Okay, so my last post was about Fable Anniversary and I was really excited for it, but now I’ve calmed down. I’ve played a bit of the original Fable and know how it goes. So I was breezing around on YouTube (again), looking at random recommended videos, when I found that IGN had uploaded a video 1 day ago. I had a look, and it’s title was Fable Legends – Announcement Trailer (watch the video here). When I saw the video I thought “Oh god, it’s a Fable MMO on. This won’t end well,” but this is not in fact true.
Fable Legends is an Xbox One exclusive game (as far as I know) in which up to four players can be heroes, and one can be a villain. Hero types are chosen with a class based system that we haven’t seen in Fable before. Your choices are limited in the way of character equipment and skills, and you don’t have a very wide weapon choice. To me, this feels very closed-off, especially for a Fable game, but I guess that playing as a hero isn’t the focus of this particular Fable. It’s the villain’s side of things.
Playing as a villain sounds really cool, and I am definitely hogging whichever smartglass device that is being used. Yes, unfortunately, it is unlikely you will be able to play as a villain without smartglass, but you can play other users’ levels, but you won’t be able to create your own. If you have smartglass, however, you will be able to control when enemies spawn, who they fight, and activate traps like doors and gates, so say there are three heroes are fighting through the dungeon and two are working really well together. You could separate the weakling and crush him, or you could split up the dynamic duo and end the one on his/her own. It’s all focused on strategy when playing as a villain. Your screen’s display is going to look like an RTS game map, on which you’ll be able to place traps, enemies, and so on. You can play the villain in a relaxed style, with pre-set load-outs being particularly aggressive or defensive or whatever, but you can play with a completely empty map if you want to.
IGN also made a What is Fable Legends video (check that out here), but all the information on there is in this article (more or less). Unfortunately, we have no idea when the game’s coming out. It is thought that the earliest release date possible is somewhere near December 2014, although Lionhead haven’t even given us a year yet. We can but hope, Fable fans!