We keep bringing you the news about HD remakes of retro games, and they keep coming. The original Fable is the latest game that is set to receive a touch-up by the HD painting brush, when it is due for release on the Xbox 360 this Holiday.
The first Fable was pretty much loved by most that played it, and is the high point of a series that tends to be defined by disappointment. Plenty of people who played the game on the old Xbox had been requesting a version to play on their 360’s and Microsoft was happy to oblige. Sadly though, at this point at least it seems like the Xbox One will not be seeing a conversion, which seems strange considering the timing of the release. Is this a further indication that Microsoft will be continuing to support the 360 following the launch of their new console?
Regardless, the new version of Fable is at least more than just an HD remaster. Fable Anniversary as it will be known (putting it in line with the Halo Anniversary remake of a couple of years ago), will offer Achievements, SmartGlass integration, a remade lighting and facial expressions system and updated textures and models throughout. It will also include the additional ‘Lost Chapters’.
Ted Timmins, the lead designer on the game, calls it “The game that Fable fans have been demanding for years.” He also explained that the new Achievements will try to do something a little different: “Fable has always been about choice and consequence, so we’re trying to put that into our Achievements.”
If Fable Anniversary does indeed release on Xbox 360 and not Xbox One however it raises an interesting question about all of the HD remakes of classic games we have bought both as retail copies and digitally over the last couple of years, in that a lack of backwards compatibility means they will be unplayable on the next generation of consoles. As much as I have treasured my copies of games like Daytona USA, Nights and Jet Set Radio, will they be re-re-released once again on the new consoles in a few years time? If so, then what can they do to stop these titles feeling like a rip-off as surely there is a limit to how much the graphics can be spruced up any more than the current versions have allowed? In a way this is where the Apple and Steam model works so much better, as you have a library of classic games that you can play even when you upgrade your system. Anyway, rant over – what do you guys think?