Molyneux gave "thumbs up" to Fable HD

Lionhead lead designer says Peter Molyneux has played and approved Fable Anniversary.

Peter Molyneux, who led development on the original Fable and its two sequels, has played the upcoming high-definition Fable Anniversary overhaul and has given it a "thumbs up."

Lionhead Studios lead designer Ted Timmins told GameSpot that Molyneux, following his departure from the studio and Microsoft altogether, remains a friend of the company.

"He popped over, had a play, gave a thumbs up, and then went back on his way," Timmins said.

Fable Anniversary launches later this year only on Xbox 360; a PC version is not in the works. The package includes the 2004 original role-playing game and its Lost Chapters expansion.

The game will have an entirely new lighting system, powered by the Unreal engine, as well as all-new character models, textures, materials, and new facial and cutscene animations. It will also feature widescreen support and remastered audio for surround sound setups.

All content found in Fable and its Lost Chapters expansion will be included in Fable Anniversary, though Lionhead said no additional quests or content will be added to the new version.

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buffaloblitz85
buffaloblitz85

Sad to say the first Fable much like the rest of the Fables were/are behind the times.  when Fable came out Morrowind was out and much better obviously and when Fable 2 came out Fallout 3 came out much better hands down, and finally when Fable 3 came out every other game that came out was ten times better then that recycled piece of crap.

saifssj6
saifssj6

goddamit,the only thing lionhead cud've done right was bring this to the pc

beetfunchic
beetfunchic

The pompous windbag is at it again. No one gives a flying "sheep" about you Molyneux.

Pilgrim117
Pilgrim117

I give "thumbs down" to Molyneux for his entire career past Black and White. 

crashmer
crashmer

If he gave the thumbs up then something must be wrong with it. 

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

Why won't anyone admit that Fable was horrible?

SgtSilock
SgtSilock

Why would gamespot Publish this?

PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

That sounds like the way Krusty the Clown tests his merchandise. "Yea yea this is good byebye"

Seeing as how in retrospect Molyneux himself wasn't happy with the original I would have hoped they had done a complete overhaul, but that's not what HD editions do.

jeffrobin
jeffrobin

They have put a lot of work into this. I bought the Silent Hill HD remake last year and it was terrible, just a shoddy rushed semi HD port to please the fans but this looks awesome. Real work and dedication has gone into it, new engine, smart glass etc. Well done Lion Head, can't wait to play it.

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

I replayed this last year, and while the charm and fun still hold up well, here is one thing I think many people have not considered yet. The old game had some troubling load times and very frequent screen breaks when moving from area to area, with those issues both addressed in the HD version I fear the extreme shortness of the game is going to be even more readily apparent this time around.

steelmouth
steelmouth

Molyneux, Cliff what's with all this ex MS guys constantly making the news, cant GS just let them go

Chai_Tea
Chai_Tea

Of course he would have to give it a thumbs up.  It is his creation.  Since when have any game producer admitted that they made a shit game.  Not that Fable was a shit game.  It was pretty good for it's time.

Donrock12
Donrock12

Can't wait to pre-order this once it shows up on amazon.  The same people who criticize when we get remakes of old games are usually the same people who want them to remake games like Chrono Trigger, FF7, etc.  

I always laugh because if you don't support the remakes that are made then other developers see that it is not doing well and that at present dead market for remakes.  Still waiting for a RE2 remake...that's just me.

I always thought an HD remake of super mario bros would be nice too.  or maybe just HD remake of mario allstars.  I did enjoy POP in HD though.

icer67
icer67

Tbh, i think Fable HD is a waste of time, go make fable 4, we loved the Fables, and i think it be better to create something new, rather than try to squeeze us of our cash. Because i can think of a thousand ways to improve fable, so to me a hd remake is bs

bahamutdragons
bahamutdragons

I hate when developers make bullshit statements like "we didn't want to add anything because we wanted to keep the nostalgic experience."  We get it, you didn't have the budget to do it!  You don''t have to lie about this!

TheBlackSpeed
TheBlackSpeed

....Yeah.

Can we just get a new Black & White already?

buffaloblitz85
buffaloblitz85

Now I can 'clearly see' how truly overhyped this game was.  Are the trees still 'growing'  Molyneux?

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

Sucks it won't have any new content (was hoping for a small handful of new side missions, but oh well. Not a big deal) but at least we're getting the original game in all of it's original glory. Now give me a damn release date! >_<

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

Aw, no new content?  That's all I wanted though.  Especially if you could finally get an attractive wife besides Lady Gray.  Like Whisper or even Theresa.  Why did they have to make a girl that hot your character's sister.  That was totally uncool.  Then they did the same thing in Fable 2.  Thankfully by Fable 3 they learned their lesson and the cute redhead you meet at the beginning of the game (whether you're male or female) was your friend, not your sibling.


emperiox
emperiox

Exclusives should be against the law imo

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

Lady Gray in HD?


