Although it still requires an always-on Internet connection, Fable Legends is playable solo.
In an FAQ on the Lionhead Studios forums, the developer confirmed anti-social types can go it alone if need be.
“In Fable Legends, you can enjoy all of the game’s content in a single player experience,” it wrote.
“You can play with other people in a four-player cooperative experience. Your party could be all human players, or a mix of players and AI-controlled Heroes. You can switch easily between single player and multiplayer styles of play whenever you decide, or when a friend signs on. During a quest, you can elect to battle a human or an AI Villain.
“As a Villain, you can challenge parties of human players, AI opponents, or mixed groups.”
The FAQ goes on to confirm Kinect support for mini-games and villain voice commands, announce hero customisation, and list a few possible heroes: “Fearless warriors. Cunning tricksters. Masters of Will. Paragons of virtue. Heartless mercenaries. Intoxicated brawlers. Chicken chasers.”
Interestingly, the developer denied that Fable Legends is Fable 4, or that a numbered sequel is inbound.
“Fable Legends is being made with the Fable spirit firmly in mind. However, this is not a continuation of the previous Fable games, especially when it comes to the chronology. It’s a brand new series of adventures at the dawn of an age of Heroes.
“Fable Legends is the only Fable core game in development, and we have no plans to make a sequel to Fable III. However, in Fable Legends you’ll find many of the great features of Fable I, II, and III have been carried forward in our game’s design. That means the world of Albion, exciting stories, quests, humour, light-hearted action, and memorable characters.”
Fable Legends was announced during Microsoft’s gamescom 2013 press briefing. No release date has been set, but beta testing will take place in 2014.