The best thing about Fable: The Journey is its horse

Well, that’s if our favourite, hyperbole spewing developer veteran is to be believed. During  a talk at the annual Gamelab Conference in Spain, Peter Molyneux divulged more information on upcoming, totally-not-on-rails Lionhead project,  Fable: The Journey.

For those of us still pining over the death of Milo and Kate, pine no more because a vast majority of the technology we saw demoed at that fateful E3 presentation two years ago has made its way into the next Fable game. On top of that piece of information, Molyneux highlighted the importance of the horse glimpsed briefly during the 2011 E3 presentation of The Journey.

“This horse is one of the most amazing things we’ve ever created. He’s going to have so much feeling for you. Think about combining the creature from Black and White, the dog from Fable and my hamster from when I was a child. I definitely want to make you cry. I want there to be a lump in your throat. I want you to remember this for the rest of your life. Why would I want to make a game that didn’t do that?”

Whew boy, there’s the Peter we know and love. I’m pretty sure he wanted to make us cry in Fable II with the dog as well; that didn’t really happen for me. Maybe third time lucky?

The other aspect of Fable: The Journey that got Molyneux all excited (that’s a superfluous statement right there) was how it could be played using Kinect, but (wait for it) sitting down. No way!

“Some people in the audience will be thinking, I don’t want to use Kinect. I don’t want to jump around all over the place – I want to sit down. That’s only thinking of the negatives. Think about the positives about Kinect. The wonderful, amazing thing about Kinect is that it can see you. The most amazing thing about The Journey is that you can play it sitting down. If I’m going to tell the most emotional story in the Fable saga, you’ll have to be relaxed.”

Sounds like this game is going to have ship with Fable branded tissues or something. If it’s not the horse that’ll make you cry, it’ll be the emotional story.

In case all his talk about Fable: The Journey didn’t register high enough on the audience’s hype-o-metre, Molyneux let slip that Lionhead Studios is currently working on a “super secret second project” that he couldn’t possibly discuss in detail as yet. Pray that it is not a Kinect enabled Black & White.