Lionhead and Fable Legends might be dead, but new indie developer Flaming Fowl Studios is bringing a new Fable to the table. The studio's first title will be Fable Fortune, a free-to-play digital card game that was in the works before Lionhead was shuttered. Flaming Fowl will be launching a Kickstarter for Fable Fortune on Tuesday May 31 at 10am ET/7am PT.
Microsoft offered the Fable license to the team of ex-Lionhead staffers Craig Oman, Mike West and Marcus Lynn in order to finish their game. Unfortunately, Microsoft is not willing to publish the title, so the team is turning to Kickstarter.
"We're looking to build this game with the fans and then potentially morph and change things about the game over time. This is our starting position - we need to find out what people want from a CCG, and we're ready to talk to them," West told IGN in an interview.
The screenshots show a Fable game that's very much like Blizzard's Hearthstone, but Flaming Fowl is hoping the Fable name and British humor will differentiate the title. The team is also adding mid-match quests - casting certain card types or making good/evil choices - that can give players new powers and abilities, changing the flow of a match.
"I think this is something that Fable fans are going to enjoy," Oman told IGN. "We're definitely very keen to keep giving them new and interesting things. We have the ability to add new creatures and characters to this game and the world of Albion. I think we can certainly give them that Fable fix that they'll be looking for."
The team plans to release the game in early 2017 if the funding drive is successful.