The free-to-play MOBA style game from Lionhead Studios, Fable Legends, is currently undergoing closed beta testing. The game has a non-disclosure agreement slapped all over it in the user agreements like peppercorn in salami.
Gamespot did a write-up on the leak that came from off of /r/Gaming on Reddit, where user Fiend1138 linked to an imgur post with the prices of the microtransaction packages and wrote “Here’s one reason Fable Legends is going to suck”.
If the image is taken down for whatever reason or you’re unable to view it, the pricing for each of microtransaction packs can be viewed below.
Pound of Gold (850 pieces) — $5
Mark of Gold (1850 pieces) — $10
Stone of Gold (2850 pieces) – $15
Hundredweight of Gold (6000 pieces) – $30
Ton of Gold (12,800 pieces) – $60
Lionhead Studios received some backlash after the image spread around. They responded on Twitter to some of the users throwing textual peppercorn at them by pointing users to the FAQ page on the official Fable Legends website to describe how the payment model works for the free-to-play game.
— Lionhead Studios (@LionheadStudios) December 23, 2015
There’s a video on the website discussing how the game is free-to-play with microtransactions.
Game Director David Eckelberry takes some time to talk about todays announcement that Fable Legends will be free to play!
The user who originally posted the image of the microtransaction is probably working hard to evade Lionhead Studios because they took some extra measures to find anyone breaking the NDA, as noted in a tweet that explained why users have their GamerTag plastered all over the screen like undisclosed affiliate links on VG 24/7.
@Drewtownsend51 Well, we wouldn't use those words personally, but yes – it's so we can track people that break NDA by streaming or pictures.
— Lionhead Studios (@LionheadStudios) December 24, 2015
The microtransaction prices has caused some discussion about the pricing of free-to-play games and value for the amount of money spent on a free-to-play title. It’s a tricky situation for a developer, one where a company rarely finds that sweet spot. Digital Extremes managed to hit the bullseye perfectly with Warframe and have been reaping a lot of positive feedback and financial support in response. But not everyone is Digital Extremes.
We’ll see how Lionhead Studios continues to acclimate Fable Legends as it moves through the beta phase and toward its 2016 release on the Xbox One and Windows 10 for PCs.