Molyneux talks Fable MMO

Former Microsoft creative director says there's no reason an MMO set in Albion shouldn't do "reasonably well."

Peter Molyneux, outspoken former Lionhead Studios boss, has commented on the possibility of a Fable MMO. Speaking with IGN, he said the idea is nothing new.

"When we were brainstorming what to do next in Fable, there was always a, 'Maybe we should go and do the MMO route?'," Molyneux said. "There were theories about how you would level up and class up and what the classes would be and so on, but we never got out of the brainstorming segment of that."

Molyneux explained that a Fable MMO could work "quite well" if the "charm" of the series--that being the world of Albion and its humor--were kept intact.

"I can see that that would work. The thing about Fable is that it was such a rich world. It was, well, what the name says it is. It’s all about Fable and Albion and this idea of legends and humour. RPGs are great for MMO transitions," Molyneux said.

"I can see that that concept works, and works quite well. I think the charm of Fable was in the feeling of the world and definitely the humour," he added. "If they keep that in an MMO, then there’s no reason why it shouldn’t do reasonably well, I don't think."

Lionhead Studios hired MMO veteran John Needham last month to replace Molyneux, who left the company in March 2012 to create independent studio 22 Cans.

Needham was formerly the CEO of Marvel Heroes developer Gazillion Entertainment, and before that City of Heroes maker Cryptic Studios. He's also been chief financial officer at Sony Online Entertainment.

Lionhead Studios' most recent title was the Kinect-exclusive Fable: The Journey. The studio currently has no announced games, though it has been hiring for a next-generation MMO-like game since May 2012.

Late last month, the company posted a job ad for a senior services engineer, who should have a "passion for playing online/multiplayer/MMO games."

Microsoft will announce its next-generation ambitions during a intimate event in Redmond, Washington on May 21.

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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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DGWTF
DGWTF

Just rewrite the last two Fable games.

Freakin' magic gauntlets.

Evilnator
Evilnator

Great! I've always wanted to fart into another player's face.

ImpliedBunny
ImpliedBunny

This guy is seriously obsessed with Fable... it's over, move on....

Nodashi
Nodashi

Wow, after the failures in Fable series he wanna do a MMO? This guy is delusional, I even feel bad for him :(

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

Didn't brainstorm that hard if all they ended up with was copying other RPG's and going MMO.

valdarez
valdarez

Bleh - You fooled me with Fable 1, and then again with Fable 2.  I didn't buy Fable 3 or the Fable Kinect game, and I wouldn't even consider looking at a Fable MMO.  What a joke.

Tribesmaster
Tribesmaster

Fable MMO would have been terrible, just like the other fable games.

KaptenHaddock
KaptenHaddock

Molyneux, you need to stop. MMO's are dying and dull/repitetitive/broken as fuck, make a real Fable and leave all these heretical thoughts behind. Don't stain the Fable-franchise with another generic hotkey-simulator...


Fable 4 - Make it, with real effort put into a PC-version. The fans want this. I know you probably don't have much influence on Fable anymore - But good luck, son.

smoothness33
smoothness33

Are we asking Peter's opinion on whether a Fable MMO would do well or not?  Wasn't he the one who marketed Fable 3 as one of the most exciting games ever because you could hold hands with NPCs?  Of course he will think a Fable MMO will do good; you could hold hands with the world!  There will also be twice as much food to eat so I can get buff or grow fat.  Talk about deep, engaging game play.

Zheph
Zheph

This article makes me very sad. Big companies have all these human resources at their disposal, and they choose to continue to make mediocre games. No one's bold enough to step out and break new ground, or (excepting a few) bring us new IP.

"If they keep that in an MMO, then there’s no reason why it shouldn’t do reasonably well, I don't think."

The tone of this just sounds like they think they could make some money building an MMO off their pre-existing world and lore. The mentality going into a game shouldn't be that it could "do reasonable well", it should be "this game has the potential to be amazing".

xGr4ffitix
xGr4ffitix

I don't mind making a game multiplayer, but turning it into an MMO just seems a little..Bleh. You don't feel as accomplished with an MMO as you do a single/multiplayer game. For example, you're on an MMO and you say "Hey! I can't believe it! I just beat this epic dragon boss!" Then someone says "Oh I beat it 8 times on my main." Lol, that'll just make you feel like what you did was pretty pointless. But, if you're doing it alone, or with a tiny group of friends, like Borderlands or something, you can say "Man, it took us forever, but we finally beat that boss! And did you see the loot from it? Awesome!" And everyone will happily high-five or whatever and leave it at that. Don't get me wrong, I love MMO's. I played Warcraft, Champions, DOMO, and all that sort of stuff, but turning a game that FEELS like a single player game, into a massively multiplayer one, just seems awkward. I don't know. Elder Scrolls MMO seems pretty cool, so I guess I can't knock it til' I try it. I just still don't like how Peter Molyneux leads us on. He's got a silver tongue. He can make you believe anything is amazing and possible, only to give you a crappy version of his promises later on.

genjuroT
genjuroT

Stop this madness and make Black&White 3.

