New Fable Game in the Works, Sources Confirm; Developed by Forza Horizon Developer Playground
A new Fable game is currently in the works, Eurogamer reports based on sources close to the brand-new project.
Apparently, Microsoft has appointed Forza Horizon developer Playground Games to develop a new game in the series, but development on the title is still in its early stages. “We've heard the new Fable is planned as a story and character-focused open-world action RPG”, Eurogamer writes. “A significant investment in its development is also planned, with some 200 people set to work on the game at Playground's newly-established second office in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.”
Less than two years ago, Microsoft shut down the UK-based studio responsible for the Fable series, Lionhead, and cancelled the highly-anticipated Fable Legends, which had been in development since 2012.
Following the report that Microsoft has appointed Playground as developer for the new Fable, Fable co-creator Dene Carter expressed to excited, but his feelings are somewhat mixed.
"I have slightly mixed feelings," Carter told Eurogamer. "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’s decision to revive Fable as a story and character-focused open-world action RPG was inspired by Sony’s single-player action RPG, Horizon Zero Dawn, which was developed by Dutch developer Guerrilla Games. The game is widely considered as one of the best PS4 games to date and has received numerous awards since its release last year.
Hopes of Fable 4 were rekindled earlier this month thanks to the Xbox Live API leak which mentioned a Fable related projected, codenamed ‘Wisdom’, being developed by a UK based studio. Following this leak, former Lionhead Lead Engine Programmer Don Williamson tweeted that he figured out which studio will be helming the next Fable project, and we already considered Playground Games as one of the major candidates.
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