Lionhead's original Black & White core team's next project is "as close to revolutionary as anything I have ever seen" according to studio boss Peter Molyneux.
Speaking in an interview with Next Generation at GDC on Monday afternoon, Molyneux hinted that the secret new game would revolutionize in-game AI. Although he refused to be drawn on details he said, "In the six years since Black & White [was released] they have been working improving the great things that underpinned that game, and now they are getting pretty close to something that is very significant. It's a very big thing. A new franchise and as close to something revolutionary as I have ever seen. And we're close to announcing it."
Molyneux - who has a reputation for getting overly enthused about projects in their earliest stages - was supposed to be speaking exclusively about Fable 2 (check back here for the interview around Wednesday). But despite the protestations of his long-suffering publicity handlers he couldn't resist a detour on whatever the Black & White guys are up to.
"If you think back to the one thing about Black & White that was most fascinating, you'd have to say it was that creature that learned behavior and seemed, for a certain glimpse, to be alive. Imagine if you could take that and multiply it by a billion..." At this point Molyneux was firmly silenced by his publicist. But still, pretty interesting, especially if you're a fan of innovative Lionhead games such as B&W and Fable.
Some announcements about Fable 2 will be made at GDC later this week. Keep your eyes peeled.
Feb 19, 2008