Fable Anniversary Release Date Announced UPDATE

By Jonathan Barnes, 5 years ago
UPDATE: The Xbox News team also posted a nice Q&A with Craig Oman or Lionhead. Here it is in its entirety:

X - We're definitely excited to go back to Albion, but why did the team decide to remake a game that's almost a decade old?

CO - The original Fable is a very special game to many of our fans and we decided to remake it for them. They constantly sent us messages on Facebook and Twitter asking for remake and with the 10 year anniversary coming up we thought the timing was right.

X - What's the first thing fans who played the original "Fable" will notice about the new version of the game?

CO - Apart from how good everything looks, I think the first thing the fans will notice is that it still feels like the same game and that was very important to us. We wanted to add fidelity to the world and to the characters without changing the core experience.

X - Did the development team have to overcome any particular challenges in bringing the game from the original Xbox to the Xbox 360?

CO - One of the most challenging aspects was just dealing with the sheer complexity of the original game. There are many systems running throughout the game dealing with everything from player morphing to the NPC AI, all of which were combined with the main Gold and Silver quests and the even more challenging random Bronze quests. We spent a lot of time making sure that all of this was still working just like it did in the original.

X - We've heard there's a new save system that's been designed specifically for "Fable Anniversary". Could you tell us a bit about what's changed?

CO - We brought the save system up to more modern day standards. The original game had a ‘World Save’ when you were not on a quest and very confusing ‘Hero Save’ for when you were on a quest. The major problem being that you couldn’t save your progress during most of the quests, so if you died or had to switch off the console you would lose all of your progress. We changed all of this so you now have checkpoint saves when you are on a quest to automatically save your progress and you can create a manual save at any point in the game.

X - It sounds like there are a lot of new weapons and items in "Fable Anniversary". What's your favorite? Are there any weapons that longtime fans will recognize from other games?

CO - The new Will Staff is a firm favorite for us. If you are like some of the guys in the office and you try to play the game only using magic, there was never really a weapon that made sense for you to carry around. But now you can carry around a bad-ass staff (or a lute?!).

X - Did you know from the start of the development process that you wanted to include content from "The Lost Chapters"?

CO - “The Lost Chapters” is very much the definitive version in our mind, so there was never any doubt for us. How could we possibly recreate this game without including the awesome boss fight at the end of “The Lost Chapters”?! #SPOILERS

X - There are some really cool SmartGlass features in the game. Which do you think the community will appreciate and use the most??

CO - SmartGlass is a very exciting technology for us and it has been the main way for us to add extra detail and information to the game without modifying the original design. Fans of the original game will really enjoying reading the character bios as they play through and learning even more about everyone’s backstory. In every region you can also check out screenshots from the original game to see exactly how far we have pushed the visual quality since the original.

Gamers everywhere were saddened when Fable Anniversary was delayed into 2014. Fortunately, that news has now come full circle, as Lionhead is ready to announce the NEW release date for their HD remake of the Original Xbox classic.

Your deja vu trip to Albion will be starting on February 4th in North America, February 6th in Asia, and February 7th in Europe.

But wait... there's more!

Lionhead has decreed that the game's First Edition copies will include BONUS CONTENT. Each First Run copy will contain a 5x5 code for the Launch Day Outfits & Weapons Pack which will all be packaged up in a shiny, slip-on embossed case. The full pack contains:

* Scythe’s Outfit
* Black Graduate Outfit
* Red Prophet Outfit
* Blue Guard Outfit
* Red Guard Outfit
* Lute Weapon
* Will User’s Sceptre Weapon
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Lionhead is also including a code for a very special Avatar item.
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Lionhead has said that all pre-ordered copies of Fable Anniversary will have this content but that supplies are limited to the initial print run of the game, so get it early if you want the digital goodies.

Finally, Lionhead has also released two new comparison screens showing off all of their HD wizardry.

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Fable Anniversary is set for release on February 4th in North America, February 6th in Asia, and February 7th in Europe.
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.