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There's been some confusion surrounding the new Fable since its announcement last week. The incredibly brief teaser at the Xbox Series X game event confirmed two things: That the game is called Fable - not Fable 4 - and that it's being developed by UK-based Forza studio Playground Games.
Predictably, this vague reveal trailer gave way to a whole lot of speculation in regards to what this new Fable actually is. One convincing report from a French journalist who accurately predicted everything else from the Xbox show suggested that the upcoming game would be an MMO, and not an open-world RPG in the style of the classic Fable games.
This hasn't gone down brilliantly with the fans who've been waiting a decade for a new single-player Fable, as I'm sure you can imagine. However, it's now being reported that Fable will be the open-world RPG we were expecting... albeit with some online elements.
Multiple sources familiar with development on the new Fable have confirmed to Windows Central that the MMO rumours are absolute nonsense. "There may be online elements like co-op functionality or limited, optional shared spaces," the publication notes. "But nothing to the extent that would justify classifying the game as an MMO."
This should come as a relief to those of us who were a little hesitant about the idea of missing out on a single-player Fable adventure. This also tracks with some of the earliest job listings for Fable, which were first shared by Playground Games way back in 2018. Even the most recent listing for a lead scriptwriter describes Fable as an open-world action RPG, and not an MMO. A job spec would surely have to be pretty upfront about something like that, right?
Hopefully we'll get more details on Fable soon. While the CG reveal was incredibly exciting for the 30 seconds it was on, it wasn't quite what we were hoping to see from Microsoft after all this time. We have no idea how far into development the new game is, but you'd think Playground and Microsoft could have showed us a little bit more, if only to allay any fears that fans of the series might have.
The franchise has been dead for ten years and is now being developed by a studio best known for racing games, after all. If nothing else, showing - or even just telling - us a bit more about the new Fable could have neatly side-stepped all of this MMO speculation.
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