Peter Molyneux: "Fable 3 Was a Trainwreck"

Fable creator Peter Molyneux says he’ll never make a perfect game, citing Fable III as a major disappointment.

It’s pretty uncommon for a game designer to openly trash their own work, but in a recent interview with Develop, that’s exactly what Fable creator Peter Molyneux did.

At this month’s Casual Connect, Molyneux discussed with the publication why he’d never be able to create his perfect game - using the Fable series as an example. Molyneux said in the interview: 

“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 end result however was not the “perfect jewel” the designer had in mind. While he didn’t think the game was bad, Molyneux found the game flawed and strove for improvement in future installments.

Looking back, he considers Fable 2 a "step in the right direction,” but isn’t so eager to defend Fable 3.

"I think Fable III was a trainwreck."

"It was built to be much bigger than what it was constrained to be and eventually ended up as... 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."

While Molyneux may have been disappointed with the game, he seems to be in the minority.  Fable 3 received generally positive reviews since it's release in 2010 – far from the train wreck he perceives it as.  

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Published Jun. 15th 2020
  • S2riker
    Nice article, an interesting piece of news that I hadn't seen posted elsewhere.
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    Fable 3 is, by far, the worst out of the Fable games and basically borderlines on being "bad". Reviews are not something you can use to gauge a game by, because I think we all know how unreliable 'professional' reviews are thanks to PR ties.

    It's honestly not a surprise he feels that way. Talk to fans of the series and the vast majority agree Fable 3 is something to swept under a rug and never talked about ever again.
  • [[Deleted]]
    I agree, you can't rely on review's anymore. For a while, home-made reviews were good but now it seems like the only ones you can find are nothing but a slam fest.

    How many top-rated games have I hated, more than I care to count, and the same can be said vice versa theirs been a ton of games I've been addicted to that got generally poor reviews.

    And their will always be projects that your not proud of, I've had few vehicle wraps that even thought he customer was happy with, didn't turn out nearly as good as I had initially envisioned. Its not that their bad, but I'd still consider them a trainwreck, it happens to everyone and I applaud Molyneux for having the guts to admit it about his own work.

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