Microsoft Reviving the Fable Franchise With Playground Studios


Eurogamer spoke to some people who worked on Fable at Lionhead, who naturally must be feeling a little bleak over this news.

According to their report, Microsoft has the Forza Horizon 3 developer tasked with making a new Fable game.

Apparently, Fable 4 (or whatever it ends up being called) is receiving a large investment and will be a story-focused, open-world RPG affair. Meanwhile, Xbox boss Shannon Loftis has made no secret of Microsoft's fondness for the franchise. The studio had previously said it was looking to double its workforce. Don't expect its arrival any time soon, either.

Obviously there's no official word on a new Fable game yet, with Microsoft issuing a statement to EG saying that it does not comment on rumour or speculation, so digest this with a healthy dose of salt for the time being just to be safe.

Though Playground Games only has the Forza Horizon series to its name, the studio is composed of former employees from various studios including Codemasters, Criterion Games, Ubisoft Reflections and Sony Liverpool. While Lionhead might be gone, it looks like Microsoft isn't giving up on the Fable franchise, with sources this week reporting that a new game in the series is now in the works.

It has been nearly two years since Microsoft shut down Lionhead Studios, the creators of Fable. Fable Fortune, a free-to-play card game, was released as an early access game in 2017.

'I have slightly mixed feelings, ' said Simon Carter, co-creator of the Fable series.

"On the one hand it's great for the United Kingdom games industry, and very pleasing that Fable isn't dead", he said.

This was quite a departure from Lionhead's previous Fable titles and the studio hoped that it would be able to return to creating single-player story-driven adventures when development of Legends was complete. "That said, the team in question is very talented, and I'm sure they'll do a fantastic job". Apparently Microsoft has tasked the United Kingdom studio "Playground", with bringing Fable back as a story/character focused RPG.