Glasgow, UK, November 28th 2013 --- CGI Studio, Axis, in collaboration with Microsoft’s Lionhead Studios, proudly announces its participation in the creation of the debut trailer for “Fable Legends” which premiered at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
“Fable Legends” is the latest installment in the award winning “Fable” franchise for Xbox and will unite the classic gameplay that players have come to love from the series with all of the next-generation capabilities of Xbox One. In the announcement trailer, Axis and trailer Director Ben Hibon take you back to Albion, a world of magic, humour, adventure, thrilling stories, and exceptional characters.
Will you choose to be a Hero or a Villain? In “Fable Legends” the fate of Albion is in your hands, and key “Fable” themes of teamwork, choice, good and evil are the cornerstones reflected in this trailer’s story. The trailer draws you into a theatrical world of storytellers, heroes and legends, as the layers of theatre are peeled away to reveal a sinister twist.
“The trailer explores our universal desire to play as the hero – our instinctive inclination to choose the good side, but asks the question what if the villain had been running the show all along?” said Ben Hibon, Director.
The trailer opens in Albion village square where we are led into the stylised world of a travelling theatre introducing each character in turn. Following our introduction the perfect heroic team are transported to reality where they face down a range of creatures big and small.
“’Fable’ has always had the perfect blend of story, action and comedy.” said Richard Scott, Axis Managing Director and Executive Producer. “Each of the characters personalities had to shine through and there are some perfect moments of exchanged looks and gestures between them that add humour and charm.”
The animated story is beautifully elevated by the narration provided by the legendary British actor and star of the Harry Potter movies Michael Gambon.
“Michael Gambon has the quintessential storytellers voice and he can turn on just the right amount of menace when needed.” said Hibon.
The Axis team led by CG Supervisor Sergio Caires met challenges in a number of creative and technical areas of the project. The art direction of “Fable Legends” has a level of stylization to it. The Axis team had to find the right balance between how that style influenced things like character silhouettes but also the need to bring a level of realism to things like the surface shading on objects.
Animation was another interesting area. Keyframe animation seemed like the obvious approach but timescales meant the Axis team needed a more hybrid approach. The decision was made to use motion capture from The Imaginarium which was exaggerated almost at source giving Ben Hibon the strong poses he was looking for.
Response to the trailer has been extremely positive as “Fable” fans new and old are preparing to re-enter the magical world of Albion.
“We considered and discussed the trailer with several studios earlier this year,” said David Eckelberry, Game Director of Fable Legends. “We quickly locked on Axis and never regretted it. From the preliminary discussion phase, Ben Hibon and Axis had two qualities that made it all work. First, their artistic energy and imagination. Axis instantly understood what we wanted to do with Fable Legends, and then took an initial pitch and brought it to life. They brought fresh ideas to the table, and developed characters and concepts that inspired us as much as eventually it would the fans. Equally important, the collaboration along the way was open and honest, and that made it possible to produce a great video trailer, in relatively short time.”
Axis is a leader in CGI animation for a variety of gaming, film and television based projects. The company is based in the United Kingdom, with a global clientele and boasts one of the largest CGI production staffs in the UK. Some of Axis’ recent projects include the Cannes Lions award winning trailer for Dead Island, Aliens: Colonial Marine, Street Fighter X Tekken and Age of Empires Online. Axis’ commercial clients include Saatchi & Saatchi, TBWA/London and AKQA. The company also works with television production companies BBC, CBBC, MTV, The Disney Channel, and Endemol. www.axisanimation.com
About Lionhead Studios
Lionhead Studios is based in Guildford, England, and was founded in 1997. The studio’s first game, “Black & White” for PC, was released in 2001, and worldwide sales of it have topped 2 million copies. “Fable” for Xbox and “Fable: The Lost Chapters” for Xbox and Windows have collectively also sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, and the numbers continue to climb, making “Fable” one of the top-selling Xbox titles of all time. “Fable: The Lost Chapters” and two further titles, “Black & White 2” and “The Movies,” were all released in fall 2005. Lionhead was backed by three venture capital funds — IDG Ventures Europe, Add Partners and Ingenious Ventures. For more information about Lionhead Studios, visit http://www.lionhead.com.
About “Fable Legends”
“Fable Legends” unites the classic gameplay that players have come to love from the series with all of the next-generation capabilities of Xbox One. For the first time, grab your friends and go on adventures - up to four Heroes can cooperatively discover the quests and stories of Albion. Or, play the villain where you can mastermind the game in real time. “Fable Legends” takes advantage of the graphical processing power of Xbox One, and when coupled with Unreal Engine 4, delivers a rich and beautiful world.
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