Microsoft (and Michael Gambon) have announced a new chapter in the Fable series, headed exclusively to Xbox One. It's a prequel of sorts that takes players back to an age when heroes ran rampant throughout the world of Albion.
UPDATE: We're learning new details all the time.
Fable Legends will let players "return to a well-loved world of magic, humour and high adventure," promising more humorous characters and "exciting combat." It will be the first game in the series to offer four-player cooperative multiplayer. In singleplayer, you'll lead a party with three AI heroes watching your back.
Excitingly, players will be able to take a ride on the dark side with "new opportunities for villainy," which seems to suggest a new dungeon creation mode. "Instead of controlling a single character, you command the many creatures, traps, and environmental challenges that the Heroes must struggle to overcome," read the press release. You'll wield hordes of foes to crush other players, which sounds like fun to us.
"Using Xbox SmartGlass for your tablet or smartphone also enables several gameplay enhancing features," confirms a new post on Xbox Wire. "Heroes can use it to track game progress, learn more about quests, and more. As a Villain, however, you can use Xbox SmartGlass as a second screen for your Xbox One, allowing you to wage war against Hero players as you sit beside them in couch co-op."
- 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.
UPDATE 2: It will be powered by Unreal Engine 4. Expect shiny-ness.