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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Fable
Flaming Fowl Studios and Mediatonic are nearly finished prepping their upcoming collectible card game based on the Fable series. The studios announced that gamers will be returning to Albion on July 11 with the release of Fable Fortune. Players have the choice of six heroes to choose from to play against others in versus or together in co-op mode. The Alignment system also returns, shifting card-holding adventurers towards a path of good or evil. A Founder’s pack is currently on offer for $40 worth of in-game items, including 20 packs to open, for $14.99, while the game will launch as free-to-play later this year.
Microsoft made a number of announcements at this year’s gamescom. A few of which include the reveal of Halo Wars 2 for Xbox One and Windows 10, currently in development at Creative Assembly, Killer Instinct Season 3, and the addition of Shadow Complex to the backwards compatibility preview program. Speaking of which, Microsoft plans to have up to 100 Xbox 360 titles supported by the November launch. Other announcements included console bundles for Fifa 16 and Halo 5: Guardians, DVR for Over-the Air TV functionality for Xbox One (a subscription-free service, allowing for streaming and transferring between devices), two Halo 5 wireless controllers ($69.99 each), and a chatpad ($34.99). Details, screens, and movies for the games on display can be found below.
Lionhead’s Fable Legends will be a free-to-play release for Xbox One (Xbox Live Gold required) and Windows 10 PC, according to Microsoft. The game will feature regular rotation of heroes (four-character sets, with saved stats and heroes permanently attainable through progression or by purchase), earnable in-game silver but purchasable gold, the ability to lay traps, and the option of purchasing the allegiance of creatures. A FAQ was posted with additional details, and for the especially curious, a video with the game’s director, David Eckelberry, explains the development team’s design philosophy.
Fable is turning 10 years old. Wait … it’s almost a decade old? Suddenly my back and knees hurt…I feel…so old. On the upside, developer Lionhead Studios has dusted off the original and been giving it a new coat of paint, retooling the interface, adding SmartGlass integration, and packing in The Lost Chapters. MS revealed today that development has almost wrapped and that Fable Anniversary will be available for 360 on February 4. Additionally, Lionhead will also be giving away a special Head Avatar Helmet celebrating the anniversary and exclusive DLC for first-run buyers: a 5×5 code for the Launch Day Weapons & Outfits Pack. The drop, detailed below, includes five outfits and two weapons.
Microsoft’s E3 2013 conference focused on not only what’s in store for the upcoming Xbox One, but also what they have planned for the 360. The Xbox One was the star of the show, with titles from 343 Industries, Capcom, Crytek, Remedy, Respawn Entertainment, Turn 10 Studios, and Insomniac Games. Several of the system’s features were on display, including Game DVR, which allows gamers to record and upload in-game footage for others to download, SmartGlass interactivity for extra on their games as well as their friends’ activities, and social media integration.
The first of several planned video documentaries for Lionhead’s upcoming Fable: The Journey has been released. Set to launch October 9, The Journey is a Kinect-enabled adventure featuring a young Dweller named Gabriel, and his quest to free Albion from the spreading Corruption. Despite The Journey taking place 50 years after Fable III, Theresa returns for her fourth outing as she assists Gabriel on his quest.