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E3 2011: Molyneux calls Fable: The Journey demo a 'horrible mistake'

No one really get's excited about an on-rails shooter, so when Fable: The Journey the shown as being one, any excitement for another entry into the Fable series was almost completely obliterated.  If only we knew that the game actually does have navigational features but they were stripped out for the demo in what Peter Molyneux calls "a horrendous mistake."

Speaking to OXM, Molyneux did his best to clear things up. "I made a horrendous mistake on the press demo on taking out the navigation allowing players to move," he stated. "I'll state on record now that Fable: The Journey is definitely not on rails."

While it is true that developers have been known to significantly change titles after negative media reaction, we have no proof that the player controlled navigation was  just taken out to give the demo a tighter presentation.  How Fable: The Journey will -or can- actually do player movement in a satisfactory way, however, remains to be seen.

[Source: Game Politics]


  • Comradebearjew 8 years, 4 months ago

    Well at least Molyneux can admit it.

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  • RedAma131 8 years, 4 months ago

    I wasn't excited for this game regardless. However I sometimes wish another Populous was made.

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  • Zladko 8 years, 4 months ago

    Should have gone a step further and called Fable: The Journey a 'horrible mistake'

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    • corey 8 years, 4 months ago

      also he should have apologized for fable 3

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  • inthenameofharmon 8 years, 4 months ago

    They should have just left it an on-rails navigation and said "f yallz, you want more of the same go play some God of War. We're changing this up Killer 7 style!"

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  • PrinceMitch 8 years, 4 months ago

    I reckon he'll thing it was such a bad mistake that he decides to make it movement only, and thus link to the title of the game.

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  • Gajoma 8 years, 4 months ago

    I literally laughed at my computer screen when I saw the presentation. What the hell are they thinking? Fable 3 was the last straw for me, and this just confirms my thoughts on Lionhead's new direction.

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  • jon2435 8 years, 4 months ago

    I did listen to this guy before Fable 2 came out. 'It's great we got rid of armor so you can look the way you want to.' I like armor and the fact that the armor is DLC in Fable 2 is crap. So I didn't care what he had to say for Fable 3 nor this game.

    Now having said that, I'd love to see a well made Black and White title. That's what they did that no one else does. Black and White 2 was better in some ways to the first,but that doesn't mean I'd like to see a repeat of B&W2.

    Fable just can't compete with other western RPGs. For that matter even Final Fantasy is adding more choice. I like that they try new things, but I wish they could make better choices in the game design.

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  • Razlo TPD 8 years, 4 months ago

    I love Peter Molyneux. You could argue that the Fable serious has been underwealming compared to his promises and dreams (although I did enjoy 1 and 2 a lot) but when you look at what else this guy has done, both as Lionhead and the much older Bullfrog Productions, I tend to be able to trust him with things like this.

    On rails or not, I just feel it's a shame he's gotten to the point of Fable shooters.
    I want Black and White 3, I want Dungeon Keeper 3, I want Theme Hospital 2!
    Looks like From Dust will scratch that itch for now though :)

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    • Joseph Christ 8 years, 4 months ago

      That's just the thing. Black and White is one of the few games I can see working really well with Kinect. I'm not sure what he's doing.

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  • s1yfox 8 years, 4 months ago

    Peter Molyneux, I honestly didn't need your confirmation about that demo considering i know the kind of blasphemy your games tend to exhibit

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  • J52 8 years, 4 months ago

    God, this is so funny. Especially when you consider that this is the opposite of what he usually does.

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  • SomethingSnappy 8 years, 4 months ago


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  • Kamui 8 years, 4 months ago

    The "Horrendous" mistakes have been growing Since after Fable II.

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  • M2D 8 years, 4 months ago

    I really liked Fable 2, then i played Fable 3 which just felt like a dumbed down version of the game i'd originally enjoyed. The 'big choices' were so poorly executed and your time as the ruler of albion felt so short lived that it had little to no impact on the game at all. What i was promised isn't what i got. I don't own a kinect and from watching Microsofts extremely Kinect heavy presentation I will not be getting one.

    Fable needed a change to make it fresh - but this, wasn't it.

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  • Minyme 8 years, 4 months ago

    I think a spell casting game for kinect would be awesome, but not set in the fable universe.

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  • cleft5 8 years, 4 months ago

    Dude that is just BS, this was a rail shooter and after the reception he decided to change it. He probably was trying to decide which to go and did this to see the reaction that Fable fans would have. Here is a thought, lost the Kinect bullshit altogether and give me a real game.

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  • lemith 8 years, 4 months ago

    I had no idea what to think when i saw the demo...

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  • Dimensaur 8 years, 4 months ago

    Be it on rails or player controlled, I still have no interest in Fable. Sorry Peter.

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