Molyneux: Fable III needs to move 5 million units

Thursday, 11th March 2010 20:04 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Never one to shy away from ambition, Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux said at GDC today that the third in the Fable series needs to significantly pan previous editions in terms of sales.

According to this IGN piece, Molyneux said in his GDC session today that the game needs to sell more than 5 million units.

This isn’t a financial goal, but rather a way of demonstrating the game’s artistic direction is succeeding.

He said that Fable sold 3 million units on the original Xbox, and Fable II sold more than 3.5 million copies on 360.

By moving away from a traditional RPG system to emphasise action and adventure elements, Molyneux said he hoped to get even more people involved.

Pete dropped more hints as to the title’s Natal functions in his speech, saying the motion camera is “wonderfully adaptive” for the game.

John Cleese was confirmed as voicing the game’s butler today. Some new shots made it out, too, as did confirmation of Twitter support.

Fable III releases later this year.



  1. NoxNoctisUmbra

    Fanboi or not.. I agree with everyone. Molyneux needs to shut the fuck up, go back to his office and start to clear out his desk. Shit is coming though his mouth.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. NiceFellow

    Am I the only one feeling a little perturbed that so many titles are desperate to emphasize action over other experiences to appeal to the lowest common denominator?

    Can’t we have any games that are thoughtful and perhaps involve more complex mechanics anymore just for a change of pace?

    Or maybe I’m just getting old…

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Michael O’Connor

    “Fanboi or not.. I agree with everyone. Molyneux needs to shut the fuck up, go back to his office and start to clear out his desk. Shit is coming though his mouth.”

    Director in “talking during public gameplay session” shocker! More at 11!

    #3 5 years ago
  4. hitnrun

    There’s no such thing as a bad reason to tell Peter Molyneux to shut the hell up.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. mtmind2

    @NoxNoctisUmbra who wrote “Molyneux needs to shut the fuck up”

    Sorry, but it’s actually the reverse, it’s gamers like yourself who needs to stfu about PM. ;)

    Really, if you disagree with the CONTENT of what PM has to say, then by all means say so, but enough of the automatic personal attacks please (it’s old and tiresome).

    I’m not a great fan of many of PM’s games, but I’m a fan of his enthusiasm and his ideas. At least he TRIES to do something different with his games, instead of following the same old tried and tested cookie cutter approach of so many game developers out there (something we gamers often complain about, do we not?).

    So yes, his games often falls short of the promises made, yes the games often don’t match the hype, but these misses were born out of the fact that risks were taken to do something *different* in the first place. As gamers, do we really want ALL devs to play it safe ALL the time? Because I certainly don’t!

    Hence success or not, it’s people like PM who help to drive the industry forward, and therefore I’m happy to listen to whatever he has to say (remembering to take some of his comments with a pitch of salt of course :)).

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Blerk

    The number of people who hate on poor old Peter makes me sad. :-(

    #6 5 years ago
  7. NGCes26294BIV

    Peter FTW.

    At least the guy has a fucking opinion.

    #7 5 years ago

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