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The world of Fable has always mixed high fantasy action and deep storylines with a witty and whimsical flair that never takes itself too seriously. The trend looks to be continuing with Fable III. We checked in with Mark Llabres Hill, Fable III's lead writer, and asked him to help us get ready for the new game by reminding us of the major features of the world of Albion from previous titles, and giving a brief glimpse into where things are headed in this new installment. “While Fable has its origins in a mixture of dark fairy tales and high fantasy, grounded by lots of silly humor, with Fable III we’ve transitioned to a more human-centered story,” Hill tells us. “The modern world has pushed the more magical elements underground. Industry, politics, poverty, warfare, and drama have become more important than woodland fairies or ancient rituals and magical artifacts. For that reason, we don’t dwell too much on the events of previous games – at least not in the main story. The world has moved on – and people have forgotten about these legends as they concentrate on simple survival. But the world is still full of side-stories that are completely steeped in the lore of past games.”Nonetheless, there are some mainstays of the Fable world that we’ll definitely see again, but in a new light. Perhaps the most important returning idea is the heritage of characters from which the game’s protagonist arises. “Probably the most important aspect to learn if you haven’t played a Fable before is the idea of Heroes themselves,” Hill suggests. “Long ago there existed Guilds of Heroes, where powerful and magically gifted individuals would gather, unbound by morality. These people were a cross between knights, superheroes, wizards, and adventurers. Their powers were connected to an ancient bloodline and their symbol was the Guild Seal. Over time, these Heroes became more and more rare as the bloodline diluted, emerging sporadically, like a random mutated gene, if you want to think of it in those terms, until the Guild disappeared completely. By the start of Fable III, there are no Heroes left at all, and the Fable II Hero is considered to have been the last.”In addition to a continued exploration of that vaunted heritage of heroes, there are also places within the world that may be familiar. One of the most important is a location that long time players should easily remember. “The city of Bowerstone is at the heart of Albion, and in many ways at the heart of the series. At the start of each game, we try plot a path through new regions and let players discover places on the map they’ve never seen before. It keeps the world fresh for both them and us,” Hill says. “But Bowerstone is part of Fable’s identity, not just because it’s the capital of the kingdom, but because it has such iconic landmarks: the town square with its clock tower, the bridge, the river, the lake on the outskirts. It has undergone two major changes since Fable II, though. The first is the process of industrialization, which has really transformed parts of the city, with its factories, smoke, and busy port. The second is Bowerstone castle, which was little more than a landscape feature last time around, but is now a key center of power.”
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Man I love me some Fable, and this game should not disappoint. At least I hope not.
Sounds sweet just reserved a copy today can't wait.
I'm pretty sure Reaver was from the second game... But I am super excited! I loved the first one, the second one was good, so hopefully I won't be disappointed with this one
This one better not dissapoint.
This game is gonna be great, And I'm sure have a lot of DLC...
Be pretty cool to find a story teller that would recount the story of the past two heroes that the player controlled.
Game should be good.
I can't wait for this game!!
Reaver wasnt in the first game. He first appeared in Fable II. I couldnt help myself.
LOOKS LIKE A GREAT GAME
I'am very excited about Fable III, but I still feel jaded by Fable II. I want to wait on reviews from the press and gamers.
Definitely looking forward to this one. It'll probably stay on the shelf for a little bit while I tear through Fallout New Vegas, though.
Looking good. Love the Fable series, just never have a desire to own the game after beating single player.
man i love fable. hated first one, loved second, and this one should not dissapoint.
I'm really excited by this. But I've learned my lesson from the two previous and will rent this one first.
The only Fable I ever played was Fable: The Lost Chapters on PC. I wished I had an Xbox 360 so I could play Fable II and this one. Well, at least I have my PS3 to keep me company :D
I like how they're making this one a bit more realistic. At least in the visual sense
I don't foresee me seeing my wife for a month or two with fable 3 fallout New Vegas, reach, and force unleashed 2 being on my to do list.
How did Theresa become immortal?
And do I get to kill Reaver?
Collector's Edition has been reserved for months! Cannot WAIT to play this...when I finally get around to it with Fallout & Force Unleashed on my list as well.