Molyneux pondering three more Fables

Lionhead chief planning extension of the Xbox 360 series, as well as possible sports, driving games.

Fable II was one of the more notable games on show at the E3 Media & Business Summit this year. The game, which has taken 150 staff three years to develop, is almost ready to see the light of day, according to Lionhead chief Peter Molyneux.

Talking to GameTrailers, Molyneux divulged that Fable II, due for UK release on October 17 (October 21 in North America), will not be the end for the Xbox 360 series. "We've got plans for Fable III, IV, and V, actually... It's a big story arc, and you can see that if you've played Fable II you'll recognise things from Fable."

Molyneux also hinted at what else may be in the pipeline for the Surrey-based outfit. "There is another project at Lionhead that we've been working on for quite some time. It's kind of the result of an experiment that went incredibly well, and we thought 'This has got to be a game,' and I can't say anything about it at all."

Although the industry heavyweight left details on that particular project rather thin, he hinted that a sports or driving game may also be in the works. "I've always been fascinated by challenges, and I've always said to myself 'Well, one day I really should do a sports game.' It's just simply because, you know, it seems such a genre which is just locked in stone... 'We know how we do sports games, we don't do them any other way,' and that is a real challenge to me. Same with things like driving games. I think those sort of games...what I want for a game that I do next is a really big challenge."

When contacted today, a spokesperson for Lionhead Studios declined to add further comments to Molyneux's statement. For more on Fable II, see our previous coverage.

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jack_bebbo
jack_bebbo

fable one i thought was my favorite rpg game and when i got my xbox 360 i was getting quite bored but fable 2 best game i have ever played in my life i hope you make fable three better. take your time plzzz i want the fable games to be known better than halo or GTA. hopefully fable 3 is better than 2 even if i don't know how you can inprove on it. P.S. i liked how Thresa was your sister in fable 1 and shes like your guild master in fable 2 plzz put something in fable 3 that was in fable 2.

John-08
John-08

if theyre followin a pattern. Fable1 awesome. Fable2 shocking. Fable3 probably abysmal so on .. mabye he will make things better, mabye not

Kilgorin666
Kilgorin666

And don't get me wrong, i have huge respect for these games. They are my favourite games, EVER. It's just fable 3, ok maybe. 4, i don't think so. 5 is pushing it. I'd just leave it at 2.

Kilgorin666
Kilgorin666

"We've got plans for Fable III, IV, and V, actually..." To be honest i'm sure fable II is as good as it's going to get. I'd quit whilst they are ahead. The franchise will be ruined with all those games. How much better can it get other than graphics since graphics are always improving? Fable III IV and V would be a waste of time really. And if they dare bring out a "Lost Chapters" for Fable II i won't be happy.

prisoner747
prisoner747

Revan... If YOU had any brain cells left you would realize the horrific irony of insulting pc owners by posting on the INTERNET on your COMPUTER. ...sheesh.

90086
90086

RevanXIII, the first Fable is on the pc too, you know. And I liked the pc version more than the xbox one. It's like that for a lot of games. Just because you can't run every game on max settings doesn't mean the pc's crap for games. At least you can fix it. If a game has problems on a console there's nothing you can do but pray for a patch.

RevanXIII
RevanXIII

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Crypto145
Crypto145

they should make a new sport that people in fable 2 watch, and let you import your fable 2 character(or whatever fable is out when this game is out) to the game and have him be your star player, and any munny you earn in the sports game you can import back over to the fable game like with pub games, it would really advertise that importing feature to people and mabye more video game companies will start doing it too

Scancho
Scancho

I would be the happiest guy alive if the best game creator alive made 3 more fables, but I can hardly imagine any ways to make fable even better.

KH2Freak2014
KH2Freak2014

If they will make Fable III IV and V for the 360 I'll be so happy. The only down side is if (in my opinion) if it took 3 years to make Fable II, how long will it take to make the other Fable games (if there will be any)

Jester6276
Jester6276

I think if Peter makes a fable 3, 4, & 5 that would be a great thing if he contiues to build on what he's started. Look at what he's done with fable 2 and if fable goes to the future time line we might see a fable world thats like a shadowrun world, troll with chain guns. That would be insane! Will just have to see whats in Peter's head and what new tricks he pulls out of his bag. Laser swords and Flaming shotgun anyone :)

bentom06
bentom06

last time it was a year, so it could be October 09 maybe? That is if it comes to pc (which it almost definitely will if it's a big hit)

tulipbros
tulipbros

Nar i dont agree. fable shouldnt be made into the present time its a game that has been made for swords monsters and questing and thats the way it should stay... and they could make some more fable games but they would have 2 make a kick ass story or no one would like the game.they would go bankrupt.

drdeez
drdeez

kwl i wonder how long it will be for it hits the pc any one got an idea

Asuran_Oberoth
Asuran_Oberoth

more fable games, awesome. I hope they continue advancing the times though, would be cool to play upto a age similar to the current times.

robert_rangersu
robert_rangersu

These games are amazing, I'd love to see more of them. Remember the first 2 are set in albion, they could always expand to other regions to keep it fresh. How about an oriental Fable? That would be interesting.

MetalCore84
MetalCore84

Everyone who is worried or does not think they should make III more fables should shoot themselves in the foot. Have a little faith in the Peter. Just look at how amazing Fable II just looks over Fable I!

Kman_13ayn_12
Kman_13ayn_12

im not sure if they should make fables all the way to 5, i think it mite ruin the game if they make a series thats TOO big, like what would they do for fable 5? would you be a present day or future hero or something? i dont know i really hope they dont do that i think it would be stupid.

agoodschool
agoodschool

I brought a 360 just for fable 2 but that was ages ago when the first realease day was announced. I own every lionhead game ... but not by purpose just cause their good games.. but I dont plan stopping now ... Bring on future games lionhead :=]

Jason90210
Jason90210

Well Heelequin85, I can practically guarantee that it will eventually be out on the pc. Both Fable and Fable: TLC went over to pc and did relatively well, so why not Fable 2 also?

