Fable III to be home for the holidays

Microsoft gives Lionhead's action adventure a fourth-quarter release window; Molyneux shows off early version at X10.

Last August, Peter Molyneux revealed Fable III for the Xbox 360 at GamesCom 2009. More shocking than news of the game's development was that the notoriously ambitious Molyneux expected to have the game on shelves in 2010, just two years after Fable II.

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

Doubters today received two shreds of evidence that Molyneux and Lionhead Studios might actually meet that release window. First, Molyneux was in San Francisco for Microsoft's X10 press event to show off an early build of the game. Second, Microsoft stood by the original release window, going so far as to narrow Fable III's release date to holiday 2010.

During the event, Molyneux introduced a key new feature for Fable III: an emphasis on physical contact. Players will be able to use a context-sensitive trigger button to physically interact with characters in the world, whether to shake their hands or shove them to the ground. Additionally, the game will feature weapons that change and grow based on how players use them. Cooperative action is also getting a tweak, with each player able to use their own customized characters (and dogs) instead of generic sidekicks.

Finally, the developer reiterated his intention to incorporate Microsoft's Project Natal motion-sensing camera into the game. Molyneux said the game will primarily use the standard controller but will also incorporate some Natal surprises.

For more on Fable III, check out GameSpot's first look preview from X10, or watch the interview with Peter Molyneux from the event below.

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89 comments
Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

Lol I misread the first part. I thought it said Molyneux was "notoriously amphibious". It would make sense.

Scavenger6
Scavenger6

Molenux really knows how to pull people to his game!

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

More Fable III features that sound too good to be ture? It's because they are, half the stuff "planned" for Fable II never made it in there and we got half a game......

Alivenow
Alivenow

My wife loved Fable 2 me not so much, but I'll welcome it since it's apeals to her and get's her off my back about playing games for a few weeks.

Never3ndingLife
Never3ndingLife

fable 1 and 2 were really good, but easy.. hopefully this adds a challenge

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

anyone else hoping for massive army clashes in this? i mean since your king/queen in this, i see no reason why there wouldn't be. and i mean thousands of soldiers, not 20 guys killing 10

TommyTonsuls
TommyTonsuls

Fable 2 was very easy. It was still fun ofcourse, but easy. Fable 3 should be longer too. I mean for gods sakes it was shorter than fable 1!

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

I gotta admit fable 2 was short and kinda easy, and I wouldve liked more side qeusts to do, buuutttt, there was something about the overall feel and atmosphere of the game that had me hooked, and I pretty much couldnt put it down, and I did enjoy the overall experience, Im sure fable 3 will deliver in that aspect, but hopefully has more to offer

aGiantSquirrel
aGiantSquirrel

Please, I hope they dont ruin this game with Natal, please dont. Its already classified as an action advention instead of a RPG. What is going on here?

kvan33
kvan33

So the big "upgrade" in Fable III is that now you can shake hands or push someone. Seriously, I couldn't have more hatred for a franchise than Fable. Why don't they just call it a SIMS game and get it over with?

Gamesmasterx
Gamesmasterx

Shame really, Fable was, pretty good I guess, the second sounded better, and was until it was finished. So what is going to happen now?

BlindmanNL
BlindmanNL

I don't care that everyone has the same weapon, the game still looks great, and I think they're still using Proprietary and Havok engine, which I really enjoyed in the 2nd game

BrutalityNZ
BrutalityNZ

i agree with doontime, surely they cant have that many different types of different looks or wateva for EVERYONE!

johnrobs
johnrobs

i think first great game of 2011 (Going to be pushed back)

doontime
doontime

The weapon thing is cool but I'm positive that a lot of people will end up having the same exact weapon.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

They say notoriously ambitious, I say notorious liar. Potatoes, potatoes.

doontime
doontime

Fable 2 was kind of a disappointment, I hope that Fable 3 will be better then Fable 2.

