A team of former Lionhead Studios developers has announced a new digital card game based on the dissolved studio's Fable franchise.

Fable Fortune was under development at Lionhead for 18 months before Microsoft's recent closure of the feted studio.

The free-to-play game is now housed at new indie studio Flaming Fowl, licensing the Fable name from Microsoft.

Aimed at "improving the [CCG] genre," the game features similar play to the genre king Hearthstone, but adds quests, co-op play against AI bosses, and leveling for frequently-used cards.

Cards can be morphed into new forms via "good" or "evil" choices, much as in the Fable series proper.

The 3D art style will be based on released and unreleased Fable content, and the game will sport a similar sense of humour to its franchise predecessors.

Developer Mike West commented to IGN on the state of the franchise: "If you want a Fable game," he said, "at the moment, this is your Fable game."

A Kickstarter will launch tomorrow, with the aim of raising £250,000 in four weeks.

Fable Fortune is expected to release in early 2017.