Peter Molyneux: Fable 3 Is A “Trainwreck”

Fable creator and games industry vet Peter Molyneux has called Fable 3 a “trainwreck”, admitting that the final product was “flawed.” Molyneux, in an interview with Develop, admitted to the game failing to live up to his vision and understands the frustration and complaints geared towards the final product.

“I think Fable III was a trainwreck,” the former Lionhead boss said. “It was built to be much bigger than what it was constrained to be and eventually ended up as.

“In my mind, as a designer, whenever I’m making a game I have this perfect jewel in mind. Fable for me was this beautiful, incredible, amusing, funny, artistic, wonderful gem of a game that anyone could play, that tugged on the heartstrings and that was instantly engaging.

“The gem that was in my mind has never come to be, it’s always flawed in some way. I thought Fable I – when you consider that it was the first game I ever did of that type – wasn’t bad. It was hugely flawed in some senses, and there were technical issues like the animation didn’t work but it wasn’t bad.

“I think Fable II was a step in the right direction. If I had my time again, I’d take the advances we made from Fable I to Fable II, I’d make the same advances from Fable II to Fable III and spend another entire year working on Fable III. But would it be that perfect gem that’s in my mind? No.”

Elsewhere in the interview Molyneux also explained that the promising statements he used to make concerning his products were unfiltered. He was talking out of passion, without the reality of his comments ever setting in.

Despite Molyneux leaving Lionhead Studios and Microsoft a couple of years ago, he is currently working on a successful Kickstarter funded game called Godus with his studio 22Cans. Here’s hoping the new project can live up to his own expectations.