Fable Legends is free-to-play on PC and Xbox One, Lionhead reveals

Lionhead has just announced that Fable Legends, the PC and Xbox One cross-platform title is going to be free-to-play on both platforms. It will be exclusive to Windows 10 PC and Xbox One with Xbox Live Gold, however.

Fable Legends is an Unreal Engine 4-powered four versus one online multiplayer game similar to Evolve, but with a MOBA twist, League of Legends and SMITE style, since it will contain hero rotation every two weeks. When the hero is off the rotation, players will have to pay for the character, either with in-game currency or real money. The good news is that when the hero reappears on the roster, the experience and items will also be carried over. For those who wish to play as the villain, you'll be able to use a selection of free minions for each map, but if you want non-native minions you'll have to purchase them, also with in-game currency or real money.

Lionhead promises the game will be fair though, and that they want players to really love it and purchase items just as a thank you for the hard work the development team placed in it. The game will be entirely free-to-play, Lionhead stated, with no areas behind pay walls or time limits. Fable Legends director David Eckelberry told Eurogamer that it will take players around 14 days to earn enough in-game silver to buy a hero, which sounds reasonable.

Chests, however, will probably be subject to some ranting. These can be found during normal gameplay and come in three tiers, each guaranteeing a specific quality of randomised items such as weapons, armor, potions and silver, as well as other items. But you can also buy chests in town using in-game currency or real money. Eckelberry says it won't turn the game in pay-to-win since players are encouraged to search for the chests, as these have a better chance of dropping a rare item that won't be available in the chests that you can buy in Brightlodge, the town.

We'll see how it turns out when Fable Legends releases later this year on PC and Xbox One. The official site has a lot of information and you can already sign up for the closed beta.

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  • the main man

    dafock only for windowes 10 fock that sh!t

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    • freemmostation

      It’s very limiting, I agree with that.

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  • Vince

    Evolve + SMITE?

    This seems like something that would turn into Microsoft’s Dawngate then. I really wanna know how well this is received.

    I mean, it’s on PC; that’s cause for concern already! Microsoft is already horrid at pushing new IP’s that aren’t Halo or arguably Forza anyway

    I mean, just ask Sunset Overdrive, a game that everyone who plays loves and was polished and shipped on time… it got some ads for, what? A week? Then MS went into “Halo Mode” to push their broken compilation of ports of already-released games in this series that sells on name brand alone.

    And stuff on IP are even more ignored.

    They… just probably don’t know what to do with this, to be honest. And I question if Lionhead knows how to make THIS game – their experiments with Fable kind of suck (see Fable: The Journey and… that XBLA puppet brawler one… man, that was weird)

    AND it’s free-to-play?

    This really seems like something MS will screw up and/or fail to market at all. I’m kind of interested in seeing what it is, but I almost certainly don’t want to actually play it. Even if Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users.

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    • freemmostation

      The Fable series is kinda losing focus. After 3 good games, a couple of weird spin-offs and now this one, which could pretty much not be a part of the series. I agree that MS doesn’t exactly know how to market this and so decided to try F2P.

      But… exclusive for Windows 10? I fear for this game already. If they want players to get on Windows 10 they should do something like release Halo 5 on PC, not Fable. The game will suffer a lot from it, I’m afraid.

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  • RoPhoenix

    It’s funny how even when he said, “and we couldn’t be happier” he still never cracked a smile lol. I also didn’t buy his story about how he played f2p games for hours blah blah etc. Just no real emotion behind his whole monologue.

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    • I think that someone from Microsoft asked for the game to be f2p and Windows 10 and Lionhead couldn’t do much about it. 🙂

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