Microsoft is working to bring back the Fable series, according to a report by Eurogamer.
According to sources close to Eurogamer, Microsoft is bringing in Forza Horizon studio Playground Games to develop a “brand new, big budget Fable game”, but that it will be some time before the game sees the light of day due it being in very early development.
The report states that a new Fable entry will be a story and character focussed open-world action RPG with significant investment plunged into its development and around 200 people set to work on the game at Playground’s new second office in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
The news comes less than 2 years after Microsoft closed the doors on Fable series developer Lionhead Studio, who were working on the ill-fated free-to-play multiplayer title Fable Legends at the time of closure. Speaking to Eurogamer, Fable co-creator Simon Carter had mixed feelings on the future of the series: “On the one hand it’s great for the UK games industry, and very pleasing that Fable isn’t dead; indeed, it will be lovely to play one as a punter, without coming out in hives.
On the other hand it is a little curious to get rid of the team that is uniquely expert in making Fable, and then try and make Fable. Fable is a weird game, and a tough one to deconstruct for a new team. That said, the team in question is very talented, and I’m sure they’ll do a fantastic job.”
According to Eurogamer, Microsoft was inspired by the success of Sony’s Horizon Zero Dawn as a story-driven, single-player experience. Guerilla Games’ PS4 exclusive sold 3.4 million copies following its launch early 2017 and garnered a lot of praise for its storytelling and action.
As of yet, there has been no confirmation from Microsoft regarding Fable 4‘s existence.