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Lionhead now an online-focused studio starting with 'Fable Legends'

Lionhead Studios is now an online-focused developer, according to head of studio John Needham.

Needham, who joined the studio earlier this year from Star Trek Online and City of Heroes developer Cryptic Studios, said "every game" in future will have "connected" elements.

"Our vision is to connect players with fantastic games, so every game we do from hear on out will have great connected online layers," he told Digital Spy at gamescom.

"We're online game guys, that's the studio. We love online games, we love interaction with real people, and we want to bring that magic to Fable."

Discussing the origin of Fable Legends, Needham said he wanted to extend the franchise's trademark interaction with characters and NPCs to real people.

"The thing we thought a lot about was [when making Fable Legends], part of what makes Fable special is the interaction with the characters and the NPCs," he said.

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Excalibur1063d ago

Lionhead, as much as I like the Fable series, do something new already.

Mystogan1063d ago

I think this is the first hint that their going for something new.

HammadTheBeast1063d ago

Basically, Fable's dead now? That's a shame. 1 and 2 were actually good.

KonsoruMasuta1063d ago

Well, they just lost a customer.

-Foxtrot1063d ago

Just when you think they would improve the studio after Peter left

What is with all this online stuff next gen

WatchDogs (LOTS of social features)
The Crew
The Division
Destiny
Fable Legends etc

CaptainPunch1063d ago

Tbh online isn't all that bad if its done correctly. While I love single player games playing co-op can be a blast.

-Foxtrot1063d ago

Co-op is alright if it's done correctly but only in new games built up around the feature like Borderlands or L4D. When an old IP tries to force it into their games it just dosent work. Dead Space or Resident Evil for example.

I mean some stupid people want it in Elder Scrolls and Fallout despite them being pure single player games and the fact Bethesda can hardly even do a single player game with bugs let alone co-op ones.

With these online games next gen I feel like it's the beginging of a trend...and it's not a good one because I feel like single player games will end up dying off all together.

I mean the Division sounds and looks amazing and at the time I thought it was single player but now that it's basicaly an MMO I'm not sure anymore. Your going to start to get good looking games in the future which will force you to go online to enjoy them. I'm all up for new IPs but not when all of them are online focused.

andrewsqual1063d ago

This is clearly the dead remains of the original online required Xbone. While they took the feedback from the preorders and reversed everything, somehow they thought that bringing this type of Fable game that nobody wants is the way to go. Why?

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WeAreLegion1063d ago

That's the problem. They THINK this will gain them customers.

malokevi1063d ago (Edited 1063d ago )

60% of consoles are on Xbox Live... some odd 50 million people.

Those are the real gamers. Thats where the money is. Thats where the fun is. Nobody gives a crap about you single player junkies anymore.

Go play Nintendo.

christian hour1063d ago (Edited 1063d ago )

Malokevi I wish I could downvote you for being "immature" and "trolling" but I can only pick one... and I dunno which one to pick. In fact I find I have that dillema with most of your posts.

Lionhead have gone the way of Rare if you ask me, they're not the company they used to be, they've grown to big in size for there to be any personality behind their games. You could see it slowly disappear as each Fable game came out.

Good developers make games out of passion that stems from their personal life experiences, thats what makes a good game unique and stand out in the crowd. There's very little chance of that ever happening again at Lionhead.

HammadTheBeast1063d ago

@malokevi

More like 35 million, but OK.

malokevi1063d ago (Edited 1063d ago )

@christian

Report me all you want chumbo, can't argue with the facts. Multiplayer is the way forward for Xbox.... GO PLAY NINTENDO!

"Good developers make games out of passion that stems from their personal life experiences"

puhhhhhh-LEEZE! Why don't you go write a heartfelt short story.

@hammed

ahahahaha. Alrighty then... I'll just drop this 4 month old article here and let you mull over it.

http://www.gameinformer.com...

True_Samurai1063d ago

@malokevi

Ooh kill em ooh kill em lol
You just proved your point

christian hour1062d ago

@malokevi I will go play nintendo, then I'll play my 360, then maybe i'll throw in some time on steam, finished up with a nice glass of ps3.

Yr missing the point here, it's about catering to gamers of all shapes, sizes and preferences. You start to focus on one aspect of gaming only and you're basically telling people you don't give a shit about them. I like playing multiplayer, and I also like playing single player, sometimes I like to be a social gamer, other times I just want to escape from the world and its shittiness. A lot of gamers are introverted people and use single player experiences as a way to escape from the hustle and bustle of society. But continue to be selfish and think only of yourself, it won't get you very far. But your ego will have you think otherwise I'm sure.

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WeAreLegion1063d ago

Here's the thing.

Half of Lionhead left years ago to form a little studio called Media Molecule.

I'm not saying the talent is gone. Fable: Legends looks pretty fun. I'm just saying MOST of the talent is gone. We may never see them make a game as fun as Fable 1 or either Black & White again. :/

christian hour1063d ago

Agree'd :D

I wish I read this before I posted above.

Not only did most of the talent go with those guys, but the passion too. When dev's stop being excited about their IP, that's when it's time to stop buying it, it only exists because the publishers from on high demand they do more of the same, because, money.

FortKnight1063d ago

This industry changes so fast. And I was just recovering from the fact that Sacred 3 is going to suck... now I'm reminded we'll probably never get another Black and White.

DiRtY1063d ago

I would love to see a Fable game with a strong online component and evolving worlds thanks to the cloud. That would be awesome.

Dlacy13g1063d ago

I am fine with the "online" direction for Lionhead but more importantly I would like to see Lionhead come out with a new IP that they could do some rotation with Fable on ... every other year type stuff so Fable doesn't become even more saturated than it is. I love the Fable world but I do want to see it get some time off and allow gamers to grow hungry for it again.

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