Microsoft has tasked a studio with reviving the Fable brand just a few years after shutting former Fable studio Lionhead. According to a report by Eurogamer, Forza Horizon developer Playground Games is working on a new Fable title. This matches previous reports that Playground was working on an open-world adventure as its second title. Apparently, Sony's success with Horizon Zero Dawn convinced Microsoft to give the fantasy series another shot.
Eurogamer further reports that you shouldn't expect to see this new Fable anytime soon. Playground Games recently established a second office in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK. They studio is planned to house 200 developers, but Playground is currently in the hiring process. The primary Playground studio will likely continue work on the biennial Forza Horizon series.
"On the one hand it's great for the UK games industry, and very pleasing that Fable isn't dead; indeed, it will be lovely to play one as a punter, without coming out in hives," Fable co-creator Simon Carter told Eurogamer. "On the other hand it is a little curious to get rid of the team that is uniquely expert in making Fable, and then try and make Fable. Fable is a weird game, and a tough one to deconstruct for a new team. That said, the team in question is very talented, and I'm sure they'll do a fantastic job."
The new Fable will be a clean break for the franchise, not using the assets previously made for the defunct Fable Legends. The latter title was Lionhead's last shot at the property, but the game was cancelled and Lionhead shuttered by Microsoft as a result. The last full Fable release was Fable Anniversary in 2014.