A big-budget Fable game is reportedly in development with UK developers Playground Games, known for their work with the Forza Horizon series.
Eurogamer has reported that sources close to the project have claimed that Playground is spinning up development on a story and character-focussed open-world action RPG, with development based at a newly-established second office in Leamington Spa.
Creating a new office comes with its own set of challenges and the team are staffing up and getting everything in line, with no timeframe on when the game will be finished.
Lionhead, the creators and former developers on the Fable franchise, was shut down two years ago by Microsoft when they killed off the multiplayer free-to-play title Fable Legends. It seemed at the time that the Fable series was entirely dead, it’s also reported that interest in the franchise was driven by the high profile success of Sony’s exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn.
It’s worth checking out Eurogamer’s piece for comment they have from Fable co-creator Dene Carter, and several ex-Lionhead staff.
For a Microsoft that has been visibly struggling with big first party exclusives, this could be a shot in the arm that makes Xbox One owners sit up and pay attention.