Fable Heroes fighting to Xbox Live

Microsoft reveals Lionhead Studios developing four-player hack-and-slash downloadable game based on studio's role-playing series.

Lionhead Studios' latest project has been revealed. Microsoft has announced Fable Heroes, a new hack-and-slash downloadable game due out on Xbox Live.

Fable Heroes is the next chapter in Lionhead's journey.

Fable Heroes supports four players through competitive and cooperative modes playable locally or across Xbox Live. Players will fight familiar foes of Albion together, while competing with friends to collect the most gold coins along the way.

These coins can be used by players to unlock upgrades like finishing moves, flourishes, and power-ups, along with characters and items for Fable Heroes, as well as the upcoming Kinect-exclusive Fable: The Journey.

Microsoft also noted the game's replayability factor. The company said as players work through Fable Heroes they will unlock increasingly difficult levels and minigames. Players can also choose a difficultly level from the onset and post high scores to online leaderboards.

Fable Heroes will be presented in a stylized, cel-shaded manner. This represents a departure from the presentation style of the most recent entry in the franchise, Fable 3.

No release date or price was mentioned for Fable Heroes, and as of press time, Microsoft had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

For more on Fable Heroes, check out GameSpot's just-published hands-on preview.

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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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Batjimi
Batjimi

soooo many negative comments here.. I dunno, kinda reminds me of castle crashers and that was bare fun. Something good could come of all this haha

blackace
blackace

@zzamaro @blackace Milo was FAKE. It was confirmed a long time ago that it just was a stage demo. Do you truly believe that Kinect could manage to do all of that? It just hype. All lies. I never believed when I first saw it as Natal. ***************************************************** It wasn't fake, it was scripted for the demonstration. Still journalist were able to go behind close doors and speak to Milo themselves and he did respond. Not always as expected, but it was awork in progress. Yes, the XBox 360 is capable of a lot of things and the Kinect seems to be able to do a lot more then we expected.

jch123
jch123

Wow just Wow, what a cherry on top of the disgrace to what could have been such a great franchise.

cr8ive
cr8ive

@theKSMM Considering the improvements (or deterioration) of the Fable series, I don't really mind if the franchise became ipad/tablet only... to join the league of shallow games... I think it's time to change the Fable name to Fumble

theKSMM
theKSMM

I'm not mad at the Lionhead guys for expanding the Fable franchise into the casual territory, but what's with this Mii-style graphics on the XBOX 360? This looks like something I'd expect to see on the iPad, not my living room TV.

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

I'm adopting a wait and see approach on this, but it needs to support avatars imo.

Shame-usBlackley
Shame-usBlackley

This is what happens when a company turns stupid. You get franchises like Fable turned into garbage like this and kinect trash like The Journey. Microsoft has made my decision so easy next generation. It would've been much harder if I actually wanted to play anything they have left.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

This is what the genius who invented the entire concept of "the God Game" has whittled himself down to. Populous... Powermonger... Black&White... Dungeon Keeper... and a crappy license tie-in.

Maluigi
Maluigi

The character models look god awful

xboxfanonly
xboxfanonly

Is this a joke? Oh yeah just put the Fable name on it so it could sell, perfect plan. This is like Gothem City Imposters and Battlefield Heroes, except worse. Why do you have to put the Fable franchise name on it!!! I was hoping for a Fable 4 announcement not this.

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

Dear Lionhead, move on to something new. Please - Everyone

goosetroop
goosetroop

Not sure why all the hate just because it bears the fable name but whatever I think it looks fun.

Scorpion2929
Scorpion2929

Sh*t on the Fable series even more Lionhead...

mothboy
mothboy

crap fighting to xbox live!

rktPYZQShWz
rktPYZQShWz

At least it sounds better than The Journey. But honestly Lionhead, you need to move on to something else.

James00715
James00715

It seems everyone is jumping on the hack and slash bandwagon now.

Tseng
Tseng

Ahh yes, taking a page from Square's book and milking the hell out of a franchise. Classic.

zzamaro
zzamaro

@blackace Milo was FAKE. It was confirmed a long time ago that it just was a stage demo. Do you truly believe that Kinect could manage to do all of that? It just hype. All lies. I never believed when I first saw it as Natal.

Gantrathor
Gantrathor

it could be fun, though I don't think I would pay for it. The sad thing: It's probably going to be 1600 MS Points. *sigh*

blackace
blackace

Yikes. We needs something better then that from Lionhead. Where's BC and Milo?

magicalclick
magicalclick

I think it is cool. It is interesting to see the greed part. Actually it is best to be a ghost in the assisted run, and then, leave one heart at the end for the ghost to come back after a boss fight.

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

it's a bit risky but it might work, this kinda reminds me zelda 4 swords

IceJester45
IceJester45

Looks pretty good, but I'm going to have my plate full with Diablo III and Torchlight 2.

mtait01
mtait01

Fable 1= amazing Fable 2 = very good Fable 3 = awful Fable Heroes = facepalm

Archaicmage
Archaicmage

This should drop the Fable name! wtf is this peter mol lies yneux

unreal_master
unreal_master

Oh more promises, sounds like an ex when they claim it will be better this time.

XCore93
XCore93

OMG LIONHEAD...this is so lame

cmyork
cmyork

Am I the only one that thinks this looks like Castle Crashers with a Fable anime paint job?

Leftel
Leftel

Lol, looks nice :D

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

I think Molyneux just needs to come out with the kid's meal toys and Fable pajamas and be done with it.

mijahi
mijahi

I'm far more intrested in this title over a Kinect-exclusive game.

Fatbeaverlol
Fatbeaverlol

I only play it if jack of blades is in it :)

grgcucu
grgcucu

ARE.YOU.*$#()*$@)(#.KIDDING ME

XenoLair
XenoLair

Yay franchise milking! Sad thing is, ill probably buy it if its 800 points x)