Microsoft intends to resurrect the Fable franchise less than two years after shutting down its creator, Lionhead Studios. According to a Eurogamer report, the company has asked Forza Horizon developer Playground Studios to work on a new game in the popular fantasy series. "Sources close to the project" are said to have leaked the news, though Microsoft has predictably refused to confirm or comment on the rumor. It's suggested the new Fable will be an open-world, story and character-driven affair featuring RPG elements, with Microsoft rekindling its interest in the genre after seeing the success Sony had with Horizon Zero Dawn. Such a move would mark a return to form for the series after it entered free-to-play, 'games-as-a-service' territory with the canceled Fable Legends. Around 200 people are apparently being tasked with bringing the new game to life, and development will begin at Playground's newly-opened office in Leamington … [Read more...] about Report: Microsoft wants Forza Horizon developer to resurrect Fable
A new Fable game is in the works at Forza Horizon developer Playground Games, according to a new report. Eurogamer's sources say the new title will be a "story and character-focused open-world action RPG," as opposed to a spin-off such as the multiplayer-centric Fable Legends or motion-controlled Fable: The Journey.The game is apparently still in the early stages of development at Playground's newly-opened second studio. The company has previously confirmed that it's working on a non-racing open-world game, codenamed Project 2, but until now we had no idea what that might be. A Microsoft representative told GameSpot that the company "does not comment on rumor or speculation."Regarding the rumors, Fable co-creator Simon Carter told Eurogamer he has "slightly mixed feelings." He continued: "On the one hand it's great for the UK games industry, and very pleasing that Fable isn't dead; indeed, it will be lovely to play one as a punter without coming out in hives."On the other hand it is a … [Read more...] about New Fable Game In Development At Forza Horizon Studio
Earlier this month a highly circulated rumor suggested that Fable 4 is in the development at a UK studio. While many questioned the validity of the leaked information, a new report has lent the speculation some credibility and offers some new details about the next Fable game. A big-budget Fable game is currently in developmentaccording to sources close to the project who spoke with Eurogamer. The game is in the works at UK-based developer Playground Games, which is also the team behind the much-loved Forza Horizon racing games. Playground is reportedly planning to make the game an open-world action RPG that is focused on characters and story. A “significant investment” is going to be made in the development of this new Fable game, including a huge increase of staff at the developer. 200 people are set to work on the game at Playground’s recently opened second studio in Leamington Spa and the developer is currently on a major hiring spree. Though, that hiring spree … [Read more...] about Report: New Fable Game Being Made by Forza Horizon Developer
By Sherif Saed, Monday, 15 January 2018 16:37 GMT Forza Horizon 3 was among the games Microsoft promised would get enhanced for Xbox One X, and it’s now time to see it in action. Forza Horizon 3 already supports HDR, but the game maxed out at 1080p on Xbox One when it first launched in 2016. Now, thanks to a new patch, Forza Horizon 3 runs at native 4K resolutions. But that’s not all, the update also brings a few visual upgrades such as improved car reflections, shadow resolutions, improved texture quality for roads and terrain surfaces, and increased levels of detail and draw distances. These updates also extend to the game’s two expansions, Blizzard Mountain, and Hot Wheels. Forza Horizon 3 should now load a bit faster, too, thanks to the upgraded CPU and RAM inside the Xbox One X. Developer Playground Games choose to focus on visual enhancements with this update, so don’t expect the frame-rate to go above 30fps. At launch, Forza Horizon 3 maintained a … [Read more...] about Forza Horizon 3 now supports native 4K thanks to Xbox One X patch
Fable 4 – from a studio previously dedicated to car games? Hell, why not. Fable 4 may be in the works at Forza Horizon developer Playground Games, according to a trail of Internet sleuthing that caused me to bite through my teacup in excitement. Let’s start with some established facts: Playground Games is working on an open world RPG, and has expanded its office space and poached a bunch of UK talent to do so. Now let’s look at something less concrete: according to a user on ResetEra, the quasi-successor to NeoGAF, a bunch of upcoming Xbox One titles were leaked to developers via the Xbox Live API. As reported by WCCFTech, the alleged former Xbox game developer did not share the full details of the leak, they hinted at imminent Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 betas, a third-person Perfect Dark game developed by The Coalition and another team, four-player campaign co-op for Crackdown 3, a Forza Horizon game set in Japan, Age of Empires 4, a Halo mode with a really … [Read more...] about Holy shit, is that open world RPG the Forza Horizon team is working on actually Fable 4?