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

I can see it being good, but doubt it would. 

feleas
feleas

Let me get this straight? The game's grown steadily worse with each new installment despite new content and mechanics in each one, and they think it's a "good" idea to make the gigantic leap to MMO status? WHO'S MAKING THESE BUSINESS DECISIONS?!

lbryson8
lbryson8

The only thing I have to say about fable is Darnasian sucks... I dont know if those two relate but my point stands

Gonefishing95
Gonefishing95

With each Fable, it has gotten a little worse :/ Fable 1 was by far the best 

Polygon_Pariah
Polygon_Pariah

I just can't get excited about anything Molyneux does anymore.  Every Fable game he said it'd be the most innovative and amazing thing ever. That it'd be revolutionary.  Then it ended up just being another action RPG.

Vambran
Vambran

MMO's are okay i guess. But i prefer to play games on my terms with out dealing with other players to see all the content.

Soleride
Soleride

Fable Lost Chapters and Fable 2 if its like those then cool if its anything like Fable 3 then you can kiss my money good bye 

DarthSithari
DarthSithari

Molyneux you half-wit! We don't want more Fable! WE WANT THE OLD STUFF YOU DERANGED TWIT!!

emerin76
emerin76

If it's made, Mr Molyneaux will have nothing to do with it.  He has no ties to Lionhead/Microsoft anymore.

Darnasian
Darnasian

I'm a big Fable fan , Fable: The Lost Champters being one of my favorite RPGs , but even I think this is a stupid idea. Considering people weren't that happy with the last couple of Fable games , they should just focus on making a great comeback , not to cash in on this MMO craze.

Every franchise has a MMO nowadays.

saifssj6
saifssj6

wish they read users comments.Fable was amaing!!!fable 2 was good...in fable 3 it felt like they gave up on the game...and no need to get started on fable:the journey.thing is,potential is there..the effort is not.and seriously do not  make the mmo..it will be another game just ruined...sure it is a great idea..but i am 100%sure they will ruin that to

jasopan
jasopan

Oh for gods sake, just bring back Fable to it's roots - The Lost Chapters. That game was amazing.

Meteor7
Meteor7

And so the cycle continues, a company is possibly deciding to make a MMO instead of a normal game. It happend with SWTOR and it's going to happen with TESO.

lightrade
lightrade

@DGWTF  

 Ugh I hated that, Fable 1 had the best system and the best magic.  The magic in the other 2 were useless unless charged, and they were boring aside for the light swords.  

 

longestsprout
longestsprout

@KaptenHaddock 

Ummm? As the article says, he doesn't work at lionhead anymore. He won't be involved with fable games again.

rocketsatdawn
rocketsatdawn

@xGr4ffitix I don't know. I think that it would have to do something different to the other MMORPGs in order to do well. That or be free to play. I think it would still have the same effect if they did it right though. think about in Guild wars 2. You can go and fight a dragon with a massive group of people, or you could go and do a dungeon which has difficult bosses and they are capped to only five people, so it can be one hell of a challenge. I did a dungeon a couple days ago  in a molten weapons facility with my mates. Took us nearly an hour to defeat the bosses at the very end. It was epic.

valdarez
valdarez

@Gonefishing95 Amen. It's like they lost sight of everything.  Character aging as you play.  Gone.  Open / dynamic RPG.  Gone.  Fable 1 was truly the best Fable, and the story of Fable being the best, most dynamic, open, RPG ever created... well... it's just a fable.

Polygon_Pariah
Polygon_Pariah

@Vambran 

you just gotta find the right group of people.  I can't stand playing with random people either.

Vambran
Vambran

@Polygon_Pariah @Vambran  

Even if you find the right group of people , your fun revolves around when they can play , not you.

Maybe if i was still a kid with no job this would not be a problem but free time is hard to come by now.

Darnasian
Darnasian

@Polygon_Pariah

No , I have no idea what "they" say about people who assume and franckly I don't care. Not to even mention I'm European.