Microsoft comments on the future of Fable

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Looking back on the series, I kind of think that Fable was largely…rubbish. Make no mistake, the world-building and characters within that particular universe were top-notch, but the rest of the actual experience.Ennnnhhhhh. I’d say that Fable 3 and Fable: The Journey represented the nadir of the series, a collection of games with lofty ideas that never materialised.

Fable Legends on the other hand, looked damn fun. Outside of the influence of creator and regular over-promiser Peter Molyneux, Fable Legends reimagined the formula as an online version of Dungeons ‘n Dragons essentially, complete with one player having the chance to flex their sadistic muscles as a dungeon master that laid traps for the other four players opposing them.

Actually, it was kind of more of a version of SAW when I think about it, which probably explains why I enjoyed it so much. I want to play a game. That game was canned back in March of 2016, as Microsoft reckoned that this version of Fables wouldn’t set the world on fire. So is the mainline Fable a dead franchise then? Is it a recently expired brand-name within the industry? Or is it merely pining for the Fjords? “Fable is very near and dear to my heart,” Xbox first-party publishing team boss Shannon Loftis said to GameSpot.

Actually one of the primary reasons [I moved to England] was to work with the team on Fable II. Fable Fortune is now out, the card game. We love the IP. I can’t talk right now about whether we’re doing anything with it or not, but if I ever get the chance to go back to Albion …

So pretty much a case of never say never then. Microsoft owns the rights to Fable, and I’d wager that with the company needing more first-party exclusives for the Xbox family that we’d see a revival sooner rather than later. While Fable Fortune is out and alive, it’s not the same thing of course. Still, I’d gladly pay for a Fable game which does manage to do the impossible for that brand: Deliver on its promises.

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Last Updated: October 30, 2017

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  • This poor franchise. I loved Fable 1 and 2 🙁

    • Skittle

      Never played 2 but 1 was great

  • Hammersteyn

    Peter Molyneux isn’t doing anything these days. Crack the whip, let him work on it. I miss his PR talk.

    • Guild

      Please don’t.

      • Hammersteyn

        XD

  • Original Heretic

    These games were better if you didn’t follow the hype. If you went in expecting everything Molyneux waxed on about, you were going to be disappointed.
    If not, they were enjoyable.

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