Fable Legends – Fact Sheet !

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August 2013 

Title:                               “Fable Legends”

Availability:                     To be announced

Publisher:                        Microsoft Studios

Developer:                      Lionhead Studios

Format:                           Blu-ray for the Xbox One video game and entertainment system; Xbox Live-enabled; compatible with Kinect for Xbox One

ESRB rating:                    Rating pending

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Product overview:
“Fable Legends” unites the classic gameplay that players have come to love from the series with all of the next-generation capabilities of Xbox One. For the first time, grab your friends and go on adventures – up to four Heroes can cooperatively discover the quests and stories of Albion. Or, play the villain where you can mastermind the game in real time. “Fable Legends” takes advantage of the graphical processing power of Xbox One, and when coupled with Unreal Engine 4, delivers a rich and beautiful world.

Features:

Rediscover The Magic of Fable
Return to Albion, a picturesque land full of thrilling stories, exciting combat, and high adventure. It’s no surprise that millions of players have visited and adored the welcoming countryside of this once upon a time storyland. “Fable Legends” brings you to a place where history, myth, and folklore are practically the same thing. Of course you’ll also find monsters, villains, and even the occasional disaster, but you shouldn’t take it too seriously. Albion is a unique fantasy land where epic, tragic, and comedic stories all combine for a one of a kind experience.

New Ways to Play the Hero
In “Fable Legends”, you’re never completely alone. You can play the game single player, with a party of three heroic AI companions that follow your lead through stories and adventures. Or you can play cooperatively with up to three friends and discover the game’s quests and content together. Play whatever style you want, when you want. After all, you’re the Hero. And just what kind of Hero you choose to play is up to you. “Fable Legends” takes you back to a time when Albion is teeming with Heroes, so there’s bound to be one for you. Fearless warriors. Cunning tricksters. Masters of Will. Paragons of virtue. Heartless mercenaries. Intoxicated brawlers. Chicken chasers. They’re all here, and many more besides. You’ll be able to customize your abilities, alter your appearance, and advance your Hero by earning experience and finding new armour, weapons, and treasures.

Or Is Evil Your Thing?
Fable has always presented opportunities for mischief and villainy, and in “Fable Legends” we’re going to offer a way to play the bad guy as never before. The Villain player takes control of the many creatures, minions, traps, and environmental hazards that Heroes must overcome. Villain play combines elements of strategic decision making and tactical control. When those pitiful Heroes enter an area, you’ll choose which minions are sent into battle and where to place these creatures to maximize their effectiveness. Once the fight begins, you issue the orders for your creatures to execute: telling them where to go, which Hero to attack, and what abilities to use to ensure your evil plans come to fruition.

Expand Your Controls through SmartGlass
As a Hero, you can use SmartGlass on your tablet or smartphone to track your game progress, get more information on Heroes, quests, and other content. As a Villain, you’ll be able to use a SmartGlass-enabled device to play as the Villain when you’re in the same room with your Xbox One. In this way, you can play right next to a Hero player in couch co-op.*

* Xbox SmartGlass features require a compatible device and broadband internet; ISP fees apply. See http://www.xbox.com/smartglass.

About Lionhead Studios
Acquired by Microsoft Studios in 2006, the U.K.-based Lionhead Studios is known for developing original and innovative games such as the extremely successful “Black & White” for Windows in 2001, “Fable” for Xbox in 2004, “Fable: The Lost Chapters” for Windows in 2005, “Black & White 2” and “The Movies” in 2005, “Fable II” in 2008, “Fable III” in 2010, and “Fable Heroes” and “Fable: The Journey” in 2012 for Xbox 360.

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Dark Age of Camelot Developer Diary: ‘Virtue and Tradition’

Dark Age of Camelot

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Friends and realm-mates,

Passing through the Borderkeeps of Castle Sauvage, Svasud Faste or Druim Ligen, I pause to remember the humble beginnings of our adventures in these lands. We conjure memories of slaying the menacing Skeletons wandering the fields around Prydwen Keep. We recall contending with Njessi, who patrols the waters near Gna Faste and we remember fondly the scores of Water Beetles we slew upon the shores of Lough Derg. Life in the realms has certainly changed since these, our first adventures. Together we have explored new lands, discovered strange and wonderful races and mastered powerful new professions.

With so much opportunity to explore the expansive areas of Dark Age of Camelot, a new or returning adventurer may be hard pressed to find their way at the outset of their journey, so it is with this spirit of nostalgia and warmth in my heart that I would like to introduce you to the new approach to character progression that awaits our new and returning realm-mates in the beloved classic areas of Albion, Midgard and Hibernia.

Along the path to level 50, and the glory of RvR, you will have the opportunity to revisit the towns and villages you know and love. We have transformed these places into level-appropriate areas within which you will find a clear and enjoyable path to achieving the information, equipment and most importantly, the experience required to advance your character more efficiently than ever before.  Adventuring here will provide you with a chance to complete dozens of interesting and enjoyable new quests, powerfully steeped in the Arthurian fables of Albion, compelling Norse mythology of Midgard and the magical Celtic lore of Hibernia.

Accompanying this return to the lore and traditions of the realms are some compelling new quests which I’d like to talk about. These new adventures in moral deliberation will force you to make difficult decisions in the face of extraordinary circumstances. This will make for diverse game-play experiences as well as provide unique item rewards. Choosing these adventures will compel you into finding a compromise between difficult moral choices such as thievery and honesty, vengeance and justice, greed and honor, as well as mercy and sacrifice.

The right choice is seldom the simple choice, nor is it often the most rewarding.  In many cases, the right choice is absolutely unclear. Finally, as my own personal adventure through the development of these quests has taught me, you may find that the ‘right’ choice simply does not exist.  These quests, and many more additions and improvements too numerous to mention here are going to be available very soon.

I’d like to close by recognizing that many of our adventures over the past few years have taken us far from the traditional lands of the three realms. We’ve explored the Shrouded Isles, the forgotten realm of Atlantis and delved into the Catacombs. Together we have faced the demonic damned and have discovered a Labyrinth of immense proportions. Join us now as we return home to the Albion, Midgard and Hibernia of old. Rediscover the towns of Cotswold, Mularn and Mag Mell. Return to Avalon Marsh, East Svealand, and The Silvermine Mountains. In these classic areas, and many others throughout the realm, you will find a more modern approach to ancient life. New adventures in a familiar setting are waiting for your swords, your staves and your bows.

I have had a great time working on content for these locations, and can’t express how many vivid memories have surfaced regarding the early days of Camelot.  To our current players, our returning realm-mates and our new friends we ask you to join us as we celebrate 10 glorious years of Dark Age of Camelot.

Faithfully yours,

Talal Saad

Dark Age of Camelot.