"great thing" about Albion, the world of the Fable series, is that it can support virtually any type of game, like a co-op adventure.
XBLA title Fable Heroes has just released. With it they focused on the "combat side and the feel of Albion" in their 4-player hack-and-slash arcade title. Could we see an RTS?
Maybe, but Lionhead aren't announcing anything. Peter Molyneux has now left as the studio's boss but the developer will still keep experimenting with new game ideas.
"The great thing about Albion, the part that I love so much about Fable, is that it can anything anyone wants it to be," declared Ted Timmins. "It would make great other games, I'm sure of it." The nature of Fable's fictional world certainly supports the idea for city building at least, with Fable III open to an RTS interpretation.
"I don't want to give a headline, because I'm just pulling out ideas, but it could make a fantastic RTS or Sim City-style game - it's just such a rich world with so many features." Why not let us manage a settlement, helping it to grow and flourish and ward off those pesky Balverine attacks?
"The great thing about Fable has always been that it's the sum of all its parts," he continued. "You have the simulation, the combat, the story and you could pretty much take any of those and extrapolate them out. We decided to take the combat side and the feel of Albion and turn it into a four player hack-and-slash. It can be anything you want it to be."
The studio that built Black & White and Fable won't give up on trying new crazy ideas. "Obviously, when someone of Peter's stature leaves there's always going to be a reshuffle as we work out what the next steps are, but as I said we want to create great games and whether that's a Fable game or a new one I can't say," Timmins remarked.
"What I love so much about Lionhead is that we have creative days where anything can come out. Fable Heroes came out of one last year and who knows what's going to come out this year?"
Check out thebetween Ted Timmins and OXM.
Fable's Albion can be "anything anyone wants it to be," like an RTS or 'SimCity'
01 May 2012 | By Simon Priest