Xbox Games Studios has a lot of developers working on exciting new games for the platform, but it is taking some time before players will see the fruits of that labor. One of these titles is the much-anticipated reboot of the Fable franchise, simply named: Fable. It was revealed all the way back in 2020 with a CGI teaser trailer that gave fans a brief glimpse of the tone that the new game was going for. We’ve seen nothing new from the game since that first trailer, but there has been some good news in the form of a talented writer joining the development team.
The latest news is that Andrew Walsh has joined developer Playground Games to work on the new Fable. Walsh has previous experience with the Fable franchise, as he was the lead writer on Fable Legends which was canceled before it could be released. That cancellation was due to the fact that the original developer of the Fable series, Lionhead Studios, was closed down by Microsoft. Walsh has also worked as a senior writer on Horizon Forbidden West and held the position of associate narrative director on Horizon Call of the Mountain. The writer took to Twitter to reveal the good news himself.
In his Tweet, Walsh said: “So, Albion has beckoned once again. I’m delighted to announce that I’ve had the chance to join the wonderful team @WeArePlayground working on the new #Fable!” He followed this up by saying that he is happy to be working with the people at Playground Games.
This follows another recent hiring with Anna Megill who joined the team as the narrative lead. Megill has worked on games like Dishonoured: Death of the Outsider and Control, proving that she has the experience needed for this role.
Playground Games will be treading new ground with the development of Fable. The studio is best known for working on the Forza Horizon series, which has received plenty of acclaim from critics and fans over its five main entries thus far. Meanwhile, the Fable series was a popular trilogy of Western RPGs that were released on the original Xbox and Xbox 360 by Lionhead Studios. The games feature plenty of decision-making and a distinctly British sense of humor which seems to be alive and well from the one teaser trailer that we’ve seen of the Fable reboot. In fact, Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios, has gone on record to say that he has been impressed with what he has seen of the game and wants the team to show off their work as soon as it’s ready.
Fable doesn’t currently have a release window, and the only teaser trailer for the game was revealed back in 2020. Hopefully, Microsoft and Playground Games can provide players with a more substantial update in the coming months.