LGF: Molyneux talks Fable 2

Lionhead chief at GDC London to discuss dynamic environments in sequel; reveals a new approach to testing the game's features.

LONDON--As one of Britain's most revered games designers, Peter Molyneux had no trouble attracting a full crowd on the second day of Game Developers Conference London, which is part of the London Games Festival. The Lionhead chief used the session to talk to fellow developers about dynamic environments, with specific examples taken from his upcoming Xbox 360 sequel Fable 2.

After praising titles such as Assassin's Creed and Alan Wake, Molyneux described the vision behind his next role-playing game. The key theme for Fable 2 will be a "buy-anything" world, where you will be able to purchase nearly everything from a single store right up to an entire city with in-game currency. (Being an Xbox 360 title, the possibility of premium items being on Xbox Live Marketplace is also a strong possibility.) Arguing that he was tired of playing games where he had no impact on the environment, Molyneux claimed that being able to be a lord of the manor will increase your involvement with the game.

Molyneux also argued that a greater level of engagement is needed in the next generation of games. With Fable 2, the designer intends to introduce "unconditional love" as an important emotional factor, particularly with your family in the game. If you decide to have children, they will praise and look up to you whether you choose to be good or evil, which will have an effect on their outlook on life. On the other hand, spouses will always be looking for a better quality of life, and you must perform side missions in addition to the main quests to afford a better house and living conditions.

Molyneux also said that he was depending on typical Hollywood storytelling techniques for the setup of the game. Like the first Fable, the sequel will begin with the main character (who can be male or female), and the conflict will be derived from an "unspeakably evil" enemy character. Molyneux said that this was particularly important to fuel the player's hatred in the game and hinted at some sort of incident with your family as a mechanism to drive this.

At the end of the presentation, Molyneux dropped a new piece of information about the first showing of the game in action. Early next year, Lionhead intends to show off one of Fable 2's new features by letting someone outside the development studio try it out for the first time. Molyneux didn't comment on what the new feature would be, other than that it is both new and important.

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jellyjamsixpack
jellyjamsixpack

Im guessing that this game will hopefully come out by september 2008. I don't know what your talking about jigsaw. The game never got tire or old and i probably spent like 5 hours in the arena every game i made. I played the game 7 or 8 times and it never gets old. Which is why im so excited about Fable 2. Its going to be even longer!!!!!!!!!!!

Hellwege
Hellwege

2007 is pushing it i hope they take their time to make it best as possiable im betting itll be out sometime 2008

vaanofthewind
vaanofthewind

Okay on amazon.com.uk it says it comes out October 27, 2007 and it's a possibility it'll be multiplayer remember possibilty!

chino188
chino188

This game will REVOLUTIONIZE RPGs !!!!!!!!!!!!

somedude242
somedude242

if anyone knows can someone tell me when Fable 2 will be release.

LongShot42
LongShot42

jigsaw mand did you get the lost chapters? that was alittle longer than the oringal game

vexx365
vexx365

I wish i could see the new feature

jigsaw1991
jigsaw1991

The first fable had its low points but, it had so many more good details. It was way to short, and the fact that after you beat the arena you couldnt go back in and fight, disapointed me greatly, another thing was that after you beat the main story you could continue quests and do more things. The only thing you could do was try and take over towns, which got boring after awhile. Even though Fable had some needed improvements I still love the game, it is probly one of the better games i have played. Now about Fable 2, I cant wait for it to be released. One thing that bothers me is the market place feature, i just dont know how many people will actually spend there money on special items, i dont know it just sounds a little iffy to me....but it wont stop me from buying the game.

mand_450
mand_450

Fable 1 made me buy a xbox, and fable 2 will make me buy a xbox 360. Fable was and is a great game. However, the game was a bit short and easy. I diden't die once, and i completed the game within 10 hours, and it was my first time playing. I hope that fable 2 is soaked with quests and updates, cause i love lengthy games.

JayOfCheeba
JayOfCheeba

ok just one thing, flappy is praising fable2 and 1 yet he uses a GOW picture....

bloasss
bloasss

man i want a release dait!!1

Skysurfer_16
Skysurfer_16

Fuzzen needs to play Oblivion... Irritatingly enough Fable never compared to the likes of Morrowind. Although Fable stressed personalisation as a key factor in the game, after playing through a couple of times it still seemed so linear. Loads more sidequests needed in Fable 2 and optional/pointless/just for fun quests ESPECIALLY after the game is completed, needs to have loads more to continue doing after you are ruler of the land or whatever. Lets hope we get alot more customisation with wepons and armour/clothing. Maybe some occupational aspects should be implemented such as a shop owner having people work under you while you save the world from sheer evil. In a game like Fable, a player should have a huge sense of superflousness for a few game days or hours. Compared to the Eldar Scrolls series - which delivered a HUGE world to explore and to try and make your way in, Fable was Feeble. The things I loved about Fable was the humour, the combat, the farmer accents! (which i hear wont play such a huge part in Fable 2) the beautiful scenes and the graphical delights right down to the physiques of each character and monster. Looking forward to the next installment!

baconbits3425
baconbits3425

this game is gonna b awesome. a list of new stuff that i think should be included: 1. a WAY longer story line 2. more spells and weapons 3. at the end of the game more quests, like an endless amount

Fuzzen
Fuzzen

It`S going to be the best game that has ever come out, Fable is the reason I started to play roleplaying-games, but I have not yet found any game that has been better.

flappyjackjoe
flappyjackjoe

i cant wait till this comes out i own the first fable and i love it. my gamertag on xbox live is nightmare dx and im hoping that fable 2 will have online co-op. the day this game comes out its mine!!

