Fable 4 is the next main entry in the fantasy RPG series. Since it was revealed in 2020, we haven’t heard much about it. We know which studio handles its development, and little else.
The next entry in the beloved fantasy franchise is in the works at Playground Games, the team behind the Forza Horizon series. While this may seem oddly appropriate at first glance, Playground Games is an amazing studio with a real knack for creating realistic and dynamic environments. This is certainly something the Fable series could benefit greatly from.
As we approach a possible release date for Fable 4, we’re hoping Microsoft will reveal more about the game. As new information is released, this page will be updated.
For now, here’s what we know about Fable 4, including the latest news and rumors. You’ll also find the reveal trailer below, which helps give a glimpse into what tone the game could have when it finally launches.
Myth 4: Cut to the chase
- What is this? The fourth installment in the main Fable franchise
- When can I play? There is no release date yet but don’t expect it soon
- What can I play on? TBC, however It’s an Xbox exclusive
Fable 4 release date and platforms
No release date or release window has been set for Fable 4 yet. The earliest we can expect is late 2023, though 2024 is more likely.
At least, Phil Spencer hinted during IGN’s podcast (Opens in a new tab) Which we’ll get before The Elder Scrolls 6, though this game doesn’t have a release date yet and isn’t expected to land until sometime. After, after Starfield launch (which has since been delayed until 2023). This was supported by the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase in June 2022 with a focus on releasing games “in the next twelve months,” and Fable wasn’t there.
However, we do know which platforms we can expect Fable 4 to arrive on. As an Xbox exclusive, Fable 4 will be released for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC, where it will be available on Xbox Game Pass from day one. It is not known if it will make it to Xbox One, but we are not holding out hope because Microsoft has not confirmed anything.
Fable 4 trailer
World premiere trailer
At the moment, only one Fable trailer has been released: the world’s first teaser trailer.
The trailer doesn’t reveal much, but does suggest that the game could be set well before later entries in the series since we don’t get quite as much of a Victorian Industrial Revolution feel as we do in Fable 3’s settings. Instead, it looks like Fable 4 will have a medieval fantasy setting possibly similar to the original game, as the trailer shows off a sword, fairies, enlarged toads, and greedy toads.
Check it out below:
Myth 4 news and rumors
Xbox chief explains lack of news
Development is still ongoing on Fable 4 but after the game didn’t appear during Xbox showcases at both Summer Game Fest and Gamescom 2022, fans of the game have been wondering when they’ll hear more.
Xbox Game Studios chief Matt Booty acknowledged the lack of news during an interview at PAX West 2022 (Opens in a new tab) But he made it clear that the game will only be shown when developer Playground Games is ready to show it.
“Every time I see something, I say ‘we have to show this’… because there are so many great things out there,” Booty said. “The team made it clear that I wouldn’t be able to show anything until he was ready.”
Booty went on to express his support for Playground Games, saying that while choosing the studio mostly known for Forza Horizon to work on Fable 4 might sound like a “little head scratcher”, they “get it” and he’s “excited for the time” and it’s about time we can show more. “.
In development for at least 4 years
Fable 4 has been in development for longer than you might expect. In a November 2021 tweet, the Playground Games developer working on the game celebrated “four years working on Fable.”
This means that the game has been in development for at least four years now, and that development likely began just a year after the series’ maker, Lionhead Studios, shut down. Although we don’t know much about Fable at the moment, the idea that it’s been in the works for so many years gives us some hope that we’ll be able to find out more in the near future.
4 years working on Fable at WeArePlayground. Very excited about this game. pic.twitter.com/KO099HnYSdNovember 5, 2021
Fable 4’s battle might look like The Witcher
A developer from CD Projekt RED (The Witcher series, Cyberpunk 2077) will work on the game’s combat system. As reported by PCGamesN (Opens in a new tab)Game designer Pawe Kapała heads up combat at developer Fable Playground Games, his LinkedIn page confirming the role entails “designing and implementing combat in Fable.”
In our opinion, the type of sword fighting and spells in The Witcher 3, one of the best-selling video games of all time, would be a perfect example for Fable, especially considering how similar some of the spells are within the game.
Trust Playground Games, says Phil Spencer
Fable 4 is being created by Playground Games, the studio is perhaps best known for its work on the Forza Horizon series but Phil Spencer wants fans to have faith in the studio. Speaking on the Dropped Frames podcast in June 2021 (via VGC (Opens in a new tab)), Spencer said:
“The only thing I can really say about Fable is seeing the lineage of the team and the stadium, and where they set the standards for themselves in building a game – I think that showed with the Forza Horizon 5 preview they had – I think people have to trust that.” [studio director] Gavin [Raeburn] And the team there have the same level of focus on doing something amazing with the IP that we know is really important to a lot of Xbox fans, so we can’t wait to show you more, but the team is amazing.”
