With the closure of Lionhead Studios and Fable Legends’ cancellation in 2016, many had given up hope on another entry in the long-running RPG series. However, rumours surrounding Playground Games (who were recently acquired by Microsoft), developers of the acclaimed Forza Horizon series, suggest that the studio is working on an open-world RPG, with many fans believing it’s Fable 4.
Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about Fable 4 including all the latest news and rumours. We’ve also got a wishlist compiling all the features we’d love to see.
Fable 4 news – Potential details leak ahead of E3 2019
E3 2019 is only a few days away, meaning that leaks are beginning to emerge faster than we can cover them. One of them happens to concern Fable 4, teasing our very first glimpse of gameplay details for Microsoft’s rumoured RPG sequel.
Having emerged on Reddit, the details come from a video that has since been removed. We haven’t seen it for ourselves, so take all the details below with a grain of salt for now:
- First/third-person perspective
- Runs on Unreal Engine
- Completely open-world
- No firearms
- Can ignore main quest and focus on being a hero
- Players can build towns which can influence the main quest
In terms of the setting and how it relates to previous games, the leak claims that Albion and Aurora are gone. Lands we grew to know have been “reduced to fables” as Playground Games hopes to build a new world it can make its own mark on. If true, we think this is the right direction to take for a bunch of reasons.
Time travel will be involved as will multiple planets accessed via a Demon Door, teasing that Fable 4 is an ambitious, multi-continent epic. We’d love to see this come to fruition, and hope Lionhead’s signature charm and humour remains intact throughout. We’re sure to hear more at Microsoft’s E3 2019 conference.
What is Fable 4?
The last entry in Lionhead’s iconic RPG series launched exclusively for Xbox 360 in 2010 and was the last time we’d see the series outside of Kinect exclusives before the premature demise of Fable Legends.
Details are very sparse for Fable 4 thus far although we presume it’ll be an open-world fantasy RPG with player choice and exploration at the forefront.
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Fable 4 release date – when is it coming out?
Microsoft is yet to make any mention of Fable 4, let alone a formal announcement. Knowing this, a release date likely won’t surface for a long time.
Fable 4 wishlist – things we’d love to see
A deeper morality system
Past Fable titles were relatively black and white when it came to how your hero was presented. To reap the benefits it was recommended to be either completely evil or an absolute angel in the eyes of society. Morality was a one-way street in many ways so it was hard to craft a personality that felt truly unique.
We’d love for Fable 4 to completely overhaul what it means to be a hero or villain in the land of Albion. CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3 is the gold standard for this. Geralt remains a neutral power with player responses that can be hard to decipher. Fable 4 allowing us to follow a similar train of ambiguity would be excellent.
A bigger and better world
Fable has always been about growth. Growing as a character while exploring an evolving world both in terms of space and culture. Fable 4 should take the next step with a truly expansive world to explore filled with unpredictable surprises and engrossing stories to tell.
Albion has never been defined properly either, with its landmass changing dramatically with each new entry in the series. Knowing this, Playground Games’ has free reign to shape it however they see fit.
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RPGs are no strangers to mounts, whether it be a mythical creature in World of Warcraft or The Witcher 3’s Roach, having a trusty steed to navigate the land before you makes things far more convenient.
Fable 4 desperately needs a mechanic like this. A merchant dealing in all sorts of mounts would be excellent to see, especially if they each come with a range of different skills. Their appearance could even reflect the moral standing of our character, donning devil horns or angelic wings as a result.
An epic storyline
To many, Fable 3 was a bit of a disappointment. The story ended with an anticlimactic whimper that failed to deliver on an epic, world-ending battle Lionhead had been building up for dozens of hours. It was over in minutes, leaving a bad taste in our mouths as the credits rolled.
We want Fable 4 to deliver in telling an epic yet personal story that spans the entirety of Albion. Ruling over the kingdom itself proved to be a detriment in Fable 3, so perhaps a more muted position in the early hours would result in a more rewarding experience.
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