Microsoft has announced Fable Anniversary, which is basically the HD remake of the original game one Xbox, coming to Xbox 360 this holiday season. Details and inside.
Relive the Magic with Fable Anniversary for Xbox 360
Nearly a decade ago, Microsoft and Lionhead Studios took the gaming world by storm with Fable, a unique, fantasy role-playing game that gave players unprecedented freedom to make meaningful choices with permanent consequences.
Now, Lionhead Studios invites you to relive the magic with Fable Anniversary for Xbox 360, a modern remastering of the best-selling Xbox classic featuring stunning graphics, almost instant loading times, an all-new interface, Achievements, Xbox SmartGlass support and more.
“We’re really excited to bring Fable to Xbox 360,” said Ted Timmins, Lead Designer on Fable Anniversary. “It’s the game that the Fable community has been asking for, so we wanted to make sure Fable Anniversary delivered the definitive Fable experience for both long-time fans and newcomers to the franchise.”
In Fable Anniversary, you play as The Hero, an orphan whose destiny you shape through in-game decisions that influence not only his development as a hero, but the fate of the entire realm. In addition to Fable’s original storyline, Fable: Anniversary includes the expansion pack, Fable: The Lost Chapters.
Fable Anniversary uses the power Xbox 360 to bring Fable to life like never before. The graphics are substantially updated with new lighting, textures, models, facial and cut scene animations, and more, all in 1080p HD resolution. In addition, Fable Anniversary includes a new interface, save system and nearly non-existent loading times, making the immersive journey through the dangerous and mysterious world of Albion even more seamless.
Fable Anniversary also brings Achievements to Fable for the first time. “We’re doing something that’s not been done before,” said Timmins. “Fable has always been about choices and consequences, so we’re trying to put that into our Achievements.”
While Fable Anniversary introduces modern improvements, Timmins emphasized each one was designed to enhance a gameplay experience that remains true to its roots.
“It’s probably the hardest part of the job. We needed to keep Fable the same, but also make it different,” said Timmins. “It was a case of playing through the game over and over and writing down a list of the things we wanted to address in order to bring Fable to a 360 quality level that people expect.”
And of course you can still punt chickens. “There’s now a leaderboard for this,” explained Timmins. “So you can actually find out who the best chicken kicker in Albion is.”
Fable Anniversary launches only on Xbox 360 this holiday season.