Microsoft’s Phil Spencer teased fans on Twitter saying that we’ll probably be seeing Fable again someday.
Phil Spencer tweets about the plans for the Fable franchise
After Microsoft canceled Fable Legends and closed down developer Lionhead Studios, fans might have wondered what’s next in store for the Microsoft-owned RPG series. Some fans went on Twitter and asked Xbox boss Phil Spencer whether or not we’ll be getting the fourth installment of the Fable franchise in the near future. Spencer confirmed that, for now, there is nothing new to be announced. But, he did tease that we will probably be seeing Fable again — eventually.
Here’s the whole conversation:
N. Dragen @dragen_Light
@XboxP3 Phil will we ever get a fable 4? The original fable played a big part for me in my life earlier when I owned a xbox
Phil Spencer @XboxP3
@dragen_Light Nothing to announce right now but I do think the IP has a lot of places it could go.
This is some pretty interesting news, especially since Lionhead Studios closed last year. According to former Lionhead art director John McCormack, the studio did pitch a fourth installment of the series set in the “technological, industrial age” but unfortunately, Microsoft rejected it.
Lionhead founder Peter Molyneux said in an interview with IGN that if he could go back in time and prevent the studio’s closure, he would definitely do it, and that he would have rather worked on Fable 4 rather than Legends.
On the other hand, Microsoft owns the rights to the Fable franchise, so it’s more likely we’ll get to see Fable IV someday — maybe even sometime in the near future. The company may do to Fable exactly what it did to Halo and create its own internal studio to develop all future installments of the franchise.
Fable may be revived in the future but it also may take a new direction, with the game adopting a darker and a more mature tone. The Fable franchise has been known for its freedom and for its capacity of elevating the experience, so the two would go well together.
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