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Fable Legends Is No Longer a Thing

Alex FullerAlex Fuller Managing EditorRPGamer Staff
edited March 2016 in Latest Updates
Despite appearing to have life at last year's E3 and being in a closed beta, Fable Legends has been cancelled. Series developer Lionhead Studios will also be going with it.

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  • TheAnimeManTheAnimeMan Member Full Members
    Sad to see the company go down like that but I felt, upon seeing Fable Legends that they were trying the same thing 38 Studios had tried with Kingsdoms of Amalar. My wife will be sad that there is no more Fable as she really liked those games.
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  • Seifer267Seifer267 Full Members
    edited March 2016
    Anybody else really not surprised by this? Asymmetrical multiplayer is just so hard to pull off. And this game was too ambitious for its own good.
  • WheelsWheels RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    Surprised by its cancelation? Not really. Closing the whole dev down seems like a waste though. Whatever people may say about the Fable series, it was popular.
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  • Adriaan den OudenAdriaan den Ouden Δ Hidden Forbidden Holy Ground RPGamer Staff
    Wheels wrote: »
    Surprised by its cancelation? Not really. Closing the whole dev down seems like a waste though. Whatever people may say about the Fable series, it was popular.

    Yeah, but they haven't released a main entry in the series since Fable 3 in 2010. Since then it's been nothing but gimmicky spin-offs that I suspect probably did very poorly at retail. It doesn't surprise me at all, either.
    Maybe I'll log out and check my e-mail or something...
  • smacdsmacd Full Members
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  • 7thCircle7thCircle Proofer of the Realm RPGamer Staff
    Wheels wrote: »
    Surprised by its cancelation? Not really. Closing the whole dev down seems like a waste though. Whatever people may say about the Fable series, it was popular.

    I didn't understand why Lionhead didn't do like Ubisoft and turn this series into an annual cash cow. I think Lionhead tripped over its longstanding obsession with innovation, or executives were getting paid without results and had no motive to up the output. So many successful series in the PS3/360 generation became minimally improved, frequent releases to survive, and Fable would have worked great in that capacity. I wouldn't have bought a new Fable every single year, but it was popular enough that many would have.
    The lesson here is that dreams inevitably lead to hideous implosions.
  • VictarVictar Member Full Members
    It cannot possibly be common to cancel a game that has made it all the way to closed beta... can it? (Barring incidents of developer bankruptcy, that is).
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  • BudaiBudai Paladin Full Members
    edited March 2016
    I enjoyed the fable games. To bad.
  • WheelsWheels RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    7thCircle wrote: »
    Wheels wrote: »
    Surprised by its cancelation? Not really. Closing the whole dev down seems like a waste though. Whatever people may say about the Fable series, it was popular.

    I didn't understand why Lionhead didn't do like Ubisoft and turn this series into an annual cash cow. I think Lionhead tripped over its longstanding obsession with innovation, or executives were getting paid without results and had no motive to up the output. So many successful series in the PS3/360 generation became minimally improved, frequent releases to survive, and Fable would have worked great in that capacity. I wouldn't have bought a new Fable every single year, but it was popular enough that many would have.

    Honestly I think they could have done some cool things too, if they say let you carry your hero from game to game.
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  • Adriaan den OudenAdriaan den Ouden Δ Hidden Forbidden Holy Ground RPGamer Staff
    edited March 2016
    Wheels wrote: »
    7thCircle wrote: »
    Wheels wrote: »
    Surprised by its cancelation? Not really. Closing the whole dev down seems like a waste though. Whatever people may say about the Fable series, it was popular.

    I didn't understand why Lionhead didn't do like Ubisoft and turn this series into an annual cash cow. I think Lionhead tripped over its longstanding obsession with innovation, or executives were getting paid without results and had no motive to up the output. So many successful series in the PS3/360 generation became minimally improved, frequent releases to survive, and Fable would have worked great in that capacity. I wouldn't have bought a new Fable every single year, but it was popular enough that many would have.

    Honestly I think they could have done some cool things too, if they say let you carry your hero from game to game.

    Might be hard considering that the previous games have all taken part centuries apart, and also take place over the course of decades. Your hero would be like 500 years old after a few games. It would be cool if you could take on the role of one of your kids or grandkids, though. Apparently they played with that idea in Fable 2, where if you died, you took over as one of your kids, but it just encouraged people to have a buttload of kids as extra lives so they cut it out.
    Maybe I'll log out and check my e-mail or something...
  • TheAnimeManTheAnimeMan Member Full Members
    Well Fable 3 was actually directly after Fable 2
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  • Seifer267Seifer267 Full Members
    smacd wrote: »
    Seifer267 wrote: »
    Anybody else really not surprised by this? Asymmetrical multilayer is just so hard to pull off. And this games was too ambitious for its own good.

    I want to say "Nothing of value was lost". Except jobs. I really disliked Fable 2 and Fable 3, it all came off as Molyneaux promising a bunch of stuff that couldn't be delivered (maybe he should become a politician).

    Asymmetric multiplayer is a cool idea, but so far I haven't seen anything really that works in the digital world. If anything, the Wii U is a prime example of the failure of asymmetric multiplayer. Balance and enjoyment are even more tricky. The only thing I can think of where it works, is the relationship between DM and Players in D&D and similar games.

    Right. The job loss is the worst part. But, again, I almost feel like when you get into bed with Lionhead you have to see the writing on the wall...

    Glad you mentioned the wii u as a prime example of the balancing complexity of asymmetric multiplayer. Even Nintendo all but gave the idea up, only having New Super Mario Bros Wii U, Nintendo Land, and Mario Party 100000, as a memorable examples with less that profitable success.
    I was leaning towards Evolve as an example (currently it is 9.99 brand new on amazon... how the mighty fall),.
  • Adriaan den OudenAdriaan den Ouden Δ Hidden Forbidden Holy Ground RPGamer Staff
    Well Fable 3 was actually directly after Fable 2

    Yeah, But Fable 2 takes place over half a century lol
    Maybe I'll log out and check my e-mail or something...
  • TheAnimeManTheAnimeMan Member Full Members
    omegabyte wrote: »
    Well Fable 3 was actually directly after Fable 2

    Yeah, But Fable 2 takes place over half a century lol

    500 years later actually
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  • Adriaan den OudenAdriaan den Ouden Δ Hidden Forbidden Holy Ground RPGamer Staff
    omegabyte wrote: »
    Well Fable 3 was actually directly after Fable 2

    Yeah, But Fable 2 takes place over half a century lol

    500 years later actually

    I meant the game itself takes place over the course of 50 years. The in-game time is literally half a century. Starts when you're 10, ends when you're 60. Fable 1 was the same way, but I don't remember if Fable 3 took the same length of time or not...
    Maybe I'll log out and check my e-mail or something...
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