Forza Horizon 5’s weather system bodes well for Fable 4
Forza Horizon 5 has the most dynamic and impressive weather system in the series to date, and since Playground Games is also working on Fable 4, we’re very excited about how this technology translates to the open world of Albion. We believe that by implementing these dynamic weather systems into the new Fable, Playground Games has the opportunity to give the new Fable its own flair that none of previous developers Lionhead, or many other RPG developers, have ever been able to do before. The idea of Albion where each region has its own seasonal weather is an exciting one – it could reflect the passage of time more effectively and improve the immersion and uniqueness of every part of the game map.
It may be years away
As far as we can tell, Fable 4 is still in the early stages of development and it might be a while before we get a chance to play it. In fact, speaking on the VGC Off the Record podcast (Opens in a new tab) In April 2021, Chris Dring, industry reporter and president of GamesIndustry.biz, said the game’s release (at the time), along with other announced Xbox exclusives, could take many years.
Based on conversations he had with employees at Xbox Game Studios, Dring said, “Those games that they announced — Everwild, Perfect Dark, Fable — are a long way off. As in, there might be a new Xbox (mid-level upgrade) by the time we These games appear.
They’re so far away, and it’s no wonder Xbox is looking to invest and sign certain products right now, because they don’t have a bunch of big exclusives at all.”
Fable is set to use the ForzaTech engine
According to the previous job listing (Opens in a new tab)Fable, who was a software engineer at Turn10 Studios, will be built using the ForzaTech engine, which powers the Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon games. The listing notes that the team is looking for a candidate who can enrich the “toolkit to support open-world RPG – Fable” and add new features such as “ray tracing to support the next generation of console.”
The lead writer confirmed
Ana Miguel, Senior Writer and Narrative Lead at Remedy Entertainment during the development of Control, joins Playground Games as Head Writer for Fable.
Megill announced Twitter (Opens in a new tab) In December 2020, she was leaving her current Massive Entertainment role at Ubisoft to join Playground Games.
The team behind the game
Shortly after Fable itself was revealed, we got an insight into the impressive team working on the game thanks to VGC (Opens in a new tab). We now know that there are a group of veteran game designers working on the Fable reboot, including the main mission designer for the Borderlands series, level designer for GTA V and GTA Online, and a whole host of writers who worked on Batman: Arkham Knight.
There have been rumors that Fable will go down the path of being an MMO but the experience of those working on the project certainly indicates that it will take a more open RPG approach, possibly with an online multiplayer component. However, we can’t Is that true Stay tuned until Playground Games and Microsoft reveal more official details.
That wild rumor before the announcement
Before Fable 4 was announced to the world, there was a video leak in 2019 that claimed to give an insight into the game’s setting and story. The video has disappeared from the internet but a Reddit thread with what it described lives on and some of the details look pretty wild. We are talking about wild “Albion and Aurora destroyed by an asteroid, a new continent with time and interplanetary travel”.
While it looks nice there, it would create an opportunity to reset the setting for the Fable series, easily taking the series back to its medieval fantasy roots with a few very different elements to make it feel fresh. In the game’s reveal trailer, in short, we had no clear sense that the new game would be any more advanced in time than Fable 3’s Industrial Revolution setting.
Of course, this is a leak from an unverified source, so until Playground Games or Microsoft start revealing solid details about Fable 4, we can say take it with a pinch of salt. You can read the full leak in the tweet below.
Rumor: First Fable IV details leaked (including story details too) https://t.co/RLWgpy0S9r pic.twitter.com/V6W74TDLV9June 4, 2019
Fable 4 is likely to be an open world game
In January 2018, Eurogamer said that according to sources close to the project, a new high-budget Fable game was in the works. Now, we know this to be true.
This news came less than two years after Lionhead Studios shut down, and the report correctly stated that Playground Games, best known for their work on the Forza Horizon series, will be the new developers for the series.
Eurogamer’s sources said a team of more than 200 people will be working on Fable from the team’s new offices in Leamington Spa, although development is still in its infancy.
What kind of myth might Playground be working on? Well, the report said that the game is planned as an open-world action RPG with a focus on character and story. This certainly aligns with everything we’ve seen in the reveal trailer, with the final shot showing a large world that seems ripe for exploration.
It would also make sense for Playground to bring its open-world expertise from Forza Horizon to a game like this. Either way, we can’t wait to see what happens. Tale has been dormant for a very long time.