Lionhead Games, bless them, started today running by announcing Fable Anniversary for the Xbox 360. A "modern remastering" of the classic Xbox game is set to include substantially better graphics, a new interface, and the Fable: Lost Chapters expansion packed in. Planned for this holiday season, expect Lionhead to treat Fable Anniversary like it's the predecessor to the next big Fable sequel -- because it probably is.
Lead Designer Ted Timmins had this to say on the upcoming remake:
"We’re really excited to bring Fable to Xbox 360. It’s the game that the Fable community has been asking for, so we wanted to make sure Fable Anniversary delivered the definitive Fable experience for both long-time fans and newcomers to the franchise." ... "It’s probably the hardest part of the job. We needed to keep Fable the same, but also make it different. It was a case of playing through the game over and over and writing down a list of the things we wanted to address in order to bring Fable to a 360 quality level that people expect."
For example, some of the improvements include updated lighting, textures, models, facial and cut scene animations, on top of the addition of 1080p resolutions. The new interface works over an all new save system and extinguished loading times. As Timmins described above there will also be several small changes designed to improve the gameplay experience, too. Oh, and achievements, because we're disgusting.
As mentioned above, it makes sense that Lionhead Games would go this route in an effort to reestablish themselves with the franchise and the fundamentals behind it. After all, they're likely working on a sequel for the Xbox One at the same time. What better way to start a team that's gone through quite a bit of turmoil than revisiting the beginning? Oh, and I'm sure the fans are important too.
Fable Anniversary is planned for release on Xbox 360 this holiday season, extending the life of a console running out of games a bit longer. They didn't even have any teasers for the announcement! ... I think.