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Fable: The Journey
Top Fable Staff Members Depart Lionhead to Form New Studio
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Several key members of the Lionhead staff behind the Fable franchise and the co-founders of Big Blue Box - which was subsequently sold to Microsoft and Lionhead - have departed the Fable developer to form their own studio called Another Place Productions.

Fable creators and Blue Box co-founders Dene and Simon Carter will head up Another Place Productions, bringing on board veteran Lionhead devs including Fable Art Director John McCormack, Technical Director Guillaume Portes and Executive Producer Jeremie Texier. All are founding members of the new studio.

Another Place Productions aims to "create high-quality, meaningful experiences that will inspire audiences worldwide", focusing on digital platforms including the Xbox Live Arcade. Meanwhile, Lionhead continues work on its first Kinect title, Fable: The Journey, which is scheduled for release later this year.

[Via GamesIndustry.biz | Thanks, Nozza]




 
 

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Comment #1 by UltimateBane32
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 10:05:37 AM
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I wish them best of luck in the future endeavors...


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Comment #3 by I SaMsTeR I
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 10:08:00 AM
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@2

How about I don't think you should've been born?
Star


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Comment #4 by Kaskade
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 10:10:44 AM
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Guess they just got tired of Peter M's utter lies and broken promises


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Comment #5 by IceBlox
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 10:11:29 AM
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@2 yea you were not first to comment


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Comment #6 by Clarky08
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 10:11:29 AM
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Not holding much hope for Kinect Fable but fingers crossed, I did enjoy the Gun stringer. Just hope Fable isn't on rails. As for the new team, best of luck. Any studio that vows to make high quality games gets my blessing as opposed to milking a cash cow with annual releases. Perhaps they weren't happy with the direction Fable 3 was pushed and hence wanted to start on their own.

#2 Fail straight away. And we know how the thumbs systems works and thumbs down still means your a moron.


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Comment #7 by WonderCaliban
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 10:13:27 AM
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There will still be a Fable 4 right?

I hope so, they might not have been all that was promised, but they were still great games.


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Comment #8 by resevil239
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 10:23:36 AM
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@7 With how stripped down Fable 3 was from Fable 2 (and I've heard Fable 2 was from Fable 1) If they make 4, it will probably have zero or close to zero RPG elements. You'd think that with RPG elements so popular in so many games, devs wouldn't feel the need to throw out so many of them to "appeal to a larger audience" or whatever similar reason they give.Fable 3 was fun, but some one, it didn't even have an inventory! How could that possibly appeal to someone? Not being able to find items you just bought could only be frustrating.


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Comment #9 by Red XIII
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 10:26:04 AM
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Not surprising, probably got fed up of Peter Molyneux's dumb everything down bullshit


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Comment #10 by Arron114
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 10:34:14 AM
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They probably played Kingdoms and heard the voice of Jim Bowen saying , "heres what you could have won"


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Comment #11 by Luis Ownz
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 10:37:28 AM
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Am I the only one here that truly enjoyed each Fable experience? Regardless of P Molyneux's lies? Sure I was dissapointed in how stripped down each game was but I still had fun. Im not interested in Fable: The Journey because I'm not much of an on-rails fan (Although I LOVED The Gunstringer. Definitely one of the best Kinect games out there). But I do hope Lionhead and Peter learn from mistakes in past games and make Fable 4 a lot more RPG oriented and awesome.


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Comment #12 by Arron114
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 10:40:55 AM
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@11 Dont let peter hear you say the "on the rails" word. He will eat your soul.

http://www.xbox360achievements.org/news/news-8674-E3-2011--Molyneux-Made-a--Horrendous-Mistake--During-Fable--The-Journey-Demo.html


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Comment #13 by Damodar Thade
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 10:56:34 AM
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Hopefully they can do some great work now they are out on their own, the fable franchise started off well and just went to shit thanks to peter and his madness


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Comment #14 by strawberry
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 11:01:20 AM
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It was expected. Fable games have been getting more dumbed down after each iteration.


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Comment #15 by AgentOrange330
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 11:02:13 AM
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After playing Kingdoms of Amalur I could care less if another Fable comes out. It'll just be another Molyneaux hype fest that will release with 20% of what they said would be in it. I loved how in Fable 2 and to some degree Fable 3 it didn't matter if you were using a sword, hammer, cleaver, etc. the attack animation was always the same. Then Fable 3 comes out with the worst in game map of all time. That thing was an absolute train wreck. Its the whole fool me once thing and Peter Molyneaux has fooled me enough times to not give a crap about the Fable series. In Fable 3 they wanted us to care. Well, I couldn't care any less...


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Comment #16 by Problemo
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 11:10:23 AM
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"create high-quality, meaningful experiences that will inspire audiences worldwide"

So not Fable then.


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Comment #17 by ViolentCabaret
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 11:22:40 AM
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Sounds like some shit went down and they got out. Good for them. Always interested to see what new studios come up with, even if it is just a couple guys getting away from the bad apples of their former jobs.


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Comment #18 by DarthTrakd
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 11:35:45 AM
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Fable was always a great game, didn't really like the transition from 1>2 but 3 way alright, but to be honest after all the .... lets say nonsense, that molly-boy comes out with it's not hard to seem them picking up sticks and throwing them at him as they run away, lol. but I hope they do some awesome stuff and so does P, mostly in the form of LISTENING TO HIS AUDIENCE!!!!