Jdawg1003
Jdawg1003

i am a big fan of fable and i play it all the time now fable 2 holy crap its going to rock

AlphaSqaud
AlphaSqaud

fable is one of the best and probably the best game i ever owned and played i can't for it to come out i can assure you if it come out at 12:00 at night im gonna be there

jknight15
jknight15

Molyneux's idea of a revolutionised combat system is what's gonna make this game stand well above the others :D:D:D

fishweredogs
fishweredogs

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Jono69830
Jono69830

fable: the lost chapters was one of my favourite xbox games to date, though its short play time and easy difficulty level brought it down quite a knotch. I hope this time they extend it in length to at least 40-50 hours or add enough side missions and add ons to keep it going, i would love to see arenas where online players could fight it out and have more of na online component added in this time.

awarriorofgamin
awarriorofgamin

omfg im bout to poop myself this game looks so pwn!!! i need it now!!!!!

AdMordem
AdMordem

it better be released finished this time.... does everyone remember when PM appoligized for the half finished game they shipped for Fable?? Though i finally got my hands on lost chapters and that was fun...

Esion
Esion

The one sounded good too...

_Sam_
_Sam_

it sounds good

Stavatar
Stavatar

I really hope that they change the aging system though it should be a slow process

jubblerbug
jubblerbug

I completley forgot that this was coming out when i bought my 360 the other day. Now i'm even more stoked about the line up! Gears of War, Mass Effect, Fable 2.... The only gripe i had about Fable was that it was too easy to go from one extreme to the other... i.e. if you were as bad as you could be (killed a lot of innocents, made 'THAT' decision in the arena, etc.) you could still become really good by just donating cash to the temple... i thought that was a bit silly, and undermined the whole good/evil prospect.

Kord911
Kord911

If Molyneux can live up to his word, this will be better than all of the PS3 launch titles combined. (Actually it depends if you really prefer RPG or not, either way though this interests those who don't even play them to begjn with.)

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'm really interested in this. I liked the first Fable, but I thought it could have been so much more. Maybe F2 will do just that.

Castlevania1986
Castlevania1986

I am getting me a 360 now. I would buy a PS3 but Sony is a flat out idiot for over pricing that d*mn thing so everyone can't afford it. Even if I was working throwing away $600 plus the games tsk,tsk,tsk forget it. Fable is a great game, and so far Fable 2 seems very interesting...hope the makers don't remove anything though.

JeraudS
JeraudS

Fable 2 will a great game on the release date and the new features added to the next-gen version will make this one of the most anticipated games in 2007.

boricualou
boricualou

i want this game to come out already! lol

ultimate_zero
ultimate_zero

I'm really looking forward to this game and can'r wait for the secret feature.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

I hope it'll be a great RPG! It must beat the 1st one :)

DesRed
DesRed

[Quote] Molyneux also argued that a greater level of engagement is needed in the next generation of games. With Fable 2, the designer intends to introduce "unconditional love" as an important emotional factor, particularly with your family in the game. If you decide to have children, they will praise and look up to you whether you choose to be good or evil, which will have an effect on their outlook on life. On the other hand, spouses will always be looking for a better quality of life, and you must perform side missions in addition to the main quests to afford a better house and living conditions.[/Quote] That is a nice addition to the game. :) At least this does mirror family life in real life and the drive to do better for the family is a nice touch indeed. I am looking forward to this mechanic.

lcboettcher
lcboettcher

Looking forward to this one, and yes hopefully it is released as a finished product with everything we all expect to see in the this great universe. Also heard the the environment changes with time, how bad ass is that!

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Thank you Peter. Say no more! I know you're a great producer, but we really need you to let the game speak for itsef. I'd like you to treat this game as Halo 3. Don't tell us nothing gameplaywise, keep all the details in-house, and just let us know that you're hard at work on the game, and it going to be best Lionheart game yet. LET the hype build itself, don't build it yourself.

Paceydre
Paceydre

Looks interesting. After my work on Fablefan.nl ended I were always wondering how the "real" Fable game would play. Fable 1 didn't meet the promises that were made and because of that I had a game in my possession which only was 50% there. Too many things were left out...so this time its good that Peter (as he said before himself) doesn't say a lot about his projects anymore. Less promises, more to find out....I'm eagerly waiting to play the game and I hope that Fable 2 will make it in 2007 to store shelves. Thumbs up to Peter for not making any promises this early.

BlackdogGT
BlackdogGT

SHHHHH!!! Peter, for the love of all that is holy, PLEASE keep this project under wraps! As little information as possible.. Maybe a screenshot every now and then.. It's for the best.

Dark_Ivan
Dark_Ivan

the evolution begins in fable 2, I can't wait

Britesparc
Britesparc

This does sound amazing, but I hope they don't forget to fix the biggest bugbear of the original - the small areas and constant loading! Can't they make it one big world like Oblivion? I have faith though - whilst Lionhead do often over-promise, they've never actually released a bad game.

ftjx
ftjx

Sounds good especially the part about "family"., but then again the first one had a lot of going for it until it came out..............

kill0switch
kill0switch

it sounds so bad ass, the only problem i can see is that with more freedom and impact, the more troublesom playing it can be, like something changes that you needed to stay the same in what not

sshyrulian512
sshyrulian512

Wow, this is great! After seeing the interview and then reaing this I'm truly amazed that its going to be continued with the same basic principals, but man I like the idea of using anything as a weapon. I was also preetty shot down when I found that it wasnt online, but i found that it wouldnt be good for online play with others when I played it. Sweetness, can't wait till its released!

Daviejones
Daviejones

really, I don't care about that spouse situation, since the kid will still love me... the info about showing the game sounds sweet. I wanna see some concept art!