As reported by Eurogamer, a big-budget Fable title is in the works. Microsoft has tasked UK Developer Playground, makers of the Forza Horizon series with the creation of a new Fable, according to Eurogamer's anonymous sources. When Eurogamer asked Microsoft for a statement, Microsoft stated that they do not comment on rumors or speculation.
Apparently, the new title is to be an open-world action RPG title with a focus on story and character. Already, staff numbering in the "double digits" are working on the title, with around 200 people set begin work in Playground's second office in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
The news of a new title comes two years after Lionhead was shuttered and Fable Legends was canceled. Fable co-creator Simon Cartor spoke to Eurogamer, saying that news of a new title in the long-running series provoked "mixed feelings":
"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.What brought the series back after two years of stasis was partly inspired by the massive success of PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn, which has sold 3.4 million copies as of June 2017.
"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."
While Fable Legends assets were backed up when Lionhead shut down, Playground is expected to be starting from scratch, with the hope of capitalizing on its previous open-world RPG expertise in Forza.
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