Lionhead Website Begins a Countdown

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Lionhead Website Begins a Countdown

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The countdown is on at Fable maker Lionhead Studios!

Go to the Lionhead Studios website and you'll notice that things have changed a bit. "Thanks for visiting Lionhead.com," the site now says. "It's time for a fresh look and feel for our website. Who knows what other surprises are coming..." And there's a countdown! And a red button, not particularly shiny or candy-like, and the sort you'd use to button your shirt, not to erase history.

What could it possibly mean? I have no idea but as CVG notes, Microsoft recently began looking for a lead engine programmer for Lionhead with a knowledge of the Unreal Engine and Direct3D 11, something the current generation of consoles doesn't support but the next generation presumably will.

Lionhead is currently working on Fable: The Journey and in June 2011 he revealed that the studio also has a "super secret second project" on the go. Since the new Fable game is already on the radar, the obvious hope is that the countdown will end in a reveal of the second project - and, since we're casting wishes into the wind, that it'll be a new Magic Carpet.

Unless my calculations are wrong [which is always a risk] the Lionhead countdown will hit zero 7 pm EST on March 5.

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At least one thing is consistent in this increasingly-backwards world: Lionhead-Hype and marketing.

Though considering how much I didn't like the previous two Fable titles, my faith in Lionhead Studios' ability to produce fun games is more than shaken. Though their search for someone experienced with tech besides DX9.0 intrigues me. Far more than the countdown gimmick.

I seriously hope they have an actually competent sequel to Black&White in development. That thing has huge potential.

In related notes : Sun is rising in the east, reports indicate high chances of sunset to the west.

But along with this piece of information ( I wouldn't call it news ) not a single damn was given this day.

Maybe it's counting down to a real Fable game and not a stupid on-rails shooter.

Oh boy, it's a countdown!
And to be perfectly honest I have no idea whether I'm excited about whatever or not, I think I just like the suspense of a soon to be solved mystery.

Lionhead Studios makes some fun games now and then, and I'm a real fan of Molyneux's enthusiasm, so whatever it is I'll probably pay attention to it.

I think it's a count down to Peter Molyneux's next period.

After Fable 3 being so crap I'm not interested at all.
Maybe they're revealing some new features in Fable 4 that will make it even easier?

Hammeroj:
I seriously hope they have an actually competent sequel to Black&White in development. That thing has huge potential.

Same. But with the way Peter's been going about things? I doubt it will be all that good. Watch you have to take over your villagers to do anything productive or something doofy.

It will be the new fable im guessing. Peter cant keep his mouth shut so would have spoken about his new projects...if any. If not then it will be a case of him ignoring fans, not changing the crap we hated in his last games and him adding stuff we never asked for or wanted.

I bet if he had his way he would have the dog farting in Fable 4.

Great, Fable 4. I really needed another game to ignore.

As a heads up, this actually ends on the first day of GDC, so it's pretty likely we'll be seeing something there about whatever this might be.

You know Lionhead, if you wanted to cancel Fable: The Journey and make solid action adventure RPG thing, people would probably be on board with that.

Omnific One:
Great, Fable 4. I really needed another game to ignore.

What game would you ignore?

Andy Chalk:
..that it'll be a new Magic Carpet.

WHOA WHOA WHOA, HOLD UP. Are you telling me Lionhead developed Magic Carpet? *Quickly googles* Oh wait, it was Peter Molyneux that was the lead designer. Man, I loved those games when I was younger. I couldn't play them for toffee but they were damn fun. We even still have the discs and everything. Too bad we don't have a computer crappy enough to play them. :(

It's funny that I found out about Fable: The Journey whilst pursuing Amazon for ME3 and Persona 4. But all the same I love Lionhead's games and I will be eager to see what they 'big secret project' is.

Waaghpowa:

Omnific One:
Great, Fable 4. I really needed another game to ignore.

What game would you ignore?

Mirrors my thoughts exactly...

And I was about to say 'anyone else feel like ____'

should've known better

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Insted of wasting time with Fable, why dosent Lionhead give us some more "Movies" expansion packs!

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Comeon Black and White 3!

