After today’s earlier teaser trailer Microsoft and Lionhead have confirmed the existence of a HD remake of the original Fable, titled Fable Anniversary. The confirmation came via a Podcast hosted by Major Nelson.
Fable Anniversary is going to present the original game redone in full 1080p graphics with new lighting, textures, models, facial and cut scene animations and more so that it can proudly stand alongside other Xbox 360 titles.
That’s not all, though, because the game will apparently also feature a redesigned user interface, nearly non-existant loading times, a revamped save system and Achievements.
“We’re really excited to bring ‘Fable’ to Xbox 360,” said Ted Timmins, Lead Designer on “Fable Anniversary.” “It’s the game that the ‘Fable’ community has been asking for, so we wanted to make sure ‘Fable Anniversary’ delivered the definitive ‘Fable’ experience for both long-time fans and newcomers to the franchise.”
It was also confirmed that Fable Anniversary will have SmartGlass support, although in what sense remains to be seen.
And yes, for anyone wondering Fable Anniversary will also include the Lost Chapters DLC.
I’ve said it before, usually I don’t support HD remakes, mostly because they tend to be lazily done with developers simply upscaling the graphics and throwing it on the market. However, Fable Anniversary looks to be getting the proper high-def treatment – just go and look at the picture at the top of this article. it also helps that I’ve got a bit of a soft sport for the original Fable. It was a fantastic game for its time, and even holds up well today in its current form.
Fable Anniversary is currently scheduled for a release sometime this holiday season on Xbox 360.