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Peter Molyneux "Envious" That He Won't Get to Make Fable 4

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During his time with Lionhead, Peter Molyneux led development on three mainline Fable games and several spin-offs, and the industry veteran has stated that he's "envious" that Playground Games (as the rumours suggest) will get to make Fable 4 without him.

"I feel slightly envious now that they get to work in this cool universe of Albion. But I'd rather there be another sequel than it just fade away to nothing," Molyneux told People Make Games in a fantastic interview. "I'm sure Playground will do a fantastic job."

Molyneux also has some hopes for the next Fable 4, in addition to the rideable dragons he requested last year. "I hope they keep the humour of the game" he said, "and I hope they find a way of just injecting a little bit of innovation in there, and I'm sure they will."

He adds that it would have been "so sad" to see Fable "die on the altar of Lionhead being closed," and also reflected on the rest of the Fable series, from bringing the good and evil mechanics across from Black & White for the first game, to building upon the foundations with his favourite entry in the series, Fable II.

According to Molyneux, Fable III could have used another year in development, while he branded Fable: The Journey "a disaster". Originally, the Kinect-based Fable game was meant to be a free-roam title featuring a bond between the hero and their horse. On the basis of the original vision for Kinect, it could have apparently worked far better than it did.

Molyneux stated that prior to the Kinect tech being cost reduced for market, it was a piece of tech capable of far better motion detection and subtlety, and the tech demo Milo & Kate could have been so much more on that basis. "I don't want to stand up [when playing a Kinect game]," he said. " I want to do things with subtlety." Milo & Kate could have potentially delivered that subtlety.

Over the course of the interview, Molyneux offers insights into every game he's made since 1987, from his early days with Bullfrog right up to his past glories with Lionhead and beyond. He talks about how he fought Microsoft to get same sex relationships into Fable, after the company demanded a "straight line of sexuality" for the game, and about how he's learned not to talk about his games before they're finished.

"My feeling is that I did over-promise. I over-promised not because I wanted to lie to people or I wanted people to believe was in the game that wasn't there," he said, reflecting on past accusations that he'd talk up and hype a project too much ahead of release. "It's something that I believed at the time," he explained.

You can watch the full interview with Peter Molyneux here. Fable 4, meanwhile, still has yet to be officially announced, but we're keeping our fingers crossed for an E3 2019 reveal this June.


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Lionhead Studios


US October 26, 2010
Europe October 29, 2010

HDD Space Required : 5.7 GB
Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
Price: $19.99USD
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