After years of rumours , we finally got confirmation that a new Fable game is indeed in the works at yesterday’s Xbox Games Showcase. The teaser trailer was brief- only a minute long- and showed no gameplay or even a hint as to what the game would actually be. It did show some of the classic Fable humour though and gave us a glimpse of what is likely the world we will be playing in. Due to the lack of any concrete information on the next game in the franchise, let’s do some speculating and have a look at some of the possibilities for the return of Fable.
Following the closure of original Fable developers Lionhead Studios in 2016, the game is being taken over by Playground Games. Playground Games are also a British game development studio- like Lionhead were- and I think this is an important factor in the general tone of the game. The trailer already showed that the game is sticking to with the traditional British style of humour that was prevalent in the other games and I think having a British developer is a great way to maintain that tone. That isn’t to say that a developer from any other country couldn’t make a great Fable game. That being said, Fable is so quintessentially British that it feels right to keep it grounded there. As a British gamer who adores the Fable franchise, there is so much to be said for the little references and nuances of the franchise that feels so familiar to me. Playground Games have also already got a popular game franchise under their belt: the Forza Horizon racing series. Another game that was published by Microsoft Studios, the Forza series is considered one of the better racing titles out there. It is safe to say that the Fable franchise is in capable hands.
Sequel, Reboot or Something Else Entirely?
Rumours of a new Fable game have usually revolved around the idea of a sequel to the main game (there have been a few less successful spin-offs here and there such as Fable Heroes and Fable: The Journey) but this may not be the case. Fable IV is just one of the possibilities of this new title. The fact that the trailer only showed the title as Fable rather than Fable IV specifically suggests that the game may be a reboot of the series. Comments from Microsoft suggest this, describing the game as a “fresh start” for the series. However, a tweet from a French journalist known as C[h]rono Trigger[ed]- @CronoTK on Twitter -suggests that the game could be an MMORPG (massively-multiplayer online role-playing game).
The Tweet above translates roughly to “a game in the world of FABLE. But in MMO (sorry, not FABLE 4).” CronoTK had accurately predicted the entirety of the Xbox Showcase but of course, with no official statements on the matter, it is best to take this information as speculation only. Personally, I would much rather have a direct sequel or reboot than an MMO. There is much to be said for online games and multiplayer but I think that the Fable series really shined in its narrative, characters, and fun gameplay. Nothing else has been said on the matter of what the game is going to be so here’s hoping we get an update not too far in the future.
Setting and Characters
The trailer suggests that the game will still be once again set in the world of Albion- as shown by the final shot. Albion is brimming with character, magic, and adventure and so it is exciting to be able to make a return. Of course, this can’t be completely confirmed but Albion is such a beloved game world for Fable fans that it would be hard to imagine there not being at the very least some time spent there.
The trailer is voiced by British actor Simon Callow- confirmed by Fable creative director Ralph Fulton on Twitter– which keeps with the Fable tradition of having British actors provide voices throughout the series. It is unknown as to whether Callow will be voicing a character in-game but it is possible due to the characters from previous games such as Stephen Fry as Reaver and Zoe Wanamaker as Theresa. Some of these actors are not necessarily huge stars (though British Hollywood elite such as Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, and Simon Pegg have voiced characters too) but they are highly respected theatre and television actors in the UK. Callow is a brilliant theatre actor (my mum saw him in a West End play and sang his praises) and so he fits the bill to play a role in the game.
Little to nothing is actually known about the new Fable so speculation is going to be rife until we get some solid information. I for one am just glad to see that the Fable franchise is still alive and well and that we will be able to return to Fable universe in the future.
Fable will be coming to the Xbox Series X and Microsoft Windows. Keep an eye out for more news from us when we hear it.