions is staffed by former Lionhead Studios developers John McCormack (art director), Guillaume Portes (technical director), and Jeremie Texier (production director).

The company's website offers no indication as to what the developer is working on, but when the Carter brothers left Lionhead last year, the pair indicated they were keen on building games for downloadable fronts like Xbox Live, the PlayStation Network, Steam, and mobile.

Another Place Productions' mission statement reads, "Our goal is to create high-quality, meaningful experiences that will inspire audiences worldwide."

The Carter brothers founded Big Blue Box, the developer that created the Fable series shortly before being acquired by Lionhead and Microsoft. The franchise has sold more than 12 million units, across three core installments. A new Fable entry--Fable: The Journey--is in development for the Kinect.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Mr_Bodywave
Mr_Bodywave

@cjburnfist Yeah--he is just lucky. *rolls eyes* He didn't always have those resources--he wasn't born rich. You are just like so many that think it isn't that hard. You are over estimating your abilities and under-estimating the ability needed. It takes a lot more than just some $$ to make a good game.

Mr_Bodywave
Mr_Bodywave

@cjburnfist I have played all 3 fables. I have seen his comments. I can see how some people are upset by his descriptions and claims versus the final product. I also see how they have changed version to version. Some things are better, some things are worse. As for getting my finger out of my arse and quit acting like I know anything---well I do know that he has more talent than you. Or me. Or both of us combined. I thought 2 was better than 1 and 3 was the least of the 3. Though both 1 and 2 had their parts that were better than the other, I thought 2 was better overall. as for being a pure jackass--your criticisms of Molyneux are pure jackassery.

Tribesmaster
Tribesmaster

Fable is simple and boring enough as it is. I can't even imagine how bad the kinect version will be.

JTrockin
JTrockin

After I played Fable III my expectations for fable hit the ground. This Kinect release is the fatal blow as far as I'm concerned. Fable LC was one of the most amazing games on original Xbox. They really need to go back to that formula.

XCore93
XCore93

If they will make Fable sequel better then it will be great...If going to be same crappy game i really do not care. Im desperate to heard something about B&W 3 or Fable: LC 2 :(

BoSnerdly
BoSnerdly

I'm disappointed that they're looking at "building games for downloadable fronts" because I'm rarely a fan of those kinds of games. But, I imagine it's easy and quick money for the new studio, so I bet it's a good busines move. I just hope that after they establish themselves, they'll put their talents into something epic like Fable.

Mr_Bodywave
Mr_Bodywave

@cjburnfist Right, like you have any idea how it is inside Lionhead, or as if you had 1/10 the talent of Molyneux.

redness19
redness19

Fable 2 was probably the highlight of this series. Fable 3 just seemed like a dumb downed Fable 2...how that is even possible, I don't know. Now the newest one is a kinect game, the series gets more casual with every addition.

firehawk998
firehawk998

I wish best of luck to this new studio. May your first games be a hit for gamers and also may you never make another installment of the fable franchise. My god the game gets more dumbed down in every sequel.

Zeeksie
Zeeksie

@Gelugon_baat, because Microsoft is paying him.

gutsallover
gutsallover

I've never been able to get into games with a silent protagonist. It feels far too bland. I don't need a character to be voiced, but having dialogue/conversation options makes things a lot more interesting. I enjoyed screwing around in the first Fable game, but I wasn't able to enjoy any of the subsequent games.

arctictool1
arctictool1

So, what ever happened to Fable being amazing? The first, lost chapters, and second were great, but the third was just awful. Anyone know what's up with that?

emperiox
emperiox

Lol, everyone in that picture is bald xD

Vaultdweller108
Vaultdweller108

i know that this isn't the point of discussion but has to be said, death stream. i am not against down loadable games i'm against them trying to make all games that way, not everyone can afford or can't get for some reason or another hi-speed internet meaning no xboxlive and what if the company that makes a game ex. obsidian' bethesda' 2k' gos out of business then if something happens to our copy of the game do you really think that their going to keep their severs on so you can get a new one (buy the way i know those companies are still in business just making a point) and those are just two examples.anyway no buddy cares if they make down loadable games, we just want them to keep making physical copies of the games.

