Microsoft is reportedly bringing back Fable as a story focused RPG

Report: Microsoft is bringing Fable back from the dead

Microsoft is resurrecting the Fable franchise with Forza Horizon developer Playground Games taking over the production reins, Eurogamer reports.

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. Playground has previously worked on the Forza Horizon games, so this is a step in a new direction for the team. It seems that Sony's PS4-exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn provided renewed interest in the open-world RPG genre for Microsoft.

Former employees have now said they're excited by the series' comeback, but at the same time are a little bummed they never got to make Fable 4.

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.

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I actually quite liked the Fable games and the world they're set in.

No further details are now known about Playground's ambitious title, although it is believed they are starting from scratch despite previous Fable assets being backed up by Lionhead prior to shutting its doors.

The game is apparently in the early stages of development, with a significant investment from Microsoft - though Microsoft has said in a statement it does not comment on rumour or speculation. Though he said it was great news for the United Kingdom games industry and he'd be pleased to return to Fable as a "punter", he added that it's "curious" that Microsoft would get rid of a development team that knows the franchise inside out. Apparently Microsoft has tasked the United Kingdom studio "Playground", with bringing Fable back as a story/character focused RPG. That title was a free-to-play service-based project, with an emphasis on multiplayer. The outfit's second studio - which said it was working on an open-world RPG game previous year - is behind this.

He doesn't doubt, however, that the team at Playground is "very talented" and will do a "fantastic job". The last mainline entry was Fable 3 for the Xbox 360.

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