A Possible Fable 4?
Fable was a great roleplaying game that hit Xbox back in 2004. It’s fun gameplay, great storyline, and comical humor gained many fans. It’s second and third sequels built upon the growing franchise and it seems like it was going to stay around for some time. Then, March 7th, 2016, Microsoft announced the cancellation of Fable Legends (Not the Fable game fans wanted) and closed Lionhead Studios that created the series. It seemed like the Intellectual Property would be gone forever as more developers felt gamers wanted Non-linear games focused on multiplayer and dreaded Loot Boxes. It would seem, however, that Fable got a shot in the arm and appears to be coming back! But why now? I’ll tell you why, as many others have speculated…Horizon Zero Dawn.
Horizon Zero Dawn is the game that developers claimed that gamers didn’t want anymore. It’s 100% singleplayer with no multiplayer or leaderboards. The story is linear with some side missions as well. It came with one downloadable content and offered no loot boxes that can be purchased with real money. The only loot boxes where given through in-game currency. It had a compelling story with a mystery of the past that gamers wanted to uncover. There where characters that helped pull you into the story and care about. The gameplay was open and explorative with beautiful scenery. Many gamers loved this new game from Guerrilla Games and hoped to see more like it. It’s been out for almost a year now and it seems that this gem has gained the attention of other developers and producers. The odds of a Fable 4 are not very likely actually. Much of the story and copyrighted material is gone with Lionhead Studios closing. An insider claims that the game will likely be more of a reboot for the IP rather than a continuation. It’s also been told by sources within Microsoft that the team making the new Fable game is Playground. Playground is a UK development team who is known for the Forza Horizon racing games for Xbox and PC.
Is this for real?
A G3D recruiter, who specializes in finding developers for their clients (like Activision and Sony), posted a job opening for a Lead Environmental Artist for a Horizon Zero Dawn style of game. Phil Spencer, Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft, hinted that Microsoft was looking into trying some new things and wouldn’t be shown for a few more years. Phil also posted on Twitter that the Fable IP has places it could go.
Nothing to announce right now but I do think the IP has a lot of places it could go.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) April 30, 2017
It would seem that Horizon Zero Dawn’s success has proven that Online Multiplayer Gaming isn’t what most gamers want. There are plenty of gamers out there, like myself, who want a well crafted and fun game that tells a good story.
Simon Carter (co-creator of Fable) was asked what he thought about Fable’s return and he had this to say:
“I have slightly mixed feelings,” Fable co-creator Simon 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.”