During a GDC 2015 session, titled Fable Legends: Cross-device Gameplay with Xbox Live, Lionhead's Engineering Lead Raymond Arifianto, detailed more information regarding Fable Legends' server structure. The team initially tested P2P networking, but decided to go with dedicated servers in order to provide the best experience possible for users. It will be using the Xbox cloud compute, similarly to Titanfall and Forza Motorsport.
This will result in multiple advantages, such as extra security, and being able to run all the simulation, physics, damage calculations etc. on the server-side. There's also the added benefit of no host advantage, and the added bonus of solving potential NAT issues.
Arifianto explained that a platform wide solution for cross-device voice chat between Windows 10 and Xbox One will be available later this year. Fable Legends will be completely platform agnostic, so gamers will be unable to see what platform others are using. All progress, achievements and purchases will carry over between different versions of the game, something quite interesting. Fable Legends will be the first DirectX 12 game in production, and the first Fable game with a multiplayer focus and a Free-to-Play model.
Set several hundred years before the events of the first Fable game, Fable Legends takes you back to Fable’s dark fairytale roots, to a time when Albion is young and full of raw magic. The Old Kingdom has fallen, and a wilder land grows out of the ruins, dangerous and ripe for adventure. Patchworks of primitive villages and towns huddle together in a sea of hostile wilderness.
In Fable Legends you will never be alone
In “Fable Legends”, you’re never completely alone. You can play the game single player, with a party of three heroic AI companions that follow your lead through stories and adventures. Or you can play cooperatively with up to three friends and discover the game’s quests and content together. Play whatever style you want, when you want. After all, you’re the Hero. And just what kind of Hero you choose to play is up to you. “Fable Legends” takes you back to a time when Albion is teeming with Heroes, so there’s bound to be one for you. Fearless warriors. Cunning tricksters. Masters of Will. Paragons of virtue. Heartless mercenaries. Intoxicated brawlers. Chicken chasers. They’re all here, and many more besides. You’ll be able to customize your abilities, alter your appearance, and advance your Hero by earning experience and finding new armour, weapons, and treasures.
Fable Legends does not have a specific release date yet but it is stated to release within the year. "The development team is hard at work building characters, creatures, quests, and everything we need to bring Albion back to life." A multiplayer beta will be arriving in the Fall, and you can sign up at www.fablelegends.com. We will bring you any more information on Fable Legends as it becomes available.