There has been an uproar within the Fable community that has been going since it was revealed that the Witcher series is being looked to as an inspiration. Now, this has a lot of merit to it as an idea. There has been a severe backlash to it. In some regards, this makes sense given the Fable series’ previous identity and style, but there are some other things the devs are also considering. So, let’s go ahead and break down what this wording means, what it would do to a Fable title, and why many fans are so opposed.
What do they mean by Witcher-like?
There are a lot of facets when someone says the word Witcher-like, so you have to consider the actual meaning. In general, this would be examined with some of the phrases they used to see what their angle would be. Unfortunately, they have not said what parts of the Witcher games would be their inspiration for the coming games. So, let’s see a few aspects that they could use and people may issue they are using.
What elements could they use for a Fable game?
The first is the idea of realism and the dark tone of the Witcher games being used for Fable. This is the one that most fans are concerned about and, in my opinion, is the least likely to be used. Making the game look a little robust wouldn’t hurt, but I don’t think realism or grim dark is where the studio will take the game.
The second is the world size and interactive elements. They likely meant this because it would integrate quite well with the other Fable elements. Most games today have these features, and it would be easy to see them used here.
The last aspect would be the Witcher games’ interactive and borderline cinematic nature. This is the one that I also suspect they would want to utilize, as it would work well with some of the storytelling methods that Fable has used before.
What would this do for a Fable game?
What these kinds of changes could do for the Fable game would be to make it playable for the current generation. One of the biggest issues that the Fable series has had to overcome were a series of technical letdowns and, at times, underwhelming fan response. It would be nice if the series could get into the limelight, it deserves and take its proper spot among the fantasy games of the next generation. With these changes, it is very well possible that we could see this happen with this next game.
While many of the Fable fans that have heard this news have reacted with less than enthusiastic responses, it is important to keep an open mind. We don’t know what the developers meant when they said this, but we do have an idea of what it could do for the series. It is important to keep this in mind as we wait for more news.