A job posting for a position at Lionhead Studios, the development team behind the Fable series, has surfaced, and it’s given a few details pertaining to what the team may begin work on in the very near future. The job description doesn’t hand out too much information regarding the project, but it’s enough to give us an idea of what they have brewing behind the giant Microsoft-branded curtain.
Originally spotted by Supererogatory, the job listing provides an “opportunity to work on MMO like title for next generation consoles. AAA game and budget!” The next generation console, in which the application is referring to, is likely the unannounced Xbox 360 successor (codenamed Durango). Those hoping for a massively multiplayer Fable game won’t be so lucky however, as the new game will be a completely new property. That’s right, Lionhead will be giving the series a much deserved rest; although the new IP doesn’t sound like it’ll be a dramatic departure from Fable.
The job listing continues:
“This is to assist in the development of a major brand new IP that is being targeted for the future generation of platforms and will be an RPG based game with a radical new take on how co-operative and multiplayer gameplay feeds into the experience, while blending online and single player into one complete experience.”
The MMO-esque title is described as having a “complex progression system, multiple routes through the campaign, and an MMO like multiplayer experience that will affect the outcome of the player experience, and many other attributes surrounding their profile (such as the environment and the outcome of certain actions).” All of this sounds promising, and it’ll be interesting to see how the final product turns out.
It’s good to see that the departure of Lionhead Studios’ co-founder Peter Molyneux hasn’t slowed down the team at all, and that they’re still dedicated to pushing forward. Now, if the developer is revving up for a next-gen, massively multiplayer-inspired game, then does that mean work on the Kinect-enable Fable: The Journey is nearing completion?
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