Fable 3 announced (properly this time)

Fable 3 announced (properly this time)

More confirmations of worst kept secrets out of GamesCom, as Peter Molyneux officially announces Fable 3 (this time outside a wedding notice, or Twitter). Staying true to the world of Albion, Fable 3 will place the player as a ruler on the rise five decades after Fable 2, and of course involve a ultra-dynamic, super-revolutionary, totally-working-properly morality system to document it all. Here’s the lead off from the press release:

COLOGNE, Germany – 19 August 2009 – Alexander the Great. Genghis Khan. Queen Elizabeth I. Che Guevara. Throughout history, revolutionary leaders have taken very different paths to power, bringing about prosperity and poverty, peace and sometimes anarchy to their people. Now Microsoft Corp. and Lionhead Studios will explore the journey to rule, with you in pursuit of a kingdom, in “Fable III,” the exciting new game in the critically acclaimed “Fable” franchise. The title’s debut was confirmed today at GamesCom in Germany by Peter Molyneux, Lionhead’s creative director, and will be available exclusively on Xbox 360 in the 2010 holiday season.

So there’s at least another year until it’s release, if it stays on target.

The character the player controls in Fable 3 is going to be the child of the hero from Fable 2. To me, this would mean a great set up for a character rollover (a-la Mass Effect 2), to show what alignment your parent took. Or, you know, they might just cop out and make you one of the polygamist hero’s thousands of illegitimate offspring, who always got told that his daddy was a travelling salesman.

On the back of this announcement however, was the news that because “there are some who still have not experienced the magic and adventures that await them in Albion” Fable 2 is going to be cut up into episode sized chunks and sold over Xbox Live. First taste is free, too, like the best of gateway drugs. The episodes will contain the same achievements and DLC compatibility as the original, so as not to penalise the episodic players.

You can browse through the full press release here, the reveal trailer here and read all about the rest here.

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