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TiX Podcast: A Little Nostalgic

Welcome to the This is Xbox Podcast.

Join Greg Giddens and Steve Peacock for a new episode of the This is Xbox Podcast – episode 24 A Little Nostalgic. In this episode the duo discuss the recent news about a unified windows experience across console and PC, as well as the games Prison Architect, Dungeon of the Endless, GTA 5 and Fable Legends (before the recent news about its cancellation), amongst the usual silly banter you’d expect.


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The awesome music in this episode was provided by Bangmaid and produced by James Gill. (https://www.mixcloud.com/bangmaid/)

Unreal Engine Sizzle Reel – GDC 2015


Looking forward to and enjoying some these titles? Adr1ft, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, DMC: Definitive Edition, Tekken 7, Batman: Arkham Knight, D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die, Dead Island 2, AIPD, Space Hulk: Deathwing, Smite, Submerged, Fable Legends and many many more. So are we! All these upcoming Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles have something in common…

Unreal Engine 4.

Check out the new ‘Sizzle Reel’ below from the guys and gals at Unreal ready for GDC 2015. And tune into their Keynote presentation on Twitch.tv, Wednesday March 4th at 9:30 a.m. PST


Fable Legends will be free to play

Fable Legends F2P

Residents of Albion! Did you hear the news?


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:

  1. 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.
  2. Fair – Everything in Fable Legends that affects gameplay can be earned by simply playing the game.
  3. 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.


Heroes of Albion

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.

Fable Legends Beta To A Select Few Today


Lionhead Studios have unleashed the fabulous and totally addictive multiplayer of Fable Legends on to a select group of players in their closed Beta prior to the games release. We had a hands-on session at Gamescom this year and can not recommend it enough!

For details on how to get involved you can take a ganders over the Fable Legends Blog page:

“First and foremost, this will be a real Closed Beta test and we want your help to make Fable Legends the incredible experience we’re aiming for. We’re inviting fans to help test the game as early in the development process as possible; not only do we want your help with identifying bugs, glitches and crashes, we also want to hear your ideas, feedback and suggestions!

With that in mind, on October 16th we’ll be inviting a handful of players to help test a very small slice of Fable Legends gameplay. These testers will be given the opportunity to provide detailed feedback on key areas of the game, and as we progress through the coming months we’ll gradually introduce more content and new features to be tested in the Beta.

If you’re not invited to test right away, don’t panic! With more content being introduced we’ll need more people to help test, and so further waves of invitations will be sent out as Beta progresses. Ultimately we hope to have a significant portion of our registrants in game before we leave Closed Beta.”

Fable Legends – #XboxGamescom

Our first stop during our week in Cologne, Germany was to the Xbox Media Briefing on Tuesday held offsite in the city as the convention centre was not yet open. It was here that our journey with Fable Legends began.


Phil Harrison, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft took to the stage to go through a number of Xbox One exclusive titles which of course included the latest in the Fable franchise from the UK based Lionhead Studios. As well as a new gameplay trailer Phil Harrison also detailed the upcoming Multiplayer BETA which launches on October 16th. You can sign up here: http://www.fablelegends.com/

The news was announced alongside a gameplay trailer, which showcases the multiplayer battle system. Hero characters are available in multiple classes, while villains will be able to set traps using a top-down perspective. Watch the Fable Legends trailer below and keep reading to see what we thought after we go hands on with this new multiplayer mode.


Over the coming days I managed to get hands on with Fable Legends twice ensuring that I played as both the Villain and a Hero. Playing as the Villain is unique and incredibly more fun than I initially thought it would be. Unlike playing as a Hero, the villain is played via an overhead view of the action so you can see the multiple units and traps at your disposal. As the villain it was my job to harm, annoy and kill the heroes before they made it to the end of the map securing themselves victory.


In the map we were playing I had 4 special units/minions under my command. I had archers who could lay smoke traps as a special ability, a ranged bomber type minion who could fire large single explosives in the path of my enemies, The Puck who could stealth behind units and take out those that become separated from the rest of the group, and finally some generic melee units. I also had time at the beginning of each map to set up mines and other traps including raising or lowering gates to protect my units or force the heroes down a particular path. What was pleasantly surprising was how easy and intuitive it was to move around and control my minions considering the many different factors and events happening on the field of battle at any one time.

As the heroes progress through each stage, a new area opens up with new minions and traps to set up. There were 3 stages to the map we played on. Once the final area is reached and cleared I have a special unit unlock, a big Ogre whose special ability is farting… a big poison cloud attack. I was doing well by this stage and all the heroes has run out of healing potions long before the Ogre entered the battle. Using my Puck and Archers to support the Ogre, I was quickly able to finish off the 4 heroes and win the game.


When I later return to the game (during the Xbox Aftershow Party) I got to play as Sterling, the dashing Rogue who has little health but speed and dexterity on his side. Fable Legends plays as you would expect when playing as a hero, you need to keep close to one another and support your team mates. If a fellow hero falls then you need to revive them, watching out for dangers of your own. Sterling was quick, he has a ranged knife throw attack and a slap which stuns opponents allowing you to follow up with his higher damage special strike attack. As the heroes we made it through to the final area with the Ogre, unfortunately all my teammates were down and out and I was alone with the Ogre, a Puck and a couple of archers. I lasted a good few minutes using the evade ability but the odds were stacked too highly against me and eventually the gamer playing as the villain won the day.

Fable Legends proved to be an extremely popular title at Gamescom with queues building up within minutes of the event opening each day and some queues as long as 3 hours. The booth staff were fantastically engaged with everyone, and when they work 12+ hour days constantly on their feet, this goes to show how much passion and love the Lionhead team really do have for their game.


We loved Fable Legends and what we got to see and play during Gamescom 2014. We’ll keep you updated on news as we approach the release date and in the meantime, don’t  forget to register for the Multiplayer BETA here.

Fable Legends Trailer


Fable Legends was announced for Xbox One earlier this morning during Gamescom and now we get to show you the trailer. For the first time, up to four Heroes can cooperatively discover the quests and stories of Albion. Or, play the villain where you can mastermind the game in real time. “Fable Legends” takes advantage of the graphical processing power of Xbox One, and when coupled with Unreal Engine 4, delivers a rich and beautiful world.

In Fable Legends, you’re never completely alone. You can play the game single player, with a party of three heroic AI companions that follow your lead through stories and adventures. Or you can play cooperatively with up to three friends and discover the game’s quests and content together. Play whatever style you want, when you want. After all, you’re the Hero. And just what kind of Hero you choose to play is up to you.

Fable Legends takes you back to a time when Albion is teeming with Heroes, so there’s bound to be one for you. Fearless warriors. Cunning tricksters. Masters of Will. Paragons of virtue. Heartless mercenaries. Intoxicated brawlers. Chicken chasers. They’re all here, and many more besides. You’ll be able to customize your abilities, alter your appearance, and advance your Hero by earning experience and finding new armour, weapons, and treasures.

Fable Legends Announced for Xbox One at Gamescom

Fable Logo

It has been confirmed that Fable Legends will be released on the Xbox One console. The news was announced at Gamescom in Germany this morning, and then double confirmed on Twitter – and now triple confirmed with more information to follow.

For now Fable-folk, get excited for the next-gen chicken chasing sensation. We’ll update with more information soon.