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Lionhead: 'We Haven't Done The Best Job' Explaining Fable Legends

by Kimberley Wallace on Aug 06, 2015 at 11:42 AM

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Have you had a hard time grasping exactly what kind of game Fable Legends actually is? You're not alone. In fact, in our candid conversation with the game's director, David Eckelberry, he admitted that Fable Legends hasn't been easy to convey to others.

"We have a really hard time sometimes explaining what this game is," Eckelberry says.  "It's incredibly different. So many of our fans in closed beta or those who come up to us at shows like Gamecom and PAX East say, 'I didn't really know what this is. I've heard you guys talk about it, but I still don't know.' That's fair. We haven't done the best job at explaining what Legends is."

Fable Legends isn't the epic RPG experience that the franchise is known for, instead it pits you in four-versus-one battles. You can work together with three other players as a hero, or you can scheme alone and take on the role of the villain, trying to sabotage and destroy the heroes' progress by sending minions and setting traps to ultimately make them fail their mission. It borrows some RPG trademarks that Fable fans should be familiar with, like story-related quests, lore discovery, and leveling up your character.

The game borrows its free-to-play approach from the League of Legends model, allowing you to purchase certain characters and small cosmetic extras like hair color. Because of this, people mistakenly assume that it is a MOBA, an assertion that Lionhead insists is wrong. We played the game and put the comparison closer to Evolve, but Legends is more focused on story.

As for more on the free-to-play model, you can earn in-game currency to make purchases, but if you want them faster, you can pay cash. Players can sample characters before buying, with four available for free at a time on a two-week rotation. You can play these characters as much as you want when they're available. When they come back in rotation, all your leveling and stats will be there. If you don't want to lose out on specific characters for a period of time, you may purchase them. 

Originally published on 8/6 at 2:29 Central