Development is still in its “early days,” according to the report.
Microsoft is reportedly reviving the Fable series with a big-budget, character-focused action-RPG. Playground Games, the studio behind the Forza Horizon series, is said to be developing the new Fable.
Eurogamer reports Microsoft is making a “significant investment” in Fable, though development is still in its “early days.” The report states Playground is in the process of hiring staff, “with some 200 people set to work on the game.” Playground has already brought on talent from DICE, Rockstar North, and Ninja Theory.
Rumors of Playground working on a non-racing game first surfaced nearly a year ago. Months later, it was reported the new game would be an open-world action-RPG, which is in line with Eurogamer’s description of the new Fable.
Microsoft’s decision to bring back Fable was reportedly influenced by the success of Horizon Zero Dawn, a single-player action-RPG that has sold nearly 3.5 million copies as of June 2017.
In a statement issued to Eurogamer, Fable co-creator Simon Carter expressed his “mixed feelings” about the reported revival, saying it’s “great for the UK games industry, and very pleasing that Fable isn’t dead.” He added, “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.”
Lionhead Studios, the studio behind the Fable series, closed in 2016 following the troubled development of Fable Legends, a free-to-play multiplayer game. Despite the game’s cancellation, Xbox boss Phil Spencer remained optimistic about the future of the franchise, saying “the IP has a lot of places it could go.”
Stay tuned to IGN for the latest on the potential Fable revival.
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