Despite the cancellation of Fable Legends and the closure of series developer Lionhead Studios, Microsoft may be considering a revival of the RPG series.
Responding to a fan query on Twitter, Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer refused to rule out the possibility of Fable 4, instead writing only that the publisher has “nothing to announce right now.” Furthermore, Spencer hinted that a continuation of the series has been discussed internally by saying that the “IP has a lot of places it could go.”
The series has already undergone several shifts, moving from a medieval to industrial setting in the main entries, while also spinning off into a Kinect-based adventure game with Fable: The Journey and a side-scrolling beat-’em-up for Fable Heroes. The now-cancelled Fable Legends would have continued this trend of gameplay diversification as a four-player co-op RPG.
Despite the positive reception for many of the games, Microsoft shuttered series developer Lionhead Studios in early 2016, four years on from the release of Fable: The Journey, seemingly ending the chance of a continuation for the franchise. The Fable series has also courted controversy through the years, and is widely associated with the broken promises of creator Peter Molyneux.
A new entry would require a new studio to take over the reins, but Microsoft has a relatively poor track record with developing and fostering RPGs, with the cancelled Scalebound and the disappointing Too Human being the company’s latest full-scale attempts.
Although Microsoft has largely turned away from single-player-only projects, Spencer recently mentioned the possibility of a subscription-based service to facilitate the development and dissemination of such titles.
Let us know what you think of the possibility of a Fable revival, and who should take over if Microsoft does move ahead with the project.