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There's a new single-player Fable game in the works

There's a new single-player Fable game in the works

Sources speaking to Eurogamer have confirmed that the game in development is an entry in Microsoft's Fable series. Apparently Microsoft has tasked the United Kingdom studio "Playground", with bringing Fable back as a story/character focused RPG. A significant investment in its development is also planned, with some 200 people set to work on the game at Playground's newly-established second office in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

New title said to be early in development.

Microsoft had seemingly given up on Fable after shutting down Lionhead and cancelling Fable Legends. That game was an asymmetrical multiplayer jaunt set within the Fable universe that was surprisingly fun and I'm fortunate to have played before it disappeared into the nether.

According to Eurogamer, Microsoft's decision to revive Fable as a story and character-focused open-world action RPG was inspired by Sony's single-player action RPG, Horizon Zero Dawn, which was developed by Dutch developer Guerrilla Games.

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Following Fable 3 was beat-em-up Fable Heroes, gimmicky Kinect title Fable: The Journey and a remaster of the original game called Fable Anniversary in 2014. There is a fresh team working on it, which will hopefully lead to fresh ideas and a strong comeback for the series.

"I have slightly mixed feelings", Fable co-creator Simon Carter told Eurogamer. Though he said it was great news for the United Kingdom games industry and he'd be pleased to return to Fable as a "punter", he added that it's "curious" that Microsoft would get rid of a development team that knows the franchise inside out. Forza Horizon 3 was one of Xbox's biggest games of 2016, and the hope is the studio can make a high-quality Fable adventure once it brings in open-world RPG expertise.

The original Fable was released in 2004 on Microsoft's Xbox, and enjoyed two sequels in 2008 and 2010.

'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, ' he added.


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