Fable developer Lionhead is working on non-Fable game

"We're not just a Fable studio."

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Fable series creator Lionhead Studios is "not just a Fable studio," the United Kingdom based developer has confirmed. To that end, the studio has revealed that it is working on a new project that will not be "Fable-esque," though what form this game takes remains to be seen.

Lionhead boss John Needham, who joined the company less than a year ago, told Eurogamer that although the company is "primarily" a Fable studio, "we're working on other games, too."

"We're working on other different sorts of games as well that we're not talking about right now and won't be Fable-esque," he said.

Lionhead studio director Stuart Whyte echoed Needham's comments.

"We're not just a Fable studio. Judging by where we are at the moment we've had a lot of Fable games in recent times, but I wouldn't say that we're just Fable," he said. "I can't really say any more at this point!"

The original Fable launched in 2004, with sequels Fable II and Fable III coming in 2008 and 2011, respectively. Spin-offs Fable Heroes and the Kinect-required Fable: The Journey were released in 2012. Lionhead, owned by Microsoft, has developed every game in the series.

Lionhead has not shipped a non-Fable game since strategy game Black & White 2, published by Electronic Arts in 2006. Other details on Lionhead's new, non-Fable IP are unknown, but influential designer Peter Molyneux won't have a hand in it, as he quit Lionhead in 2012.

Lionhead's next body of work, Fable Anniversary, launches early next month for Xbox 360. The developer is also working on Xbox One game Fable Legends, an online-focused action game that will have a lifespan of 5-10 years if everything goes to plan.

Regarding Fable Legends, Needham said the cloud-powered nature of the Xbox One allows Lionhead to be more proficient will how it approaches matchmaking and online modes

"I always mention this, but I love Dark Souls, where you're invading other people's worlds, and games like Journey, where people are organically coming in and out of your game world," Needham said. "Having that kind of infrastructure behind the Xbox One gives you a lot of flexibility to do highly innovative online."

Discussion

21 comments
pszone
pszone

well time to move on fable long dead at moment.   Big Mistake since could make a bigger world of fable pretty to do would sold more units for xbox1.    The last fable game worst game in series.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

"Lionhead has not shipped a non-Fable game since strategy game Black & White 2, published by Electronic Arts in 2006."

Actually, Stunts and Effects (an expansion to the awesome game "The Movies") was their last non-Fable shipped game. I hope they're making a sequel! I can dream, can't I?

hadlee73
hadlee73

The subtitle of the article makes it looks like Lionhead are retorting right back at Eddie's headline, lol

jackrg
jackrg

well I support the sentiment of the others here Black and White 3 already, it has been to damn long !

Hjindee
Hjindee

BLACK AND WHITE 3 COME ON!!!

jessie82
jessie82

how about a black & white 3?

StHapns247
StHapns247

Fable developer says they are not just Fable developer.

demondogx
demondogx

The Movies 2 would make me very happy.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Greeeeaaaaaat why don't you get back to us when you have a release date?

themc_7
themc_7

I had no idea the Peter Molyneux had left the company. I'm looking forward to Fable Anniversary, but I think that'll be my last Fable purchase, perhaps my last Lionhead purchase.

normanislost
normanislost

If it's not black and white I don't give a f***

Geardudu
Geardudu

@themc_7 He has a big name and is indeed talented, but not flawless. Many people disliked Fable 3 even though Peter was still involved with the studio. I don't know who replaced him, but I don't think Lionhead is doomed.

normanislost
normanislost

Although the only reason that was good was because Peter knows how to make god games......

jesot
jesot

@Geardudu @themc_7 Everyone is always disappointed with Peter's games because he promises all these crazy features and fails to deliver a game that closely resembles his declared vision.  I stopped listening to that dude after Black & White 2.

StHapns247
StHapns247

@normanislost Peter doesn't know how to make anything. He doesn't even know how to accurately describe what his games actually are or what you do in them.

themc_7
themc_7

@jesot @Geardudu @themc_7 yeah I remember when he said Fable would revolutionize the RPG. As much as I love Fable, it's essentially a stripped down, casual gamer type, RPG and it didn't revolutionize anything. They promised so much and a lot of the promises didn't happen.