BuBsay
BuBsay

@halosqrrl I agree to an extent, Fable 2 and 3 had some fantastic ideas in them (and some horrible ones too), but the execution of them was pretty damn poor. Not to mention the whole morale choice system of Fable 2 and 3 is just completely botched. For example, as king in Fable 3 you have to make the decision between draining a lake and strip mining it for gold, or leaving it for it's natural beauty and losing money to save 600,000 people. And in Fable 3's mind leaving the lake for the rich people and letting 600,000 people die is the good choice.... What the balls Fable?

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

hope to see some good things from the studio!

ziproy
ziproy

Downloadable = BAD

deathstream
deathstream

Downloadable games are the future. What it means to be a downloadable title is shifting dramatically right now. I Am Alive and Alan Wake are setting the stage right now for a digital distibution future. And more and more devs are doing what these guys are doing and forming independent studios focused on digitally distributed games.

Albaficas
Albaficas

next fable sony too now maybe

Vaultdweller108
Vaultdweller108

if the day ever comes that all games are download only is the day i stop playing.

halosqrrl
halosqrrl

@lotus-edge Thats a bit harsh fable 3 was a lot of fun even though it could have been so much better

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

The last Fable was dissapointing!It was kinda fun but when i think back...it was very limited in everything.Its a shame...so much potential and so much rushed and undone.Not buying a Fable blindly anymore!

Deano
Deano

can't imagine how bad the next fable is going to be without these guys working on it.

yellosnolvr
yellosnolvr

as long as molyneux isn't involved, i'm expecting good things from them

RossRichard
RossRichard

Wonder how soon they will sell themselves to a bigger company, like Lionhead and Bullfrog did.

Barighm
Barighm

Another studio focusing on digital games.

Lotus-Edge
Lotus-Edge

Maybe this next Fable won't suck ass like the last two....

ultimakid
ultimakid

I just want them to stop ruining Fable. It's actually painful to watch them mutilate and destroy the series. Fable 1 had so much damn potential and they just MAIMED the crap out of it. It's like the Indiana Jones South Park episode.

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

Either to clear up their name from bad Fable games or to start getting rich by making cheap yet "meaningful" iOS and Android games.

supertom221
supertom221

cool. will wait for more news of that.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Guess they got tired of working for Mr. Overpromise and Underdeliver Molyneaux.

maximo
maximo

So is Peter Molyneaux sitting in the office alone now? Bring back F2.

JarlStreamus
JarlStreamus

@YoungSinatra25 I definitely agree, the first fable was brilliant and actually had a way of making me want to keep playing through all of the other side quests. The last two though have just been boring and I ended up finding that the buying of houses was more important to the game than anything else. Really dull after a while...

JarlStreamus
JarlStreamus

@YoungSinatra25 I definitely agree, the first fable was brilliant and actually had a way of making me want to keep playing through all of the other side quests. The last two though have just been boring and I ended up finding that the buying of houses was more important to the game than anything else. Really dull after a while...

YoungSinatra25
YoungSinatra25

TBH Fable is a rather unspectacular series so it stands to reason the creators jumping ship for greener pastures. Fable's one of the few series that actually has gotten worse over time.

campbell153
campbell153

No fable 4 then? wtf? i swear i read somewhere it was in the early stages of production???

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

i thought it was obvious they were gonna create games for mobiles, you know, because Another Place Production is APP for short.

RevolverAce
RevolverAce

We need a new Dungeon Keeper (same guys rigt?) or Black and White.

YEPEE00
YEPEE00

fable...will be missed.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

R.I.P. Fable While hope for Lionhead died a while ago, maybe this new studio can accomplish new things.

Tseng
Tseng

Cool. Maybe they can make something solid without the influence of 'My eyes are too big for my stomach' Molyneaux. :D