You may recall that earlier in the year Lionhead Studios – the British developer behind the Fable franchise – was forced to close its doors.
Considering Microsoft retain the rights to the flagship action RPG franchise, any hopes of Fable 4 have effectively been dashed – at least for the foreseeable future.
There may be a small glimmer of light on the horizon, however, as Fable creator Peter Molyneux recently revealed that he’d be open to returning to the series.
He told OXM:
It’s crazy that Fable 4 isn’t being made. I would love to do Fable 4, and the studio tried to do it. You’d have to get the original team back together though.
Molyneux also pointed out that Lionhead didn’t always have the best relationship with publisher Microsoft, highlighting the studio’s British sense of humour as a particular bugbear.
I think it was the sense of humour. You know the British, slightly politically incorrect sense of humour, especially with Fable, where we had prostitutes and same-sex marriage. Microsoft were appalled, you know, they were busily going around trying to rub all the nipples out of all the women just not to offend people.
Other members of Lionhead who worked on Fable at various points have also spoken out about their struggles with Lionhead – including the battle they faced to try and get a black woman on the cover of Fable 3 (a battle they lost).
For now, the future of Fable remains unclear, but such a cherished franchise can’t stay out of action for long.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.