Random House and Lionhead Announce New Fable Series of Novels & Digital Shorts


Novels and digital shorts to be developed with a FableTM Brand Bible


Lionhead Studios and the Random House Publishing Group and Prima Games—divisions of Random House, Inc—announced today an agreement to create a broad line of products set to expand the universe of Fable, the multimillion copy selling series of video games.

The agreement will support the release of the upcoming games Fable: The Journey as well as Fable: Heroes, and will encompass two novels, multiple digital shorts, a comprehensive world bible, and a strategy guide.  The first novel, FABLE: AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, written by New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden, will bridge the events of Fable III and the upcoming Fable: The Journey, and is scheduled to release in August 2012.

Releasing prior to the novel’s publication, and closely-timed to the release of Fable: Heroes, will be three digital shorts written by bestselling author Peter David, focusing on key characters from the Fable universe.  Each short will be available on all major e-reading platforms, and release as follows:

FABLE: REAVER – May 2012
FABLE: JACK OF BLADES – May 2012
FABLE: THERESA– June 2012

More details on the content and publication dates of the second novel—and on the Fable: Journey Prima strategy guide—will be revealed in the coming months.

In addition, Random House Worlds, the Random House Publishing Group’s intellectual property creation and development group, will develop the internal IP bible for the Fable universe. The bible will be a living document that will cover all previously-released Fable products and serve as a comprehensive reference for any creators working in the Fable world.

“There are so many components of this collaboration that are exciting to us,” said Keith Clayton, associate publisher of Del Rey and creative director at Random House Worlds. “Working closely with Lionhead and Prima, we have a consistent content strategy that starts with the Fable IP bible and leads directly to the release of high-quality Fable products, in both the physical and digital space.”

“The Fable canon – the stories, characters and gameplay that we’ve crafted for many years, is near and dear to the hearts of our loyal fans and the employees at Lionhead Studios,” said Gareth Sutcliffe, business manager for Lionhead Studios. “We believe Random House Worlds will do an excellent job representing our storied franchise and creating assets our fans will find highly valuable.”

About  Fable: The Journey:

You are the controller and the hero. Powered exclusively by Kinect for Xbox 360, “Fable: The Journey” is a whole new way to experience the deep storyline, heart-pounding action and picturesque world of Albion that fans have come to know and love about the “Fable” franchise. From the new first-person perspective of Gabriel, a young dweller who has lost his tribe, you will come to the aid of the ailing and mysterious Theresa, who thrusts you into an action-packed adventure full of dangerous enemies, hair-raising chases and humorous characters. As you traverse through dangerous lands with your horse by your side, you will learn to master magic as a deadly weapon, defend yourself in combat and solve puzzles on your journey to becoming a hero.

 

“Fable: The Journey” is inspired by the action-packed and critically acclaimed “Fable” franchise that has captivated audiences worldwide since 2004 and sold more than 10 million copies.

About Fable: Heroes
“Fable Heroes” is an action-packed, hack-and-slash adventure built for Xbox LIVE Arcade. It delivers a fresh spin on the “Fable” franchise with a unique art style and gameplay that takes playful competition to the next level, with four-player multiplayer time trials and leaderboards on Xbox LIVE.* Whether on the couch or using Xbox LIVE co-op, players work together to defeat enemies while also competing with one another to collect gold coins and level up.

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