Fable II pushed the boundaries of emotional attachment in games with the ability to find a wife, buy a house, settle down and have children… To cheat on or completely abandon at will. Though some gamers were left wondering why none of this was possible with your real friends when they joined your game. It may have had something to do with the fact anyone invited into your version of Albion was a nameless, generic henchman/woman. Lionhead plan on fixing all of these problems this time around with Fable III.
People seemed relatively happy with the fiend orb system that fable II implemented, where anyone on your friends list playing at the same time as you also in the same area, would show up as a little gamerpic orb, even activating voice chat (prompting the use of specific towns in Fable II as meeting places for an early form of party chat). This has not changed, but from then on things get much more interesting. When a friend joins your game, rather than picking a nameless henchman, your buddie’s character, XP and even their dog is loaded into your game, giving a much more personal co-op feel than the prequel. The days of staying within a predetermined distance to your partner are also gone, even giving both characters the chance to carry out quests alone on the other side of the map.
That is far from all, Fable III promises to be the first game enabling you to marry your co-op friend! Not impressed? Think about it a little more… With a game focusing so much on character relationships, and the fact Fable III will end up with you ruling Albion, you and a friend could rule over the land together! As king and queen, or king and king… Or queen and queen.
But what kind of family would you be without kids? In what could prove to be a hilarious conversation starter in party chat, you and your newly wedded friend will be able to get down and dirty and eventually have children. Your new spouse will now have to keep your new family happy just as much as you. On the other hand, if you already have a full NPC family, your friends can simply join your game and hit on your husband/wife, but what kind of friend does that? This much responsibility for your co-op partner is an exciting prospect, assuming you have someone trustworthy enough on your friend list.
But wait… Even more! Ever wanted to have an in game business partner? Now you can! A snippet from this month’s issue of OXM UK explains:
Players can even become business partners and pool their money to, for example, pay for property that is too expensive for either to afford alone
“For example”? Does this mean there could be a lot more to this “money pooling” mechanic? Let’s hope so! Fable III is set for release later this year. How excited are you for Lionhead’s next emotional roller coaster? Let us know!
Source: Official Xbox Magazine UK