‘Fable 4′ Not Currently In Development; ‘Crackdown 3′ Just Needs Right Team

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Fable 4 Not Developing

Great Britain has a a compact but thriving games industry, with studios including Rocksteady, Rockstar and Codemasters, as well as a slew of talented indie developers native to the UK. Known for its pedigree in programming and game development, it is a place that has spawned some of the world’s most beloved game creators and franchises. However, two of the Britain’s most prominent IPs may take a while to add to their ‘core’ installments.

Fans of both Crackdown and Fable looking for more stories and a move to the next-gen Xbox One may be disappointed to hear that neither is making any progress on their main story arcs. Those looking to jump back into Fable‘s world and mythos have some respite on the way. Announced on Tuesday, Fable Legends is an Xbox One exclusive that sets a focus on multiplayer co-op centered around a team of adventurers fighting against one player who plays a villain.  Lionhead Studios wanted (and then didn’t want) to make clear that Legends is the only game on their plate and that no other Fable game (i.e. Fable 4) is currently in development. The following was posted on the official forums in a Q&A session:

Fable Legends is the only Fable core game in development, and we have no plans to make a sequel to Fable 3.

The news may seem distressing to some but in another light, shines some promise onto Fable Legends. The company did say that the game is a “near-exclusive priority” for the studio. Thats suggest that while it may not have the number and singleplayer to mark it as a part of the franchise’s central narrative, it’s being treated as such and needs to make up for the disappointment that was the Kinect-based Fable: The Journey.

For the conspiracy theorists out there, the forum post has since disappeared, removed entirely from the site. At a stretch this could perhaps suggest that the post was wrong and that there in fact plans for Fable 4 afoot. Don’t put much weight into that though.

Crackdown 3 Delayed

On the Crackdown side, despite dropping the game’s logo during the Xbox One’s unveiling, things are looking a little less rosy. In an interview with Eurogamer, Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer explained that Crackdown is a franchise they want to explore further but one that also needs to find the right home. The series is currently without a studio since the first game’s developers Realtime Worlds are no more, and Ruffian Games who created the sequel has denied involvement. Spencer did say that he feels the game should keep to its British roots though.

“There was a nice UK sensibility to the way the game was developed. I think that’s important to the franchise as well.”

Do you think there should be another Crackdown? Has Lionhead Studios made the right call in resting their core series and exploring new pastures in the world of Albion?

Sources: Lionhead Studios, Eurogamer

TAGS: Crackdown, Crackdown 2, Crackdown 3, Fable, Fable 4, Lionhead Studios, Microsoft, Xbox One

  • Jacob

    We already have crackdown 3 and its called saints row 4

  • Zach

    THey will really need to give Crackdown 3 a massive overhaul to make me buy it after the waste of time called Crackdown 2.

  • fanofgames

    Fable legends is going to be a huge dissapointment… Unlike other games in the series, you can only choose between 4 different characters, and the villain. It is essentially a dungeon crawler, with VERY little village interaction. No property management, or morphing due to alignment. Once a player is given a quest, they are immediately sent to the dungeon. AI will substitute for the characters if there is no other players. DO NOT get your hopes up.

    • Guardian

      “Fable legends is going to be a huge dissapointment… Unlike other games in the series…”


      >Implying they weren’t all disapointments.

      They were all progressively dissapointing with Fable III being the worst.
      I don’t understand how a Game with such great concept and potential is mangled so badly by the developers. If they actually made a serious effort to flesh out the game and actually innovate rather than having dumb gimmicks every time it releases game, they would have something great.

      But apparently that’s too much work.

    • http://www.metagame.org Coral Griffon

      Just to be clear, the four characters shown off in the trailer are not the only four characters you can play. They’ve said these are just the first of many.

  • http://None Gantiz

    I enjoyed both Crackdown and Crackdown 2 so I have been looking forward to the 3rd installment. As for Fable, I guess I was one of the few people who truly enjoyed it (except for the glitched achievements). While I feel like most people about how Fable got worse as the franchise progressed, I am hopeful now that Molenoux is gone.

    • Eviltwin

      I loved crackdown 2!!! I still play it when I beat all my other games. It is one of my most favorite games that I can play. I have been waiting for an announcement about it but I have heard nothing. I really am looking forward to it (if ever) being released.