Sign me up!

MegaMannaMageM
MegaMannaMageM

This was truly a masterpiece despite all of the shortcomings promised by Sir Peter Molyneux. The subsequent sequels were... well let's just say they weren't as brilliant.

JustArtificial
JustArtificial

Glad to see the best Fable get a good HD remaster.

Now I want FF7, Star Fox 64, Ocarina of Time and Majora's mask. PORTABLE'S DO NOT COUNT!

maximo
maximo

@buffaloblitz85 

So you came to this page to basically complain about a series that you don't like and to tell everyone that you don't like it either

Sad

buffaloblitz85
buffaloblitz85

@saifssj6 Yes so everyone can enjoy the most over hyped and over rated game to come out in the past 20 years

GodOfSyn
GodOfSyn

@Janpieterzun 

There may be no replay value for Fable, but its still a solid game and story man

CerberusM
CerberusM

@Chai_Tea 

It's not Peter Molyneux' creation. Fable was created by Big Blue Box, which became one of Lionheads satellite programs during development of Fable, and then later merged completely with Lionhead.

anfunny
anfunny

@Chai_Tea A lot of them have admitted it. Just like V. van Gogh.

buffaloblitz85
buffaloblitz85

@icer67 you can 'think of a thousand ways to improve fable' , that my friend is a mark of a bad game.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@icer67 Fable HD is not a waste of time if this is the 1st game redone in HD.  I couldn't stand to look at Fable graphics as it had that original Playstation sort of graphics.  It hurt my eyes.  I would love to give this game a play again where my eyes didn't feel like they would bleed from playing.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@bahamutdragons

If that's what you think you must have just fallen off the turnip truck. Do you really want them to give Fable the "George Lucas treatment" and change things just for the sake of changing things? If it was a cheap cash-in, all they would have done is upscale the textures like the "HD" collections on the PS3 (Splinter Cell, Prince of Persia, God of War, Sly Cooper), Metal Gear HD Collection, or the Devil May Cry Collection. But they have reworked the game using a new engine and added some features while keeping the gameplay and story intact. 

furrynic
furrynic

@bahamutdragons

I think is even worse than that, they just want to make quick and easy money, and don't really want, to bother adding anything new.

gaming_binge
gaming_binge

@JustArtificial that and an HD remake of shenmue 1 and 2, packaged with SHENMUE 3 IF THEY EVER FUCKING MAKING IT ARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH

buffaloblitz85
buffaloblitz85

@maximo  So you came to this page to basically praise about a series that you love and to tell everyone that you love it also.

Don't really see the difference.  Apparently you don't think a little bit of different opinion is good.  What do you order on you pizza, cheese?  Where do you watch your news, Fox?  Give me a break. And for the record I came to this page because I have played the Fable series and there for can relate to it.  I guess now on no complaining is allowed or no negative feedback.  Your world is apparently filled with gumdrops and sprinkles.    Sad.

icer67
icer67

@DeViLzzz i mean, other than making everything look pretty they could improve combat, better story, and mostly, give the players more stuff to do. The cities, and stuff were greatly designed, but all the players really do is jst going from point A to B. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@vault-boy @Master_Turismo Well, graphical effects are not what makes an RPG good or not. If the original Fable didn't have other good features, then a more modern look won't make it much better, so there's no great loss for us PC gamers. Fancier looking games are always nicer than old dated ones, though, but no new gameplay seems to have been added, so it's just like a very ambitious graphics mod.

JustArtificial
JustArtificial

@gaming_binge @JustArtificial Right there with you. Shenmue could do with a Next-Gen sequel. It's more than possible, and if the creator of Shenmue WANTS a 3rd WHY IS IT NOT OUT YET?!

Hell, there's enough material to make 5 more games (3 included). It's a shame, seeing Ryo in SEGA All Star Racing, to be rubbed in the face by his lack of appearance everywhere.

Where's this HD remake, rumoured by IGN over a year ago?

buffaloblitz85
buffaloblitz85

@maximo  In layman terms, you want just praise and no criticism.  Just one sided comments are all that you want to see then? Is that simple enough for you?   :)

maximo
maximo

@buffaloblitz85 @maximo 

What are you talking about? 

Nothing you have said above makes any sense. 

I think you need to slow down and think before you put pen to paper. You seem to lack continuity in expressing your thoughts. Just calm down and get off the angry bird train.

Take a deep breath, think first and then put your thoughts down in coherent manner so that we can all make sense of them.