ZeeAlien
ZeeAlien

The only thing i am worried about with the other fables is i hope they don't go to far into the future that would ruin the whole thing

Hellequin85
Hellequin85

Would be nice for them to release Fable II on the pc... might take more time for them to get round to it but would still be good.

Aurora268
Aurora268

this will b vry interstin lols. im a fable fan lols. peter is a genius and i hpe he delivers on the other fables cz its gna b quite a challenge for him and his team. i think he deserves a pat on the back for wat hes dne so far and we'll see wat the future brings for us and the fable franchise :).

quietguy
quietguy

So they plan to follow the model that Final Fantasy created.... What? The more, the merrier! I wouldn't be surprised if Fable VII becomes a smash hit. o.0

ps3thabest
ps3thabest

@09231991- what the hell are you talking about dammit? that doesnt mean all 360 games will just be for 360. it wont take much to make multiplatform games.

CaptinHairybely
CaptinHairybely

Lionhead studios are basically legendary! its like saying "up yours!" to EA " we're gonna do it our way!" rock on!

arfo
arfo

This game is great .if you play it ,you will be part of this world.

cooldude03
cooldude03

Fable was one of the best games on Xbox. Anything Molyneux touches turns into gold. I'm still waiting on B.C. Come on Lionhead it was announce at Xbox launch, we're now a few years into Xbox360's lifecycle time for B.C. to be reannounced, get on it.

korpdawg
korpdawg

Unbeliever!! Seriously though, he got over excited on the first one. Fable 2 will be epic.

Hum_Wha
Hum_Wha

Peter Never delivers on anything when you get fable and it has some nice things but is missing something you wish was there and ruins the experience you will understand too peter cant deliver what he promises. I would avoid anything he is involved with.

mjax211
mjax211

Keep. Them. Coming. And, @ Rocko666; that's insane. a game every 2 years, and that's the only difference? Could it also be that one is a sports game, and one is fable? I am jazzed for your prediction to be proven wildly wrong.

nappan
nappan

Fable V... well, at least he isn't overly ambitious... lol.

Niffirg6
Niffirg6

modern day-futureistc fables?

Gergroy_
Gergroy_

@Darkride66 Yes, if microsoft released their exclusives multiplatform those games would make more money for them, initially. Why do you think console makers don't make their exclusives multiplatform now? Because it would degrade the quality and apeal of their own consoles. By taking away exclusive games you no longer have something that the other consoles don't, making it a lot less likely that a potential customer would select that hardware when buying a console. It would be a disaster for microsoft and that is why they don't do it. I guess my point is that I don't see microsoft backing out of making gaming hardware anytime soon. At least for 2 or 3 more generations. I would welcome the event that the EA guy talked about a while back that would make it so there is only one gaming console on the market and it is licensed out kind of like dvd players are done, and all 3 console makers would support it, but i don't see that happening. Microsoft has made huge gains in their gaming department this generation, especially in north america. They may be failing in japan, but that doesn't mean they don't have a successfull business here. Anyway, thats my 2 cents. I'm done

bcviper
bcviper

as a huge fan of the first game i can honestly say that fable 2 looks to be the most boring rpg ive ever seen and look at what its competition is doing cough*fallout 3* cough

rockko666
rockko666

I predict a new madden, the only difference being that fable will come out every two years instead of one.

darkride66
darkride66

@ Gergroy_. You hit the nail right on the head. I don't think this is going to happen, but my point was that it's not outside of the realm of possibility. My posts were in response to all the posts claiming "Fable will never go to another console. NEVER!" I was just presenting another viewpoint. Never say never. I don't think the Fable will necessarily jump to another console anytime soon but the argument and financial lure of going multiplatform is certainly there. Release to the 360 and sell x number of copies. Release to the PS3 as well and you've almost doubled that number. Business is business and the day may come (or already be here) where MS might consider the prospect of making more money. Isn't that what it's all about?

SaberSpellSword
SaberSpellSword

yes! you can never get enough fable! And to think, they will only get better and better with each one!

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

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mattthebrown
mattthebrown

repyling 2 Gergroy_ they are a business, ur rite, but have u seen how much passion molyneux has about fable. i rekon he actually does love his dog. if there is going 2 b another fable it will be a labour of love and not "fable tag team racing".

maniksdi
maniksdi

I want them for PC . . that's all

Gergroy_
Gergroy_

@darkride66 "I personally don't think it's too much of a stretch that they may publish multiconsole games in the future. They're a business, first and foremost and that means they're in it for the money. At their current earnings level they might not break even this gen. Don't be surprised if MS starts to publish multiconsole titles in the future. Probably not likely " Now, lets look at the words you use here. It's not much of a stretch that microsoft will go multiplatform and stop making hardware. But yet you end with this scenario as being "probably not likely." Doesn't that mean you are making a stretch? when you are trying to say something might happen that "probably isn't likely?" Thats what it sounds like to me:)

Franke_51
Franke_51

should be released in north america first so i don't have to wait longer =(

NWA_31
NWA_31

Awesome. I love Fable. :)

GriffinLord602
GriffinLord602

BRING BLACK & WHITE 3! ... Omg I love those games :L... Just thought I might add :L LoL :P. Just to clear up.. One of the main reason to have exclusives, is because they want to differentiate themselves from the other consoles, then it helps people want to buy their console instead. If everything had the same games, how boring would that be :L. AIMED at darkride66 :P LoL

jazreal
jazreal

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