It’s been quite some time since a new (or good) Fable game has been released. For fans of the franchise, like me, that is a very disheartening thought. However, a new report could be the ray of sunshine we’ve been hoping for in a gloomy Fable-less world.
Not only is there reportedly a new game in the works, but it is possible that Playground Games, the developer behind the excellent Forza Horizon racing franchise, could be the ones working on it.
According to Eurogamer‘s sources, the new game will be an open-world action RPG and will focus on both story and character. This is good news considering that most of the latest games in the franchise decided to move away from the open-world RPG formula the series was known and loved for.
Seeing as Playground Games recently confirmed that they are working on a non-racing related open-world game, this report seems to be accurate.
Fable co-creator Simon Carter has mixed feelings about the news. He told Eurogamer that he was excited about the franchise’s return but that he was also curious as to why the team who worked on the Fable franchise was let go only for a new studio to start work on a new game. He did, however, state that he believed the new team was up for the challenge:
“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.”
The original Fable game in the franchise released in 2004 and was developed by Peter Molyneux’s company Lionhead (who also developed games such as Black & White) along with its sister company Big Blue Box. The franchise quickly gained a following thanks to its British humour and story focused gameplay. Sadly the studio was closed down by Microsoft in 2016.