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Fable 4: What We Know So Far

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Albion awaits

Fable 4 was a standout at this year’s Xbox Games Showcase. Playground Games delivered the first proper Fable trailer, complete with crass British humor, third-person viewpoint gameplay, and Richard Ayoade as a green-thumbed giant, to give us all something to sink our blades into.

The studio is best known for creating the Forza Horizon series, but Playground appears to be retaining the super silly spirit that characterized the original Lionhead series. However, if the hyper-British reveal trailer is any indication, the medieval kingdom of Albion will have received a stunning photo-realistic makeover by the time we go exploring.

We’ll have more information on Fable 4 soon, but in the meantime, keep reading to learn everything else we know about the upcoming Xbox Series X game that stole the show. Let’s get started with all the latest rumors and our ongoing coverage of Fable.

Fable 4 Trailer:

Swords, magic, fairies, and Albion glimmering in the distance appear to be in order so far. The voiceover is also familiar; it screams Royal Shakespeare Company.

“The world is filled with stories of legendary heroes and treacherous villains. Of fantastical creatures and wondrous places. Where nature and magic live in perfect harmony. Not all stories have happy endings! But yours has yet to be written.”

The first full Fable trailer debuted at the Xbox Games Showcase 2023, revealing IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade as Dave, a wooden glasses-wearing giant who describes himself as a vegetable enthusiast but actually serves as a boss fight in the game. It contains some brilliant British humour, particularly the use of the term wanker.

According to the brief glimpse of Fable gameplay we saw during the June Xbox Games Showcase, we’ll be able to be our own heroes once more. In between wafting through taverns, we were shown sword fighting and fire-ball magic. Slaying legendary beasts is apparently on our hero’s agenda, as is taking down giants named Dave who are also happy to be Richard Ayoade. There will be slamming of fists and much, much chaos.

Because the new Fable adventure is being developed by Playground Games, it stands to reason that it will use the same game engine as the studio’s other titles. A Turn10 job listing from 2021 revealed that the Forzatech engine is powering three “AAA titles in development across two beloved franchises,” as well as “enriching the toolset to support an open world action RPG – Fable.”

Some of the fabled creatures from Fabel IV

In an interview at Pax West 2022, Xbox Game Studios’ head spoke about Playground Games taking on Fable 4, assuring fans that the studio “gets it.” “Let’s be honest, giving Fable to the racing team could be a bit of a head-scratcher,” Booty said, “but they’ve proven that they get it, and I’m excited for when the time comes to show more.”

Fans will be relieved to learn that the next Fable will follow in the footsteps of previous games in the main series, with Fable 4 most likely being another open-world action RPG focused on story and characters.

“To put the Fable franchise – and give it a completely fresh start – in the hands of one of the greatest game developers in the world, and also right there in England with Playground Games, is sort of a dream come true,” said Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft’s general manager of Xbox Games Marketing, following the initial reveal.

“We’re letting them get a fresh start with the franchise and really you can see it’s still got the classic British humor that’s really true to the franchise, it’s obviously going to be a role-playing game, we’ve got the best folks in the industry working on it. Today was just the reveal of the game, and we’re excited to officially say Fable’s coming, and we’ll share more when we’re ready.”

Interestingly, a rumor surfaced in 2020 suggesting that Fable 4 might not be the new RPG entry we were hoping for, but rather an MMO set “in the world of Fable.” The information was provided by French journalist @CronoTK on Twitter, who correctly predicted the entire Xbox Games Showcase lineup ahead of the stream.

Fable characters ready for battle

Despite learning more about the game, we still don’t have a firm release date or even a time frame. As for a possible PlayStation version: You’ll never be able to play Fable 4 on the PS5. Because Microsoft owns the intellectual property, you can bet that when it does arrive, it will be limited to the Xbox Series X/S and PC.

An earlier Fable 4 leak in 2019 also appeared to reveal that a large portion of the gameplay and core themes may have changed, including the fact that the game is likely set across multiple planets and may even involve time travel.

Albion was apparently destroyed by an asteroid wished into existence by a Mad King who took control of the Tattered Spire, the Will-fueled tower from Fable 2 that granted the person who controlled it one wish once built. So it’s up to you to use time travel to save it.

Theresa and the Guild are hiding on another planet accessible via a demon door, but you can skip the entire main quest and never become a hero at all. Players can also build their own towns in the completely open world, which ties into the main quest (as anyone who has played any Fable game will know), and the character creator is extremely detailed. Those who were disappointed by the guns in Fable 3 and 2 can rest assured that there are no guns in Fable 4. Oh, and multiplayer is now available!

Of course, none of this has been confirmed, so take everything with a grain of salt for the time being.

Given that the original Fable team is no longer in place, it’s understandable that the people behind the original series were concerned about a sequel being created by an entirely new team.

“I have slightly mixed feelings,” Fable co-creator Simon Carter said in a 2017 interview with Eurogamer.net. “On the one hand, it’s fantastic for the UK games industry and very satisfying that Fable isn’t dead; indeed, it’ll be lovely to play one as a punter without breaking out in hives.” On the one hand, it’s great for the UK games industry, and very pleasing that Fable isn’t dead; indeed, it will be lovely to play one as a punter, without coming out in hives. On the other, 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.”