Its seems Albion is in need of another hero, and not one that just chases chickens.
Rumours of a new Fable game has been flying around for the past couple of weeks until Eurogamer confirmed that the UK based company, Playground is heading the next installment of the franchise. This comes just two years after it was announced that Lionhead studios were closing down due to bankruptcy and that the game they were working on, Fable Legends, was also canceled. Microsoft apparently gained interest in the Fable series once again due to the success of Horizon Zero Dawn. This new Fable game is rumored to be very story focused, character-driven, and will be another in a long line of big open world RPGs. The first title in the series sold over 3 million copies while the second installment sold 3.5 million. Fable 3 had a projection of 5 million copies but didn’t quite make the sales.
How Will It Compete With Other RPGs
The possibility of Fable coming back is huge. It was a major Xbox exclusive and made a name for itself with its tone of British humor. Lionhead put UK developers on the map with the release of Fable and was one of the heavy hitters when it came to the open world genre. Playground has its work cut out for them as they are up against the like of games like Skyrim, The Witcher 3 and The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. Back in the day, Fable felt huge, as the towns of Oakvale and Bowerstone felt so different. From saving traders to figuring out demon doors (Honestly 2004 me had a really tough time with those damn doors), there felt like there was a lot to do in Albion. But 2004 was 18 years ago and while the series is still plenty of fun, it’s hard to compare Fable to other massive RPG’s. The first Fable and Fable 3 had 65 quests. Fable 2 had 53 quests. While it’s true that there is plenty to do in these games, compared to the scope of other open world games, Fable just doesn’t compare. Gamers are looking for bigger and better things and the world of RPG’s has grown significantly since Fable 3 came out in 2010. And they could look towards the most powerful console ever made for help.
In a recent interview, the creative director of Playground Games, Ralph Fulton, confirmed that the Xbox One X will be the lead platform for their next project. As for why, Ralph has this to say:
“[Xbox consoles] have always been good consoles to work on” Fulton said, “but in terms of the power the Xbox One X has on your desk, it’s a fantastic bit of kit for developers.” He goes on to say this translates to better games, which is great for developers and gamers alike.
What We Want In Fable 4
There are some key features that need to come back in Fable 4. Things like; A large variety of weapons. I don’t want to have just the choice of sword or hammer and pistol or blunderbuss. Katanas, cleavers, pickaxes, and crossbows were fun to use and having the choice of what to equip yourself with is one of the things that made Fable feel built for you. Demon doors need to stay In the game, it felt really rewarding once you finally opened one and got the treasure inside. And finally, silver keys. Silver keys were a great collectible which often leads to legendary weapons and armors.
Consequences Made Fable Great
For many young gamers, Fable was the first experience that focuses on the choice you make and the consequences of those choices. Do you choose to kill the Guildmaster in the very end? Do you use the gold in your treasury for personal gain and let some of your citizens die? Perhaps the biggest choice of all, do you put on Jack of Blades mask in the end and become the embodiment of evil? You may have been a hero but not in everybody’s eyes. Those devil horns that grew out of your forehead weren’t just a fashion statement and the townsfolk didn’t appreciate it when you yelled at them and gave them the finger. Once you get past all the rude gestures and commands, Fable made you realize that no matter what you decide, there’s not always a right answer. No choice or action isn’t without consequences and games like Fable mirror real life. Whether we know it or not, what we say, what we do in our daily lives affects the people around us and can even have a domino effect and have repercussions that we don’t even realize.
Hopefully, we hear more about Fable 4 soon and maybe it could even make an appearance at E3 this year. For now, we’ll all just have to keep chasing chickens.
Written by Sterling Guilherme, Professional Writing Major at Algonquin College