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Fable 4: Everything We Know

Microsoft revealed a new entry in the long-dormant, irreverent RPG franchise, but hasn't told us much else.

The Fable series is about to be reborn on Xbox Series X|S. We know that, because Microsoft told us so during its Xbox Series X showcase, throwing in a reveal trailer for a new Fable game along with a number of other titles. Sadly, though, info about the return of the beloved action-RPG series is extremely thin otherwise.

We've run down all the details currently out there about Fable (which is often referred to as Fable 4 as the follow-up to the original game series, although we don't know if that number is reflective of where the game will fit in the franchise). It's not much, but you can be sure that we'll keep you apprised of any new details as Microsoft makes them available.

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Fable Release Date And Platforms

Sadly, we know next to nothing about when Fable will actually be available to play (or much of anything else, for that matter). Microsoft's website for the game lists no date, but does run down what machines you can expect to play Fable on when it does eventually arrive. Fable will be available on the Xbox Series X and Series S, as well as on PC. Given that all first-party Microsoft titles also appear on Game Pass at launch, we can expect Fable to be part of that subscription service as well.

It's notable that there's no mention of a Fable release on Xbox One. According to Xbox Games Marketing general manager Aaron Greenberg, that doesn't discount the possibility of an Xbox One version of the game, necessarily, but it does seem possible that Fable will be a game that requires you to either buy an Xbox Series X|S or play on PC.

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Reveal Trailer

The Fable trailer that appeared during the Xbox showcase gives precious little information, although it does set an irreverent tone consistent with the rest of the fantasy series.

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Who's Making It?

The originator of the Fable series, Peter Molyneux's Lionhead Studios, shuttered in 2016 alongside the cancellation of Fable Legends, a co-op action-RPG entry into the series. There hasn't been a mainline entry in the Fable franchise since Fable III back in 2010. So who's behind the new Fable?

The new Fable title is helmed by Playground Games. The studio is known for the Forza Horizon games, and while those are racing titles, they're known for their vast open worlds--which is a check in the pro column for a new Fable game. Playground created a second studio, separate from the Horizon team, back in 2017, to handle what was an unnamed game at the time. Now we know that game as Fable.

In December, Anna Megill, the lead writer on Remedy Entertainment's Control and narrative director of Arkane Studios' Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, revealed on Twitter that she is heading up the Fable writing team. We have some information about that team as well, and it features some notable people from Batman: Arkham series developer Rocksteady. Batman: Arkham Knight's lead scriptwriter, Martin Lancaster, will serve as the game's narrative director, and is joined by Rocksteady veterans Craig Owens, another former Batman script writer, and cinematic director Martin Tan.

Other members of the Fable team include Will Kennedy (GTA V) as chief designer, Juan Fernández de Simón (Hellblade) as principal game designer, and Adam Olsson (The Division 2) as lead environmental artist. Naturally, many members of the team also previously worked on the Forza Horizon series.

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