Residents of Albion! Did you hear the news?
— Lionhead Studios (@LionheadStudios) February 26, 2015
You read it right, Fable Legends will be free to play on Xbox One (with an active Xbox Live Gold membership) and for Windows 10.
So what does free to play actually mean for Fables Legends? Over on the official Fable Legends website the developers; Lionhead Studios, laid out three commitments:
- Open – You’ll be able to play Fable Legends from beginning-to-end without spending a penny. That means you’ll have access to the entirety of Fable Legends’ storyline and all of the quests Lionhead Studios release in 2015 and then… forever.
- Fair – Everything in Fable Legends that affects gameplay can be earned by simply playing the game.
- Generous – Lionhead Studios have a clear goal to have a happy community of players. To that extent they’ll be updating the game with exciting new quests to play through, Heroes to play as, Villain creatures to control, and lots more.
Playing Fable Legends, either as a Hero or Villain, will earn players Silver. This Silver can be spent in-game on a selection of goodies that make your Hero and creatures more powerful.
As with all free to play models, there will be a real-world money option also. Players will be able to purchase gold to use in the same way as silver. Lionhead Studios have said this gold can be used to ‘purchase many of the items that are also available for silver’. This could potentially mean that real-world money won’t open up all items to players to retain a sense of fairness.
Lionhead Studios will be launching Fable Legends with a wide array of unique Heroes. At any time, there will be four of these Heroes available to play for free. They’ll then be rotating the four Heroes available on free rotation, so you’ll have a chance to play them all. But don’t panic, any progress you make with a Hero will be saved, and you’ll be able to pick up where you left off when they appear next on the free rotation.
Of course, not everyone will want to play as a Hero so for the Villains amongst us Lionhead Studios have you covered. As you progress through the story you’ll come across all manner of mischievous creatures, and you’ll find that creatures are all native to specific areas of Albion. Using your silver or gold, you’ll be able to gain the allegiance of creatures and use them in any quest.
Lionhead Studios also released a comprehensive FAQ document on their new free to play announcement. You can read it here.
Our ThisisXbox Founder; Jason Andrews, and I got to get hands on with Fable Legends whilst at Gamescom 2014 in Cologne, Germany. If you haven’t already, you can read our full write up here.
Fable Legends has yet to receive a confirmed release date but keep your eyes on ThisisXbox for more updates.