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Fable 4: everything we know about the new beginning for Fable

Fable 4
(Image credit: Microsoft, Playground Games)

Fable 4 is confirmed at last! Or, the next Fable game, anyway. The brief teaser we got at the Xbox Games Showcase didn't actually include a four—but this is definitely the fourth main Fable game. Wait, we are 100% sure they aren't making another card game, right?

A teaser trailer finally showed up in the July Xbox show after years of speculation and rumors and denials from Microsoft. Lionhead Studios is long gone, but the Fable name will live on with Playground Games, the studio responsible for Forza Horizon. We don't know much about the next Fable game just yet, but now that we've got official word that it's real, we can put all the speculation we've heard into context. 

So let's scoop up all those rumors and sift through them to figure out what we actually know and what we think we know about the next game in the not-so-happily-ever-after fantasy series.

Here's the Fable 4 reveal trailer

Fable 4

(Image credit: Microsoft, Playground Games)

First thing's first, check out the reveal trailer that Playground Studios debuted at the Xbox Games showcase in July. It's light on detail—more than likely this is just a fun cinematic that doesn't indicate much about the final game. It does have that familiar vibe of Tolkein-like fantasy being trod on by the messy reality of medieval life though. Fable remains silly.

When is the Fable 4 release date?

We have no clue yet, but it doesn't seem likely that it's coming in 2020. Since we've only seen a quick teaser reveal so far, Fable 4 may still be a year or more away. Microsoft basically pulled an Elder Scrolls 6 on us, really, a quick cinematic trailer ending with a title over a huge vista. At least this Fable 4 teaser came with some voiceover narration and a little skit to set the tone. 

What will Fable 4's gameplay be like?

We now know for sure that Playground Games, who'd been previously rumored as the Fable 4 studio, is definitely the team in charge. That lends a bit of credence to some of the other rumors we already heard about its take on Fable gameplay.

According to a 2018 Eurogamer report, Playground had been chipping away at Fable 4 for a few years with a team of about 200 on an open-world action RPG. Playground beefed up a new Warwickshire studio just for it, so this definitely isn't a small-time Fable spinoff.

What Fable 4 rumors are out there?

Several scriptwriters from Batman: Arkham Knight joined Playground Games to work on the rumored Fable 4, as reported by VGC. As of August 2019, Arkham Knight senior scriptwriter Kim MacAskill, Martin Lancaster, and Craig Owens are all apparently on the project.

Fable 4 setting rumors were drawn from a video leaked from an unverified source, allegedly providing a brief overview of Fable 4's setting and structure. Problem is, it's since been scrubbed from the internet. You can check out the original Reddit thread where the video was shared if you like, but here's the gist: 

  • It'll feature first- and third-person perspectives
  • Guns are gone
  • It's possible to ignore the main quest
  • Players can build towns
  • There will be a multiplayer component
  • It's built in the Unreal Engine
  • Time travel and interplanetary travel will feature

Hold on. Interplanetary travel? Yeah, that sounds completely buckwild. The original post states that Albion and Aurora were destroyed by an asteroid willed to strike by the wish of a mad king. You allegedly play a character in the far-flung future, at a point when humanity has managed to reach a medieval-like civilization again. Talk about a reset. It sounds too ridiculous to be true, but it also sounds like a perfectly fine excuse to wipe the slate clean, which would allow a new studio more creative freedom. 

We don't have any confirmation on the rumor itself, but the official trailer for Fable 4 gives the description "Fable returns with a new beginning for the legendary franchise. Explore a land of fantastical creatures and wondrous places." We can't say for sure that Fable is getting a new beginning based on an asteroid, but hey, that would be a heck of a way to clear the slate.

Will they put the 4 in middle of the name because it looks like an A?

Fable 4 title

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F4BLE. F4BLE. 

Thank goodness they didn't.

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