E3 2011: ‘Fable: The Journey’ Story Details

Jun 11, 2011 by  

Fable The Journey Story Details

While most of the nitty gritty about Fable: The Journey was revealed as part of our E3 2011 preview of the game, Lionhead Studios’ Peter Molyneux also shared a few details in regards to the game’s story.

Since, contrary to popular opinion after the Microsoft press conference, players will actually be able to explore a large chunk of Albion in Fable: The Journey, we thought it important to report-on the context for this adventure.

[Read our Fable: The Journey E3 2011 Demo Preview!]

Set soon after the events of Fable 3, The Journey puts players in control of a new hero who has just come upon Theresa; the blind fortuneteller featured prominently in the Fable series. Tasked with bringing Theresa to the Spire, our hero will have to venture through an Albion that will feel somewhat familiar.

According to Molyneux, this Albion will still be reeling (or rejoicing) from the player’s previous actions in Fable 3. The developer even added that Fable: The Journey will actually take specific data from your Fable 3 save file and implement it in the world of The Journey.

What exactly those specific world influences will be, Molyneux did not say, but we imagine it has something to do with which areas underwent renovation and which were left to rust.

Also responding to the player’s decisions will be the horse that navigates your buggy in the game. Dependent on how you treat your horse – whether you break out your whip to travel a bit faster or not – the equestrian creature might develop a luscious glow or could be all skin and bones. Think of Fable: The Journey’s horse as this version’s dog, how you interact with the horse will determine whether you are a noble or an evil character.

One significant difference between the horse in The Journey and the dog in previous Fables is the inclusion of Kinect. Though dogs are largely considered to be fairly smart animals, its intelligence pales in comparison to that of the horse. By voicing a certain command during each tug of the reins, your horse will eventually develop a connection between progressing forward and that specific command.

Fable The Journey - Horse Gameplay

Demonstrated by Molyneux — a gamer who loves to sit back and relax on the couch — players will eventually be able to say something like, “Move you old hag,” and their horse will begin trotting off. It’s a simple concept, but one that adds to the immersion of the experience.

Obviously there are still more Fable: The Journey details on the way, with this E3 2011 demo focusing only on showcasing the tech of the game rather than the final product — and with that also comes the opportunity for some of these story details to change or be altered. The general idea, we imagine, should be preserved, but things like Fable 3 save game interaction might change over time.

Still, after a demo that was less than desirable, Fable: The Journey has rebounded nicely with an intriguing concept and storyline. This could very well be the first hardcore Kinect title worth picking up.

What do you think of Fable: The Journey’s storyline details? What other ways would you like to see Lionhead implement Kinect in order to make a more immersive experience?

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  1. i have a kinect and, honestly, i don’t WANT to play fable, an adventure game with it. i play “i need to lose weight because i’m fat” kinda games with it. and it works for me and they are fun. do i want to ride an imaginary horse with it? hell no. do i want to hold a conversation with it? nope. just give me a fat burning exercise so i have to get up off the couch to do something other than grabbing another beer.

  2. I don’t want to play Fable on kinnect, at least not in the way the demo demonstrated. My biggest pet peeve in gaming are first-person games, where you basically are the gun/sword/tools you’re using. A huge part of Fable is the way you “design” your characters, how you dress them up, the hairstyle you put on them, the tattoos, hell, Fable 3 even gave you the option to dye your hair *exactly* the shade of color you wanted…

    I’m a huge Fable fan, but The Journey will be a title I won’t even consider buying. Major Fail! If this is the future of Fable, then count me out. I don’t want to play it. I’ll stick to the games already released, I’d rather play Fable 2 a million times over than wasting a second on this piece of crap!

  3. those coments seem kinda mean. i have followed fable through all the previous games and enjoyed every single one i will admit fable three wasnt as amazing as fable 2 but despite that i enjoyed it all the same a true follower of fable wouldnt just quit like that. no i will be buying this game even though im not to fond of the fact its first person i think that there are many who feel the same hopefully this game will be a success

  4. I AGREE with the person above me I’ve played all the fable game and I think that each game has been getting worse but despite that I have enjoyed each and every one. Fable the journey ? I don,t know quite to make of it, I am an opened minded person and I believe that this game will either be a game which will restore people’s faith in the fable franchise or if the game is going to be as every bodies expecting it will be the last Fable in the series and even though other people have given up on the game I have not and I hope lionhead studios don;t let me down.

  5. This looks terrible. I pre-ordered every single Fable game and this last on was the worst out of all of them. I don’t even have to explain how bad the DLC expansion was, you already know! I can tell you that I will absolutely not buy this game. Motion gaming is like 3D movies. Its for people who don’t really like gaming, but want to play a game that is mindless fun for an hour or two. This will be the end of the Fable franchise.

  6. The only parts I’m liking about this game so far is that you get to explore Albion from a different point of view and their may be new heroes in future titles, not just hero of oakvale and bowerstone descendants or reaver. More like what fable 1 was like.

  7. The only parts I’m liking about this game so far is that you get to explore Albion from a different point of view to see what the your results of Fable 3 are and that their may be new heroes in future titles, not just hero of oakvale and bowerstone descendants or reaver. More like what fable 1 was like.

  8. And what about people that have limited mobility? I love to play the games because they get me out of my chair for a time, so to speak. Apparently, I’ll be soon chucking the XBox, because it’s trying to emulate that dreadul Wii crap.

  9. I don’t own a kinect and don’t want to own one. I’ve enjoyed all three previous titles, but I WILL NOT buy a kinect on the off chance that this game will be better than all the other first person crap on the market. In almost any game where I’ve been given a choice on 1st or 3rd person perspective I choose 3rd person.

    Disembodied guns and swords do NOT look or feel as if I am the character. They’re boring. And, now you want me to stare at a horse’s rear for god only knows how long? NO THANKS!!!!

  10. Yep, as big a disappointment as I feared.
    Lionhead sux majorly. They won’t be getting any more of my money.

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