Fable Fortune, RPG series’ CCG spinoff launching soon

Fable Fortune

Update, Correction: It does appear that Steam players can play with and against XBox and Windows 10 owners of the game, which is nice.

After seven months in early access to hammer it into ship-shape, RPG-turned-CCG Fable Fortune just about ready for launch. With an official release date of February 22nd, it’ll be rolling out on Microsoft consoles and PC as a free-to-play title, with existing early adopters getting a few perks with their Founders Pack purchase.

Hearthstone probably isn’t shaking in its boots, but this one does at least look to be a reasonably polished looking take on the ‘light’ CCG genre, filling its playfield with chunky cardboard stand-ups after summoning, and buoyed somewhat by the whimsical, fairytale-with-knobs-on aesthetic of the Fable franchise.

Fortune at least has a few ideas of its own up its sleeve. As with the RPG series it’s based on, you’ll occasionally be asked to pick between a Good or Evil resolution to quests, which result in changed character abilities and even altering some cards. Still, it’s hard to shake that this is the latest in a long line of would-be Hearthstone competitors, and this one is hanging its reputation on an especially strained brand name. Especially so now that Lionhead, Big Blue Box and a multitude of other Fable-related outfits have closed their doors, leaving a chain of cancelled projects in their wake.

Interestingly, the game is set for release on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam. While I’d hope that Microsoft would let down their guard a little, I can only assume this means that Steam-version owners will be locked out of any cross-platform play, only able to interact with other Steam owners of the game. Splitting your community like that before the game is even out isn’t going to help a new CCG find its footing in an already brutally competitive market, especially when the game is building its name on the back of Fable of all things. It’s hard not to be a little cynical after seeing far more immediately tempting games shut down for less.

It’s also not that great of a sign that after taking a quick peek at Steamcharts (which, while unofficial, skims its live data quite accurately from Steam), I notice that the Steam version of the game currently has zero players online, down from its January average player-count of… five. I feel like I’m already carving a final tombstone for the Fable franchise here, and I hope so desperately that I’m wrong, but I guess there’s only so much you can do with boilerplate fantasy, strained British humor and a ham-fisted morality system.

Fable Fortune will be out on XBox One/Windows 10 via their shared storefront, and Steam simultaneously on February 22nd. The game will be free to play at launch.

5 Comments

  1. andregurov says:

    From those of us who have already been playing: full crossplay between Steam and Windows/XBOX users has been active since its early access launch. There have been some hiccups, but it has worked quite well. And the game? Well, it is quite a bit of fun, particularly the co-op mode. It may not cause Blizzard to shake in their (quite large, roomy, and very well made) boots but the game has loads of personality and you can sink a good bit of time in it. Hopefully it connects with the masses. It already has with me.

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      Ah, good to hear that’s the case. I looked at the Steam forums and dug around a bit and all I could find were people saying that Steam users were cordoned off.

      Always happy to hear some good news. Although that PC/Steam player-count is worrying.

  2. lyralamperouge says:

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  3. somnolentsurfer says:

    Presumably it would be overly optimistic to take this as a sign of Microsoft bringing any of their other recent games (or even Fable 2/3) to Steam.

    • malkav11 says:

      I was like “what? But Fable 3 -is- on Steam. I have it in my Steam library right now!” And indeed I do. But apparently it’s not sold anymore as it relied on Games for Windows key generation. So, yeah, I doubt it’ll be coming back anytime soon. :/