Whilst no reason was given for the impromptu conference, the Jack of Blades mask Molyneux was wearing immediately raised hopes that his current studio, 22Cans, would be doing some kind of collaboration with Lionhead Studios on a Fable Project.
“I’m very excited to present to you today some key features coming to the Fable franchise,” he began.
“I realize I made some pretty wild and over-ambitious promises with the previous games, but I want to assure everyone that all that horrible business is behind us.”
During the course of a 5-hour PowerPoint presentation, Molyneux revealed that a new Fable game was being jointly developed by 22Cans, Lionhead Studios and Zynga. Codenamed “Fable 4”, the upcoming title would implement features “never before seen in an RPG”.
Some of the highlights included:
- Trees that grow in real time.
- Thousands of weapon combinations, ranging from swords to pistols that shoot swords.
- The ability to become a dog breeder.
- A skill tree based around how the player reacts to NPC sexual advances.
- An AI companion modelled on Peter Molyeneux’s likeness and personality
- Space travel.
- Space travel with dogs.
- The addition of bicycles and the ability to race all over Albion annoying other road users.
Perhaps the most exciting feature was how the game would determine character ageing using the Xbox One’s improved Kinect sensor. According to Molyneux, Kinect would determine how a character would age by picking up things such as the player’s posture, heart rate, skin color and miscellaneous ‘environmental information’ within Kinect’s field of view, such as fast food containers, cigarette butts or unused exercise equipment.
However, when The Daily Pixel approached Lionhead Studios for comment on the exciting reveal, a puzzled spokesman stated that there were no current plans regarding Fable 4 and that the company had not had any contact with Mr. Molyneux since he left.
We were also informed that a Jack of Blades mask was in fact stolen from the Lionhead offices late last year and they would like it returned.