TheoleDominion
TheoleDominion

You have to admire Peter's passion for gaming. I liked Fable I & II, however each game fell short of expectations or what you were led to believe or to expect. I feel no need to re-hatch in detail what those issues were, I really hope Fable III succeeds in delivering on ALL fronts.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Fable 2 was my biggest surprise of 2008. I really didn't like the original, but I gave Fable 2 a chance and loved it. Really looking forward to Fable 3. Not too sure about the incorporation of Natal, though.

Ramiro00
Ramiro00

natal please stay in devolopment...I repeat Stay in there

Faller88
Faller88

Fable II was The Best game of 2008. Granted it wasnt big on challenge, which seems to be the main argument people have against it. But Honestly, why do games Always have to be on who gets The Best Score. Life is already stressfull enough, I want to relax while playing games.

Diernes
Diernes

I am continually amazed at what some people consider to be a good game. Fable 2 was one of the most shallow and childish games I have played in a long time, and by Peter's comments he is still focusing on gimmicks instead of good gameplay with I dont know, maybe some depth for a change? Not likely eh Moly? This game will be terrible but as usual the masses will eat it up. He likes to stress Fable 3 will not be a roleplaying game, but frankly it never was in the first place. I am actually insulted at some of his comments, he is basically talking out of his behind. "no one used the features of fable 2?" What features where they again peter? The customisation was practically non existant, the quest was about 5 hours long. The dog was just a gimick that just found treasure. The combat system was a joke, and the enemies you did encounter were at spawned locations that just constantly repopulated. The fable franchise sux. Pull you head out of your asses lionhead.

haymoo1
haymoo1

I like the idea of creating your own customizable characters!! I'll probably spend most of my time tweeking that stuff. Not really sure how I feel about the Natal, my thoughts right now though, I don't want it in Fable III.

lokfan
lokfan

this isnt an rpg- listen to the interview

Onetwoindo
Onetwoindo

hope the main character finally be able to speak,,,y

zodiackilla
zodiackilla

games should come out when they are done and polished the longer the delay the better the game should be. But its not about the games its about money money money

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Microsoft is taking Nintendo's strategy. Release games in the last quarter in the year. This will release a gap in the second and third quarter. That is how the Wii lost its momentum. / Games should be balanced throughout the year.

JaredTrotterboy
JaredTrotterboy

It would be extemely cool if it came out by christmas, but Molyneux is too notorious for not keeping his promises.

zMd113
zMd113

as with Fable 2, this game makes me want to buy a 360, but i just don't want to mess with it when it RROD, because it will. everyone i know has had to send it in at least twice, now a couple of them switched to PS3.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

I keep thinking I should play these Fable games one of these days... but they keep getting put below something else when I got to get another game... And Natal support... yawn. The game will be playable without Natal, which means any natal surprises they put in the game will be fluffy tack-on's anyhow.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Except for some really bad glitches (including a bounty hunter job that cannot be finished because the paying guard is gone), I thought Fable 2 was awesome and I really hope they don't change it too much.

Icehearted
Icehearted

@mi6ops Might want to unpack that tutu, your highness. Lionhead's not above releasing unfinished games to be patched up later. :P

mi6ops
mi6ops

Bull schnizzile , if this comes out THIS year then I'm a fairy princess in the happy land of elves who dance while eating pink cake singing tra la la all the live long day !

force_user1975
force_user1975

@ Incetardis That's your opinion man. However, Halo Reach, Alan Wake, Crackdown 2, Splinter Cell Conviction, Mass Effect 2 and possibly Gears Of War 3 are all "Reasons to get a 360 this year" We don't even know what else we might see this year at E3 from Microsoft.

Folleyrules
Folleyrules

I hope they keep and improve the local coop!!!!

Incetardis
Incetardis

If it came out today i would buy it. Only reason to get a 360 this year.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

You just know that the expressions will be 'Natal Freindly' : )

force_user1975
force_user1975

@payne6705 Only the first part of my comment pertained to you man. Sometimes development teams are on a schedule. They were a bit rushed for a release. Fable 1 was still amazing IMO, it was far ahead of any other game as far as I'm concerned. Fable 2 built even more on that and with the newer technology they were able to make good on a lot of the promises on Fable 1. About the Natal thing, I am just happy that the peripheral will be usable with first tier games, more a compliment to Peter then a knock on Sony. I would want to be able to use the controller or Natal with Fable 3 and it looks like thats how it will be. It's like Nintendo should offer an option to use a standard controller on their games as well as the motion controls. I'm happy Microsoft seems to be offering both options on games. And not just party type games.

