Since Lionhead Studios, the studio behind the Fable series, closed in 2016 following the troubled development of Fable Legends, the series’ future has been up in the air. However, a Fable reboot may just be around the corner.
Early this year Xbox Head, Phil Spencer had high hopes for the series and it looks like he was right! Microsoft is reportedly reviving the Fable series with a big-budget, character-focused, action RPG. The game is said to be in development at Playground Games, the studio behind the Forza Horizon series.
Eurogamer reports Microsoft is making a “significant investment” in the revival, with Playground Games hiring staff, “with some 200 people set to work on the game.” The talent is said to be coming from other big studios like DICE, Rockstar North, and Ninja Theory.
Microsoft’s sudden decision to revive the series is due to the success of Horizon Zero Dawn, a single-player action-RPG, that has sold nearly 3.5 million copies as of June 2017.
In a statement issued to Eurogamer, Fable co-creator Simon Carter expressed his “mixed feelings” about the reported revival, saying it’s “great for the UK games industry, and very pleasing that Fable isn’t dead.” He added, “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.”
Development is reportedly still in its “early days.”
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