This holiday season Lionhead Studios will release a high-definition re-mastered version of Fable: The Lost Chapters to Xbox 360. Fable Anniversary will use Unreal Engine 3 powered lighting system, updated visuals, textures, facial and cut scene animations powered with a new animation system and will feature Achievements for the first time.
The new teaser trailer, shown below begins with dozens of Tweets being directed at Lionhead Studios, begging for a HD version of the original Fable that concludes with a sinister shot of Jack of Blades announcing his return.
Lead Designer, Ted Timmins, talks a bit about Fable Anniversary in Major Nelson’s podcast and among the several hints dropped was about the new achievement system.
“Fable’s always been a bit about choice and consequence, so we’re trying to put that into our Achievements”.
Timmons is also quick to reassure us that the gameplay experience will remain true to the original while still being improved upon with a new UI, save system and substantially shorter loading times. Lionhead is also bringing SmartGlass integration that will offer a second screen for screen shots and a map among other features.
The original Fable was meant to be a game like no other with the player freedom to make choices that shaped not only themselves but the world of Albion. According to Dene and Simon Carter of Big Blue Box, a satellite studio of Lionhead, the game promised that:
The world would be a breathtakingly beautiful place filled with waterfalls, mountains, dense forests, populated with compelling and convincing characters with real personality, people who actually reacted to what you did. We wanted to give the player control of a hero who would adapt to the way they played, who would age, become scarred in battle, who could get tattoos, wear dreadlocks and a dress if the player was so inclined. We wanted each and every person who played our game to have a unique experience, to have their own stories to tell. And we called it ‘Thingy
The Fable series is known for its delightfully absurd and often punny humor that is often compared to a Piers Anthony style fantasy. The original game begins with the Hero as a child who lives in Oakvale and must aid enough villagers to earn money for his sister’s birthday gift. Things quickly go up in smoke from there but we won’t spoil it for the ones who haven’t played the game yet. But be prepared to spend a good deal of time in your underwear.
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