Lionhead Studios - Fable Legends
Lionhead were one of Microsoft Studios most prolific game development studios. Based in Guildford, UK Lionhead have an extremely long legacy within the videogames industry and has been home to many of the industries most significant contributors. Sadly in 2016 Microsoft took the decision to close the studio but for the preceding two years Moov2 were privileged to work with them as their development partner to build the website for their debut Xbox One title, Fable Legends.
To excite and inform
During the early announcement phase of the game development, the main objective of the website was to excite and inform Lionhead's huge global audience.
To do so we made use of the latest HTML5 technologies such as video, audio and CSS animations to provide an immersive experience supportive of the games own style and setting.
Animation and audio
The Fable series is known for it's quintessentially British humour, we used animation and audio provided by the phenomenal game artists and sound engineers to incorporate this aspect into an interactive character discovery experience.
Extensive use of HTML5 video was made throughout the site from backgrounds to full frame video experiences with complimentary prompts and queue points offering further information.
Lionhead knew that mobile had to be considered a first class citizen in order to best represent their “next gen” title so the website was developed to offer a full experience on any modern device.
The website had to cater for content manageability as new details about the game were going to be released frequently. We built the site using the Orchard framework which afforded the great levels of customisation that were required. Custom modules were developed to facilitate many of the sites features including character animations, video backgrounds and social Facebook/Twitter feeds.
The Fable Legends website was announced alongside the first gameplay footage during the 2014 E3 keynote talk.
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In addition to offering details of the game, the site also had to facilitate a beta sign up process where gamers could register their interest in becoming an early beta tester of the game. This is a desirable proposition and announcing at such a large event would mean the site would likely receive a large volume of traffic in a short space of time.
Azure cloud hosting
With this in mind, Lionhead had opted to host the site on Microsoft's Azure platform which could be scaled up to suit the expected capacity. This infrastructure coupled with some effective use of Orchard's Azure integration allowed the website to stand up to the huge demand users placed on it.
Moov2 have had a long affiliation with the Microsoft UK developer experience team and have collaborated on several community events.