July marked our first glimpse at the return of the Fable series. But with the Xbox Series X/S having been birthed into the industry, there has yet to be any update about the RPG.
Fable will serve as a reboot to the series and will be the first new addition released since 2012. Talk about a wait! Following the closure of the original developers Lionhead Studios back in 2016, fans had essentially lost hope in expecting a new game to the series.
Regardless, speculation of a new entry to the Fable series soon became sparked when in 2018, it was rumored that Playground Games, known for Forza Horizon, had started work on a new instalment. The trailer drop in July was the confirmation fans needed. But it is not all cheers…
One individual who is uncertain is Simon Carter, who co-founded the original Fable developer Big Blue Box. In an interview with Eurogamer, Carter said: "I have slightly mixed feelings." However he added: "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."
A strange rumor that has taken fans by storm is that Fable could actually end up being a massively multiplayer online game. This seemed to have largely been perpetuated by French journalist Tanguy Toussaint on Twitter, who also managed to predict the entire Xbox Games Showcase lineup.
Et pour le plus grand bonheur de @SireGoupil : un jeu dans l'univers de FABLE.
Mais en MMO (désolé, pas FABLE 4).
— C[h]rono Trigger[ed] (@CronoTK) July 23, 2020
However, Microsoft representatives have gone on to deny this, with multiple alleged sources also corroborating this. Microsoft is assuring fans that Fable will be an open world RPG. Although we can expect some sort of online element.
Fable is an open-world Action-RPG. People really need to stop with this MMO nonsense. Even if there potentially will be online interactions similar to FH4, it’s not an MMO.
— Klobrille (@klobrille) July 24, 2020
So, what can we hope for from the Fable reboot?
We would love to see a fleshed-out story and exciting characters mark Fable’s return. We want an immersive game with moral dilemmas, actions with consequences, and some stellar action. Most importantly, keep the bizarreness of the originals that we all know and love!
From the trailer, Fable certainly looks like it’ll be sticking to its roots, with the fairy being gobbled up by a frog who seems rather pleased with itself. We can only anticipate a gameplay trailer to give as a taste of what is to come!