We've consulted our USB-powered crystal balls, and we think Fable 4 (opens in new tab) could be one of the E3 2019 games (opens in new tab) announcements from team Xbox. If you don't trust our psychic powers, then you might want to take a look at this latest Mixer update, which lists Fable 4 right there in the search results. Now, nothing’s there at the moment, but Mixer is Microsoft's official streaming service, so it's unlikely the listing would be in there unless they were anticipating Fable 4's arrival sometime soon.
Fable 4 has yet to be officially announced, but reports from games industry insiders suggest that UK studio Playground Games - home of the Forza Horizon series - has been working on it. Of course, the studio that created Fable, Lionhead, closed in 2016 (opens in new tab). The last Lionhead Fable game was Fable: Legends, a disastrous attempt to make the narratively rich open-world game into a free-to-play co-op game (opens in new tab). Fable 3 art director and Lionhead veteran John McCormack even revealed (opens in new tab) that his pitch for a grittier Fable 4 had been turned down in favor of Fable Legends. Since then Fable Fortune, a free-to-play card game, has been released.
In 2017, after the Lionhead closure, Xbox boss Phil Spencer certainly hinted that he hadn't given on up the series.
Nothing to announce right now but I do think the IP has a lot of places it could go.April 30, 2017
One thing is for sure, and that's that Fable 4 would be the perfect mix of old and new if it was announced as an Xbox Project Scarlett launch title.
Microsoft's Xbox E3 2019 showcase will take place on Sunday, June 9 at 1:00 pm PT, 4pm ET and 9pm UK time, and if we're going to get an official announcement it'll be there. We'll bring you all the news from the show, and any other leaks that spring before then.
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