According to a report by Eurogamer, UK developer Playground is gearing up a brand new entry into the Fable series. Microsoft have chosen the studio, which work on the Forza Horizon series, to head up the project, sources close to it have told Eurogamer.
This of course comes after the closing of Lionhead studios, responsible for the previous entries in the series. Ex-Lionhead employees including Fable co-creator Simon Carter express their mixed feelings for the new project stating;
“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.”
Eurogamer reports that the new Fable game will be a story and character-focused open-world action RPG, inspired by Sony‘s recent success with Horizon: Zero Dawn. 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.
Great news for Fable fans, though it is somewhat odd that Microsoft have chosen to move forward with the series without Lionhead, especially considering they had planned a single player, story focused game in Fable 4.
Don’t expect the game any time soon though as Playground are currently staffing the project from double digits up to triple digits so early days in the development cycle indeed. Are you excited for a new Fable game? Would you rather Lionhead were heading up the project? Let us know in the comments.