You’ve gotta love Peter Molyneux. Whether or not you still harbor a grudge about the unkept promise that was Fable, you can’t deny that the man is incapable of giving a boring interview. Whether he’s writing off Rare, giving his game 9 out of 10 or just banging on about that bloody dog, he always has something interesting to say.
His recent interview with T3 is no exception. This time he’s comparing Fable 2 to Oblivion. “Well, Oblivion was a fantastic achievement… [But] you came out into that open world, and I just thought: “What the hell do you do now? And there was this huge, vast rolling story. To finish Oblivion would take sixty or seventy hours. Now for me, as a designer, if I hear ‘sixty or seventy hours’, then in my mind that is the equivalent of giving me a book that is twenty thousand pages long… Are you likely to finish a twenty thousand page book? No.
“So in Fable 2, the story lasts thirteen to fourteen hours and by the end of that story what you are like, what you look like and how the world treats you is completely up to you. If you want to be evil or good or kind or cruel, then that’s totally up to you… In Oblivion you were just a hero. You couldn’t do anything else, other than be a hero. In Fable 2, if you want to be a gigolo and go out and chat up everybody in the world, and have three wives (or ‘one in every port’) and have sex all over the place, then fine! Of course, you will have consequences to that. You might pick up a social disease.”
In summary then, Oblivion was good but a bit long. Fable 2 is shorter AND gives you Herpes. Lovely!