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Comment #19 by Killerchronic
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 11:39:10 AM
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@2 Epic EPIC FAIL PMSL

Did not see this coming, didn't realise the devs felt so badly about the move, kinda a shame they are moving to digital only with the new studio though, if its the top devs they should def be in the bigger market.

I have to be honest, having finally got around to finishing fable 3 (had it since almost release and just never got into it :s) i am interested in what this spinoff studio does. Fable i believe has already outlived its lifespan now, this kinect one is ridiculous, talk about jumping on the bandwagon.


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Comment #20 by Rodeo Legend
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 11:40:27 AM
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@18, I'm with you 100%. I will watch the studio with interest.


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Comment #21 by JDAckers
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 11:48:34 AM
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So they sold out the Lionhead, and then left. I bet they made a bucket load there.


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Comment #22 by Ceejus
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 11:54:59 AM
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Lmao @ how many people actually thumbs downed #2.


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Comment #23 by Xero Shinobi
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 12:22:46 PM
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I could see this coming, but I find it sad...

The future of Fable looks dim


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Comment #24 by Leynat
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 12:42:24 PM
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Letss hope they can design something with the quality and fun that the original Fable had.


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Comment #25 by XxMayhemxX
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 12:44:37 PM
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the last oxm mag had a small tidbit that their was a rumor that Lionhead was hiring for a possible Fable mmorpg(speculation... hmm i wonder if this story changes that story... no more Fable mmo.. perhaps these fellas were not intrigued by a Kinect Fable game.. and decided to move on...

@22 LMAO got to love a lil backwards psychology... either way #2 is a tool... yes #19 lol lmao...


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Comment #26 by Opiate42
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 01:07:53 PM
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So are these the guys responsible for the 10% of the Fable games that were fun or the 90% that was complete boring tripe?


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Comment #27 by Dr Popodopolus
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 01:53:09 PM
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Nice logic #26, considering there were 3 games. It would have to be 33%.


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Comment #28 by zerdarkangel
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 02:22:29 PM
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@#11 Don't worry I loved fable too, the only reason why i got 360 in the first place.

Fingers crossed for fable 4 to be like the first two and maybe even longer. No matter what I'll get every fable game, besides it's all about fun anyways last time I had fun recently with a game as much as fable would be Deus Ex and Demon/Dark Souls.


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Comment #29 by ash356
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 02:35:07 PM
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Good, after Fable 3, which remains my biggest disappointment EVER, Lionhead was looking like it had lost its touch.
Be interesting to see how their new studio does :)


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Comment #30 by deano ward
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 02:50:37 PM
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"meaningful expriences" thats a dig isnt it. lol.


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Comment #31 by cheevo360
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 03:23:02 PM
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I don't care about this, as I really disappointed with Fable III this is epic failed unlike they did well with Fable 1 and 2. I will wait for Fable IV not that kinect title "ouch".


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Comment #32 by LeeJ2512
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 03:57:25 PM
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I really wanted Fable 4 :/


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Comment #33 by Smurfboy
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 05:43:27 PM
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I am interested in the new Fable with Kinect. A lot of people seemed to be turn off by that but I can't wait to try them out. I'm an open-mind person. ;)


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Comment #34 by francisrossi
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 07:05:28 PM
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If they're making experiences, I'm not overly bothered. If they want to make some games though, then I'm in.


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Comment #35 by ScottlinDLR
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 07:25:58 PM
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Idk I don't really agree with the fact that the next Fable game is going to be on Kinect. It's almost as if they are alienating the non Kinect crowd when making this decision. I just hope it will be supported as a normal Xbox game with a controller.

Mean while in regards to the actual topic. I don't know what to expect from this departure, but I hope that the Fable franchise doesn't get destroyed in the process. Only time will tell though.


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Comment #36 by mjc0961
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 07:50:00 PM
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Probably got sick of ol' Petey M running his mouth and making their games look bad.


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Comment #37 by JamieLeeTurdis
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 10:19:18 PM
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@2 Perfect. Deadpan.


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Comment #38 by Magus 0f Zeal
Friday, March 02, 2012 @ 09:36:21 AM
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@#37 Agreed. Others don't get it.

I played Fable: Lost Chapters recently and it holds up pretty well. Fable 2 is just as good if not better than the first. Some stuff was stripped but buying and upgrading everything was pretty addicting and decisions seemed to have much more of an impact. Fable 1 did walk a fine gray line which was really neat. A lot of the time I was trying to be all heroic but then some twist would happen leaving you with a bit of a dilemna. Fable 3 was also very good and took an interesting approach. I have never paid attention to what PM has said about anything really except when watching the Fable 2&3 dev diaries on Live. Because of this I guess I have never been to disappointed after playing any of the Fable games. On the fence about Journey but I would say Fable 4 is a no brainer.

More on-topic: I've never really heard these names before so hopefully they won't be missed that much. Looking forward to whatever both companies end up putting out next. Although I'm a bit skeptical when companies break off and form under the statement of bringing meaningful experiences...thru digital platforms 'like Live Arcade'. I've played some great games on Arcade but it has to be really specail to attain meaningful experience status.

Way off-topic now: I've been trying to get extra Potions of Life in Fable 2 as well as collect all the Divinity Gems. Any help would be great.


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Comment #39 by ViNyLek
Friday, March 02, 2012 @ 04:15:26 PM
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Lionheads been disappointing most gamers for years (myself included) so no wonder that some employees turned out to be just as much (if not more) sour and decided to shake things up=P I wonder what they have on their minds!


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