Andy Chalk:

Unless my calculations are wrong [which is always a risk] the Lionhead countdown will hit zero 7 pm EST on March 5.

And if I'm wrong (and I'm never wrong) their heading directly into the fire swamp!

But seriously does anyone really care after the bag of dog poo that was Fable 3?

Black & White 3 please. It's been a while since I've been able to to teach my evil turtle to decimate the opposing god's villages with bolts of lightning.

I woonder what the significance of the button on the site is. I hope it's not a button-making sim. Set in Albion, obviously. Why explore Albion when you can stay in a shop all day, making buttons!?

I hope it's a countdown to when they announce studio closure.

fable 1 the remake haheh ... well could be good the first was the best an all

ryo02:
fable 1 the remake haheh ... well could be good the first was the best an all

Am I the only one who thinks that the Fable games have somehow managed to get worse with each installment?

What madness are you planning to unleash upon the world this time, Peter Molyneux?

Waaghpowa:

Omnific One:
Great, Fable 4. I really needed another game to ignore.

What game would you ignore?

Ohh... right.

I have no idea. Also, I have no idea why I'm posting in this topic about Lionhead. Weird.

Andy Chalk:

Lionhead is currently working on Fable: The Journey and in June 2011 he revealed that the studio also has a "super secret second project" on the go. Since the new Fable game is already on the radar, the obvious hope is that the countdown will end in a reveal of the second project - and, since we're casting wishes into the wind, that it'll be a new Magic Carpet.

Hmmm, I don't know, it looks like Lionhead doesn't make any more games that aren't Fable related so their "super secret second project" will be Fable Xbox720 :P haha

maybe it's a countdown for the future-room in the original black & white to finally have some sort of purpose!

or maybe it's nothing interesting...

misterprickly:
Insted of wasting time with Fable, why dosent Lionhead give us some more "Movies" expansion packs!

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You sir, need to be right on this topic.

I spent hundreds of hours playing The Movies with my friends, making terrible movies full of inside jokes that only we would get.

If they did a Kickstarter for The Movies 2, id pledge every penny in my bank account.

I'm seriously hoping for B&W3 but I doubt that Microsoft wants to allow Lionhead to make it because well... it's a PC game and Microsoft loves them some xbox money. I know Lionhead could easily make B&W3 for xbox but it's probably going to be a fable game with great graphics.

Andy Chalk:
Lionhead is currently working on Fable: The Journey and in June 2011 he revealed that the studio also has a "super secret second project" on the go.

Who is "he?" Is there someone named Lionhead who happens to work at Lionhead Studios? That's an interesting coincidence.

It is counting down to a kickstarter. They need to hire someone to keep Peter from overhyping their next game. They make good games but no game can live up to the promises Peter makes.

Mahorfeus:
Am I the only one who thinks that the Fable games have somehow managed to get worse with each installment?

Nah, lots of fable fans think that.

Genuine Evil:
I cant understand the hate towards peter molyneux he is probably the most charismatic figure in gaming . and his games have some of the best art direction I've ever seen.

I like his attitude, but he gets hate for advertising game mechanics that either don't exist or don't work like he says. He has done this for every Fable game.

Mahorfeus:

ryo02:
fable 1 the remake haheh ... well could be good the first was the best an all

Am I the only one who thinks that the Fable games have somehow managed to get worse with each installment?

I think everyone believes they are getting worse with each installment, I don't know anyone who prefers Fable 3 over previous installments

I sort of hope they make Fable 4 and really deliver on everything they say they can do. Fable 2&3 were hyped up so much and they just fell flat. I love the art in those games but they can be dissapointing

Oh man, I have never been so excited for disappointment!

I love countdowns :D

I'm not the only one (we never are) who like Fable 3, so I would like to see what's next! The think I like about Lionhead is that they at least try new things... I know they have a habit of going too far, and failing, but one day, just one day, the optimist in me says that they will release another game that is really good!

I have a feeling that this is a Fable announcement though, as the button looks suspiciously old fashioned... especially with the twine thread!

Or are they releaseing Noddy and Big Ears: Toyland adventures, a GTA clone for kids? (Hmmm... like Simpsons: Hit and Run then...)

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