Fable Legends will deliver a lot of firsts for the Fable franchise, but outside of the obvious things like the game going free-to-play, are things like new creatures and characters. Lionhead Studios has done a great job of re-imagining what Fable can be, and succeeding in that pursuit largely depends on the creatures and characters in the game.
There are a slew of beings that are newcomers to the Fable franchise, but among the first-timers in Fable Legends, are the creatures known as Redcaps. In a fan Q&A on Fable Legends’ site, Fable Legends Game Director David Eckelberry talked about Redcaps were ultimately created.
“As one of the first creatures we built during the Fable Legends, we needed a creature that didn’t have a lot of preconceptions for its role or behaviour. This was a low- to medium-threat minion for the Heroes to fight against, and for the Villain to control. And we didn’t want to assume it would be, for example, cowardly like a hobbe or as scary and menacing as a balverine,” Eckelberry said.
Creating something that doesn’t already have expectations or preconceived notions is actually quite freeing from a creative standpoint. From there, the development team doesn’t need to worry about how the final version of the creature will end up.
Lionhead Studios describes Redcaps as a “halberd-armed foot soldier and catapult-toting skullchucks, to their will-using shamans. Redcaps are a common sight in Rosewood and represent a real danger to the unwary traveler.”
According to Eckelberry, Redcaps are actually real creatures of Scottish folklore, even though they have their own Fable flare to them. Once an idea is expressed on paper though, it is far easier to flesh it out and develop it from there. Eckelberry went on to talk about the concept visuals Fable‘s creative team conjured up.
“After that, the Fable concept art team spun out lots of ideas that looked visually interesting and a bit more primeval, to represent this earlier era of Albion. Longtime Fable artist Mike McCarthy produced a concept piece of art for the redcap, and we loved it,” Eckelberry said.
When Fable Legends ultimately releases, the game will be available on Xbox One and PC. The game is going to support cross-platform multiplayer for the first-time in series history. Fable Legends‘ multiplayer beta is going on right now and you can sign-up for it here. With E3 2015 coming up soon, we’ll be sure to update you on any news that comes out of the event.