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Fable makes its long-awaited return at the Xbox Games Showcase

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Fable 4 (opens in new tab) rumors have been swirling since at least 2018, and got a big boost a few weeks ago when Microsoft renewed the Fable trademark (opens in new tab) with "intent to use." At today's Xbox Games Showcase, it finally got around to making it official, revealing "a new beginning" for Fable being developed by Forza Horizon studio Playground Games.

The new trailer didn't reveal much, although that big open landscape could hint an some kind of open-world game. No spoilers, but the end of the teaser suggests that Fable's sometimes offbeat sense of humor will remain intact, too. 

Whatever's in store, it looks great, and we've finally got confirmation that it's happening. For now, I'll settle for that.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.