JoePiervincenti
JoePiervincenti

Fable II was fantastic, can't wait for this one! The feature of being able to see other people online while not impacting your play was pretty great.

Icehearted
Icehearted

@PUREPL7YA While I don't disagree with how you feel about the games, I doubt their sales will be impacted. Sheeple will buy anything they perceive as great, history has show us that with Fable 2. Remember the hype surrounding Fable? Remember how much people lamented the fact that it didn't even close to being anything that it was promised to be? Fable 2 came along, and despite knowing what the series was like, and having even been warned by devs that it doesn't have everything they'd wanted to put into the game actually in there, people still made the game a hit, and they still found reasons to complain about the game. If history holds true, this game, regardless of whatever they say is going into it, and regardless of whether or not any of that actually ends up in the finished product at all, Fable 3 is going to be a huge hit. Hype can sell anything if they play it right, which they've managed to do very successfully, twice!

mart_mart
mart_mart

"It's all about power, man!"

PUREPL7YA
PUREPL7YA

Fable 2 was so utterly disappointing! This franchise continues to "piss people off" more and more with each new entry and my guts tell me there will be no exception with this one. Don't believe Molyneux's nonsense, don't even second guess it. Fable 3 is going to flop, hard.

payne6705
payne6705

@force_user1975 well I find it stupid to rebuy a game that I already spent money on so I can get the stuff he promised would already be in it also I never mentioned the PS3 or natal where did this come from? I have nothing against peter I find his ideas fresh but see thats the problem they are only ideas when push comes to shove they are never implemented in the game at all he is the master of overly hyping something he can sell a ketchup popiscle to a person in white gloves but at the end of the day that person has messy gloves and not satisfied and he runs off with money

force_user1975
force_user1975

@payne6705 Did you know they released Fable 1 the lost chapters? It was a more complete version of the game and had some of the extra things in the game that were supposed to already be in the game but weren't. Fable 2 won GOY from many places and was an absolute blast. They did more then tweak things. As the technology get's better I am sure we will see more and more sequels released in a 2 year window rather then a 3 or 4 year window. I pray Peter never stops dreaming, because he has some truly unique ideas and even though some are hard to realize in a video game, he raises the bar that much more. As a proud XBox 360 fan, I am happy to have him designing games like these. His support of Natal will also be crucial, because while Sony's "vibrating wand" will be supporting "Party games" and "Shovel ware" Project Natal will be supporting Fable 3 and top tier titles for the XBox 360.

payne6705
payne6705

@Bashers79 thank you even though I didn't enjoy fable I was so relieved that the characters didn't look like 12 year old boys(gender doesn't matter) with spiky hair and emotional problems

payne6705
payne6705

I don't want to sound like a jerk..but I will Peter is the king of overly hyping a game all these promises and they never deliver I played fable 1 and I didn't enjoy it I listened to the hype and got very dissapointed I never bought fable 2 I look at it read reviews and saw some1 play it and it looks the same just some slight tweaks and now another one by xmas time? idk it sounds a little rushed but thats me

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I hope they have better DLC support for the third game. Can't wait! I'll get the collectors edition again!

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

You've gotta love molyneux he's got some dam inventive ideas I mean black and White is still one of my top games of all time and I played fable 1 to death. The problem is getting his ideas into the game and actually having them work he got more ambitous with BnW2 and fable2 they just didn't quite work which is a shame but you know what they say third times the charm :) and hopefully he might secretly be working on BnW3

Bortson
Bortson

lol ClaTheNinja, that was exactly what I was gonna say. Again, Molyneaux is the master of building up hype only to deliver a snooze fest. Well the only part of Fable 2 that was impressive was its graphics engine so thats already been built and considering the severe lack of any content and depth in that game, it shouldnt take too long to slap together Fable 3 and release it by X-mas so I'm gonna go ahead and write that release date in stone