Lionhead Studios not only released a new trailer for their online co-op multiplayer action RPG Fable Legends, which you can watch above, but also had a short live stage demo during Microsoft’s E3 Conference. Fable Legends is quite similar to Phantasy Star Online rather than the traditional Fable games and the stage demo showcased Fable Legends’ multiplayer, including playing as the villain. Unfortunately they didn’t demonstrate the Kinect 2 voice commands which can be used if playing as the villain. You can watch the stage demo below:
Lionhead have also published the following new FAQ:
FABLE LEGENDS FAQ
WHAT IS FABLE LEGENDS?
Rediscover The Magic of Fable
Return to Albion, a picturesque land full of thrilling stories, exciting combat, and high adventure. It’s no surprise that millions of players have visited and adored the welcoming countryside of this once upon a time storyland. “Fable Legends” brings you to a place where history, myth, and folklore are practically the same thing. Of course you’ll also find monsters, villains, and even the occasional disaster, but you shouldn’t take it too seriously. Albion is a unique fantasy land where epic, tragic, and comedic stories all combine for a one of a kind experience.
New Ways to Play the Hero
In “Fable Legends”, you’re never completely alone. You can play the game single player, with a party of three heroic AI companions that follow your lead through stories and adventures. Or you can play cooperatively with up to three friends and discover the game’s quests and content together. Play whatever style you want, when you want. After all, you’re the Hero. And just what kind of Hero you choose to play is up to you. “Fable Legends” takes you back to a time when Albion is teeming with Heroes, so there’s bound to be one for you. Fearless warriors. Cunning tricksters. Masters of Will. Paragons of virtue. Heartless mercenaries. Intoxicated brawlers. Chicken chasers. They’re all here, and many more besides. You’ll be able to customize your abilities, alter your appearance, and advance your Hero by earning experience and finding new armour, weapons, and treasures.
Or Is Evil Your Thing?
Fable has always presented opportunities for mischief and villainy, and in “Fable Legends” we’re going to offer a way to play the bad guy as never before. The Villain player takes control of the many creatures, minions, traps, and environmental hazards that Heroes must overcome. Villain play combines elements of strategic decision making and tactical control. When those pitiful Heroes enter an area, you’ll choose which minions are sent into battle and where to place these creatures to maximize their effectiveness. Once the fight begins, you issue the orders for your creatures to execute: telling them where to go, which Hero to attack, and what abilities to use to ensure your evil plans come to fruition.
WHAT IS THE SETTING FOR “FABLE LEGENDS”?
Fable Legends welcomes you back to the fantastic land of Albion, home to the previous Fable games. Lived out in an eternal “once upon a time”, Albion is a fairy tale world where history, legend, and folklore are practically the same thing. So it’s no surprise that millions of players have visited and adored its welcoming countryside. Albion is a place full of action, humour, and opportunity. Of course you’ll find monsters, villains, and even the occasional disaster, but you shouldn’t take any of it too seriously. Albion is a land of fun and light-hearted adventure for you to lose yourself in. Enjoy the shining green fields, the silly accents and the occasional proposition from an “attractive” villager.
CAN I PLAY FABLE LEGENDS AS A MULTIPLAYER EXPERIENCE?
Yes. You can play with other people in a four-player cooperative experience. Your party could be all human players, or a mix of players and AI-controlled Heroes. You can switch easily between single player and multiplayer styles of play whenever you decide, or when a friend signs on. During a quest, you can elect to battle a human or an AI Villain. As a Villain, you can challenge parties of human players, AI opponents, or mixed groups. After all, as a mastermind of evil, you’re ready to swat aside any adversaries.
CAN I PLAY FABLE LEGENDS AS A SINGLE PLAYER EXPERIENCE?
Yes. In Fable Legends, you can enjoy all of the game’s content in a single player experience.
WHO IS THE HERO IN FABLE LEGENDS?
That’s for you to choose. Fable Legends takes you back to a time when Albion was teeming with Heroes, so there’s bound to be one for you. Fearless warriors. Cunning tricksters. Masters of Will. Paragons of virtue. Heartless mercenaries. Intoxicated brawlers. Chicken chasers. They’re all here, and many more besides.
When Albion is only just learning what a Hero can be, no would-be Hero can stand alone. It is important to consider the mix of Heroes you take with you on your next quest. Do you recruit the dashing swordsman? If you like your swordplay elegant and lightly powdered, you’ll have no trouble finding your prince charming. But if you’re more man-o-war than manicure, you’ll find grizzled archers and lone wolves forced to adapt to life with the pack. Of course, in this period of Albion’s history there is an abundance of magic. Some Heroes manipulate the world using the power of Will to make Albion a better place (or just fancy setting part of it on fire). You could round off your group with a stalwart defender, ready to lead from the front and better things into the ground. Heroes like these represent a small sample of what Albion has to offer you. Whichever Heroes you choose to bring along on your adventurer, you’ll need to work together and fight hard if you want to create a Legend.
HOW DO I PLAY AS A VILLAIN?
Playing as a Villain in Fable Legends combines elements of strategic decision making and tactical control. When those pitiful Heroes enter an area, you’ll get to choose which minions will be sent into battle and where to place these creatures to maximise their effectiveness. Once the fight begins, you can issue orders for your creatures to execute: telling them where to go, which Hero to attack, and which abilities to use to ensure your evil plans come to fruition.
WHEN IS FABLE LEGENDS GOING TO BE RELEASED?
We are happy to be able to announce that the game is in development, but we aren’t yet able to announce when Fable Legends will be available. The development team is hard at work building characters, creatures, quests, and everything we need to bring Albion back to life. Our multi player beta will be arriving in the Fall, so be sure to sign up at www.fablelegends.com.
WHAT PLATFORMS WILL FABLE LEGENDS BE AVAILABLE ON?
Fable Legends will release on Xbox One.
The Fable Legends Beta will be available for Xbox One on Xbox LIVE this Autumn and you can sign up here: http://www.fablelegends.com/betasignup, although there isn’t a release date for the final game yet. Kinect 2 will be supported with voice commands when playing as the villain and Lionhead have also previously mentioned possible Kinect 2 support in pub games and other mini-games, although there was no mention of those during E3 unfortunately.
Source: The Official Xbox YouTube Channel, Fable Legends website