A series of leaks have revealed some of the first details about Fable 4 for the Xbox One. Just to be clear, these rumors are just rumors for the moment. They stem from a leaked video that has since been pulled. The details revealed in the video confirm suspicions that the next Fable is going to be quite different from what came before.
How different? Well, it sounds like the new Fable is going to destroy the lands of Albion and Aurora. In essence, it is wiping the history of Fable from the universe. This destruction was apparently caused by a mad king who wished that the same asteroid that caused the devastation would occur again sometime in the future. You play the role of a hero sometime near the supposed arrival of this second asteroid.
That’s not all that’s new. Fable 4 will also reportedly do away with guns in what would honestly be an understandable move. It’s also rumored that time travel will play a big role in the gameplay and story, but there’s a little debate about that particular detail at this time.
For as much that has changed, though, quite a bit remains the same. Fable 4 will supposedly still boast a sizeable open-world with medieval themes and will still allow you to forge your own destiny based on the choices you make. It will also reportedly allow you to ignore the main quest entirely if you choose to do so. You’ll also still be able to build towns and participate in some kind of multiplayer mode. Some notable characters from previous Fable games will also allegedly return.
Eurogamer previously reported that Microsoft had approved the development of a new big-budget Fable game. Since former Fable developer Lionhead Studios was disbanded in 2016, Microsoft has reportedly asked Playground – developer of the Forza Horizon series – to develop this new Fable title. It seems that Playground is planning on assigning almost 200 people to work on the project out of its new offices in Warwickshire, UK.
Some of the people who worked on the first three games indicated that they’re not sure how to feel about the news that a new studio is going to work on the franchise.
“I have slightly mixed feelings,” Fable co-creator Simon Carter said in an interview with 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.”
The success of the PlayStation 4 exclusive title Horizon Zero Dawn may have inspired Microsoft to revive the Fable franchise after its latest offering, Fable Legends, was canceled in 2016. Eurogamer’s report indicates that Microsoft now believes the market for such a narrative-driven experience may be stronger than originally expected.
We suspect that we’ll hear quite a bit about Fable 4 at Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference if they really are ready to reveal it. In the meantime, be sure to read about Wishworld: the project that eventually became Fable.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.