Fable Universe Expands To Novels And Digital Shorts
Get it? Universe. Expands. Because… oh never mind.
Lionhead Studios together with Random House have announced plans to expand the Fable universe with two novels, multiple digital shorts, a comprehensive “world bible” as well as a strategy guide to support the releases of Fable: Heroes and Fable: The Journey.
Accruing quite the media stable there, aren’t we, mister Molyneux? Oh right, he left. No wonder there’s sudden creative freedom from the studio.
Three digital shorts will focus on key characters from the series and should be available on all major e-reading platforms as early as May, when Fable: Heroes releases.
The first of the novels; Fable: At The Edge Of The World, will be written by Christie Golden, who is a New York Times bestselling author, whatever that means to the rest of us. The novel will aim to bridge the timeline between Fable III and The Journey, and launches in August.
The Fable bible “will be a living document that will cover all previously-released Fable products and serve as a comprehensive reference for any creators working in the Fable world.”
Is it just me that sees the brilliance of using the words “Fable” and “bible” in a sentence? Yes? No?
“The Fable canon – the stories, characters and gameplay that we’ve crafted for many years, is near and dear to the hearts of our loyal fans and the employees at Lionhead Studios,” said business manager Gareth Sutcliffe.
“We believe Random House Worlds will do an excellent job representing our storied franchise and creating assets our fans will find highly valuable.”
All of this content will no doubt compliment the already-released three flagship Fable titles, all of which have received some element of success in terms of both sales and critical reception.
The difference here is that the ‘Neux hasn’t begun talking any of it up… nor will he ever, now.
Do you agree with the direction Lionhead is taking their franchise? It does seem very EA-esque, doesn’t it? Making every possible form of media to complement a franchise a la Dead Space. The question is; will it serve to aid or hinder the series’ growth?