Last week the rumor mill churned out a new one: Microsoft, owner of the (overly)touted but beloved (by me, sometimes) franchise Fable, may have tapped Playground Games for a new entry into the RPG series. The UK-based game studio is responsible for the highly successfully Forza Horizon series of racing games. It seems that Playground Games is or has been planning to considerably ramp up its team to take on the challenge of “Fable 4.” This news comes at something of a surprise considering that Microsoft only just canned Lionhead Studios in early 2016, shutting down Fable Legends in the process. Perhaps inspired by the success of Horizon: Zero Dawn, should Fable 4 come to pass, it would apparently be an open-world, action RPG, complete with a hero in the world of Albion, I should think. But who knows? I’m not making the game, so I sure don’t. And Microsoft itself is remaining tight-lipped about the whole thing.
In principle, I’m jumping up and down at prospect of a new Fable game. For better or worse, this was the series that introduced me to RPGs generally and led me into the world of non-Nintendo gaming just over a decade ago. In practice, I’m wary, primarily because of the mish-mosh that was Fable 3, but I’m also okay with a different kind of Fable from a different game studio. At least, I hope that if we do get a new Fable game, it’s something new. Something that maintains Fable’s essence as an enjoyable RPG, while representing a departure from Peter Molyneux’s visions of grandeur.
Granted, “enjoyable” is a relative term here, as nearly everyone I know who’s played at least one game in the series has his or her own notions of what’s fun in the game and what isn’t. Having recently replayed Fable and Fable 2, I was reminded at just how nice it can be to play and simple, and silly, game. I don’t have Fable 3 at my disposal anymore (though I might have to rectify that…), but I certainly do recall that not only did it not bring anything new to the table, but it also mucked up all that simple silliness in some confounding ways. Considering Playground Games’ track record – literally, as its history is steeped in racing games – I’m intrigued by the possibilities of what they could bring to the Fable-verse. For one, I hope that they at least keep the chickens. Just not the chicken suit.
(Article source: Eurogamer)
Are you excited or dulled at the notion of a new Fable game? What things would you hope to see in its revival?