Recent news has not been favorable for the Fable franchise after the shutting down of Lionhead but Flaming Fowl Studios, comprising of ex-Lionhead developers, is bringing gamers back to the world of Albion in Fable Fortune though not as the game you expect. Currently in Closed Beta Fable Fortune is a collectible card game where you take on other players, success rewarding you with gold you can spend on card packs. Some similar games to this would include Hearthstone or the upcoming Elder Scrolls Legends.
Five different game modes are available in the build I played. These include two PvP modes, a co-op mode where you and another player team up to face a powerful foe, a unique event that has players start with ten gold, and a training mode. In Fable Fortune it is your goal to reduce your opponents hero's health to zero. You can do this by summoning monsters, using one-time cards, and even using hero abilities. Just as you're trying to take down your opponent though your opponent will also have the same objective in mind, forcing you to defend. Monsters that you play will have a cost, an attack, and health. You start your first turn with three gold to spend and each turn you can spend one more until you can spend ten gold per turn.
Fable Fortune adds a Fable spin on the genre, not only with themed characters, monsters, and items but with a quest and morality system allowing you to grow your hero as the game continues. At the start of each game, you will pick a quest that you want to partake in. They are usually something along the lines of summoning a certain number of monsters or spending an amount of gold. Upon the completion of these quests, you will get to decide whether you want to gain a "good" ability that will help you or an "evil" ability that will hurt your enemy. Once you've received your reward, then you will get to pick a new quest to continue on with.
There are six playable heroes; Alchemist, Gravedigger, Knight, Merchant, Prophet, and Shape Shifter. Each of these heroes has a different style of play from all out offense to using potions to buff and create combos. Flaming Fowl have done a good job to introduce each of the characters to you. Before making a decision, you will not only get a chance to see what cards they have in their deck and what abilities they can use, but you also get a history of the character and a brief strengths segment, so you know what you're getting into if you choose to play as them.
Fable Fortune started its life on Kickstarter asking for $250,000 but it was recently removed by Flaming Fowl Studios as they have received outside funding ensuring that the game will be published. It's a fun concept for a game mixing the vivid characters of the Fable world, a morale system to change your hero as they develop, and the fun fast paced battles that you will have. It's a game that you can get into at a beginner level and will find more depth as you play collecting more cards and refining strategies.
Fable Fortune was previewed on PC via Steam with a code provided by the developer