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Fable Anniversary confirmed for Xbox 360

Update: Lionhead has confirmed plans to release Fable Anniversary, a remastered version of Fable: The Lost Chapters, on Xbox 360 later this year. The game promises to offer an HD graphical overhaul and achievements for the first time. Lead designer Ted Timmins said: “We’re really excited to be bringing a remastered version of Fable: The Lost Chapters to the Xbox 360. It’s been one of the biggest community requests as we know how much the fans love the original game.”

Original story: Lionhead has released a teaser trailer for a HD remake of Fable. Shortly after launching new Fable forums and less than a week before parent company Microsoft's E3 conference on June 10, the English studio wrote on Twitter today: "Now wouldn't it be silly to have a new forum but nothing new to talk about? Would a new teaser help?"

The tweet provided a link to the Fable teaser trailer above, which kicks off by showing numerous tweets sent to the studio calling for a HD remake of the first entry in the RPG series, which released in 2004, or the following year's Fable: The Lost Chapters, which included additional content. Fable’s chief antagonist, Jack of Blades, then appears to say: "I have returned after an eternity away from you all. Jack of Blades is back."

We said in our original Fable review: “It's easy to undermine Fable for all the things it hasn't delivered, but isn't it better for a developer to set its sights high and fall a little short than be satisfied with mediocre ambitions? Sure, the original design has been scaled back but the love and attention lavished on every tree and sunlight-dappled glade is extraordinary. Even if you took away the interaction with villagers, the marriage and the home-building, Fable would still emerge as a robust and absorbing RPG.”

Following the completion of Lionhead’s last release, October 2012’s Kinect game Fable: The Journey, Microsoft cut "less than ten per cent" of staff at studio. The platform holder also confirmed that production on Lionhead’s next projects had begun, and over the past year it has been speculated that the firm’s working on an RPG with MMO elements.

In April, Microsoft appointed ex-Cryptic Studios and Gazillion Entertainment CEO John Needham as boss of Lionhead, assuming the role studio founder Peter Molyneux left last year.

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  • ZeeCaptain - June 6, 2013 3:09 a.m.

    MS Criticism aside though, This is a nice release, Fable holds up and in my opinion is the best of the three, or four if you count that Kinect thing. IDK what it was, I just always like the whole magic boarding school thing, but besides that Fable one at least still has some wonder in it's world, the other two are too much about the industrialization of Albion etc... they get rid of the armor and the bows for guns and gimmicky master chief outfits.
  • ZeeCaptain - June 6, 2013 3:06 a.m.

    No MS you'r doing it wrong, you wait to release you console then rip us off with HD remakes of games we still have the disc for but they just don't work in the non-backwards compatible console of the future.
  • Sinsational - June 4, 2013 10:56 p.m.

    Look at that: a 360 game I actually care about. Too bad it came so late to the console's life, this isn't enough for me to buy a 360 now.
  • haxxoromg - June 4, 2013 7:04 p.m.

    ooooh this is one of those games i always wanted to get into but never did. nows my chance!
  • g1rldraco7 - June 4, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    The real question is is it a downloadable title or will be on discs?
  • supergiraffe - June 4, 2013 11:21 a.m.

    This is one of those games that I'm afraid to revisit. I loved it when I was younger, but the more recent games have led me to believe that it could all be nostalgia.
  • Bloodstorm - June 4, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    Aside from a bit clunkier combat system, I think it holds up fairly well.
  • Tulkastaldo - June 4, 2013 7:39 a.m.

    I am very excited. I found it easier somehow to be cataclysmically evil in Fable 1. I look forward to again hearing the townspeoples' pleas of "Please... DON'T DO THIS!" and getting cheevos for my trouble this time. Hopefully they're priming for a Fable IV set before Albion got all smoggy and full of firearms. (or after industry and firearms are outlawed)
  • Bloodstorm - June 4, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    Agreed. Albions rapid progression overtime to industry was a bit jarring.
  • Bloodstorm - June 4, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    That, and all the geography around Bowerstone (and the well established towns) changing drastically every game.
  • Tulkastaldo - June 4, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    Agreed, I appreciated the more open map in the sequels, but It's almost like they bulldozed Bowerstone, brought in landscapers to build new hills and such, and started over in between the games, even though to my knowledge bulldozers haven't been invented yet. I could stand to hear the guildmaster remind me that my health is low a little less, but like I said, this is a day one buy for me.
  • shawksta - June 4, 2013 7:18 a.m.

    An HD remake? With Lost Chapters and achievements? NICE Now here's my gripe, they said they are still caring for the 360, but that's going down the drain if Xbox one releases this year and it ain't Backwards compatible, Microsoft can't be drunk thinking we'll own both, otherwise My brother is gonna love this.
  • Bloodstorm - June 4, 2013 6:25 a.m.

    Wonder if it will be just a graphics overhaul, or a complete rebuild adding in some of the staples from the latter two games? Either way, it would be nice to play the original without its notorious crashing issues. It was the best Fable when it came to weapons and armor. Legendary weapons were just that, legendary.
  • Swedish_Chef - June 4, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    From what I've heard so far the textures/models have been updated, there's a new facial animation system, it uses Unreal 3 for the lighting and a lot of animations in cutscenes have been redone, there's new particle effects and a new save system. Even though Fable was a massive dissapointment when considering it's gigantic ambition it wanted to achieve it was still a great game, hell I loved it when it came out (to be fair I didn't know about the more ridiculous ambitious claims about the game when I first got it) so I got to experience it for what it was without the backlash, a really damn fun action-RPG.
  • Bloodstorm - June 4, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    Same. I borrowed Lost Chapters from a friends, at least a year after it's release, and knew almost nothing about it (I was a teenager and didn't keep up with game journalism then) so I didn't know how much of a 'disappointment' it was. I've been with the series ever since, though. Well, except Journey. I'm not into kinect games.

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