Now Would Be A Great Time For Microsoft To Announce Fable 4

Microsoft needs something that can stand up against the likes of Zelda and Horizon.

Posted By | On 30th, Mar. 2017 Under Article, Editorials | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


Xbox and Microsoft have not been in the conversation as much for the last few months– this is something we have covered before. A lot of this has to do with Microsoft’s greatly diminished first party output, which has caused them to not be able to keep pace with Sony pumping one highly desirable and successful exclusive hit after another- but equally important is the fact that of the games that Microsoft still is keeping in its portfolio, nothing remains that can catch critical attention the way a new, ambitious, single player game could.

There is a reason that of Xbox exclusives, games like Scalebound, Quantum Break, and ReCore got the most attention- while multiplayer games generate revenues over sustained periods of time, single player experiences are what garner gamer attention, and mindshare for your games and systems. All games that Microsoft is currently working on are multiplayer, games as a service style games- Forza, Halo, Gears of War, even the upcoming Sea of Thieves. It’s actually hard to remember the last time we got a good, ambitious single player IP from Microsoft.

Fable Legends Xbox One

"The frustrating thing is, they have brands in their portfolio that could fill in as Zelda or Horizon counters- let’s sidestep the Scalebound cancellation, for a minute."

This means that Microsoft was ill prepared for the double punch of Horizon: Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild– both are highly ambitious, extremely accomplished single player games, that were incredibly acclaimed, drew a lot of attention to their respective platforms (the Nintendo Switch has been Nintendo’s most successful launch ever, all on the back of Zelda), and sold a lot. These are things you don’t hear about Microsoft games anymore- because Microsoft is not putting out these kinds of experiences at this point.

The frustrating thing is, they have brands in their portfolio that could fill in as Zelda or Horizon counters- let’s sidestep the Scalebound cancellation, for a minute. Even so, what about FableFable‘s star has fallen a bit in recent years, due to ill conceived gimmicky spin offs that were either terrible, or never got to the market, but back in its day, Fable was actually good- not great, sure, but Fable and Fable 2 hinted at genuine potential that could have been realized had Microsoft stuck with the IP and developed it. A full fledged open world next generation Fable would have been more than enough to be able to give Microsoft its own viable contender against Horizon and Zelda– I don’t know if it would have been as good as either of those games, but at least Microsoft would have had something.

"Really, it all comes back to the fact that Microsoft needs to cultivate highly engaging single player focused games and brands. I do wish they would bring Fable, or something like it on the Scorpio."

One even struggles to understand why Fable Legends was canceled at all- Fable consistently sold in the range of 3-5 million copies per instalment- the franchise was successful, and given the love for RPGs in the wake of Skyrim, would have been a valuable addition to Microsoft’s arsenal.

Really, it all comes back to the fact that Microsoft needs to cultivate highly engaging single player focused games and brands. I do wish they would bring Fable, or something like it on the Scorpio. In the wake of Horizon and Zelda being successful, that is something they could surely use. Lionhead is gone now, so we don’t know who’ll get to make it- but it’s not like Microsoft hasn’t handed its franchises to other studios to continue them before, either.

Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, GamingBolt as an organization.


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  • Sp4ctr0

    Maybe MS have next Tomb Raider as exclusive for Xbox Scorpio? Game is probably ready for 2017:

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  • KashIsKlay

    Well Ori and The Blind Forest was a great single player game, so was Sunset Overdrive. Not sure why those weren’t mentioned. It would be a good time to announce Fable 4. The first state of decay was great as single player experience, part 2 should be as well and even better with co-op.

  • Gamez Rule

    In my opinion any true full console exclusives are welcomed for Xbone gamers
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    • kma99

      Thank god your opinion doesn’t mean much.

    • Gamez Rule

      Much like your post.

    • kma99

      Funny coming from a guy who doesn’t know how streaming services generate money

    • Gamez Rule

      Right!/…☺

    • kma99

      Exactly right. You showed utmost stupidity trying to make yourself seem smart.

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      You’re just making yourself look bad by posting worthless crap as usual, so carry on trolling. ☺☺☺

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    • Gamez Rule

      I don’t know what makes you stupid but it works that’s for sure.

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      Here’s one for people too read.

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      Now if you don’t mind I’ll get back to watching Netfilx on the Xbox One☺

    • kma99

      Lol dont get upset mr its ok for sony to buy up third party games because they do it better lol.

    • Gamez Rule

      I’m not upset, I’m laughing at you not with you mate☺ And yes Destiny 2 is on pre-order for PS4 as I’m not waiting for content to come over to Xbone again.

    • kma99

      Soooooooo? Who cares about destiny or that stupid content beside rabid fanboys trying to brag about trivial stuff lol. Just the other day u were bragging about mostly playing pc now you’re back on this ps4 thing lol. You flip flop alot

    • Gamez Rule

      When third party games release with extra content coming to PS4 before other platforms IMO it would be wise to buy it for PS4 as it’s far from trivial stuff when it interests you☺

      Has Xbone got any true full console exclusive games released this year that cannot be played on other hardware? Or has MS bought into any third party games to please Xbone gamers? I know Sony has both. But hopefully at E3 MS will show games and not cancel them this time.

    • kma99

      Wow a few weeks ago you were bragging about resolution and playing nioh at 1440 because u like cinematic gamed at 30 frames with better graphics. Lol now you want extra gear and a strike played in reverse order to make you feel superior. Lol flip flop much

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      I’ll let you know how the extra content is so you’re not left out☺

      PS: Nioh is good too☺

    • kma99

      I dont need to know. I can play anything on any system. Nioh is terrible and boring and i will play it on ps now when it hits the pc

    • Gamez Rule

      “Nioh is terrible and boring”…. “and i will play it on ps now when it hits the pc” ….LOL as you state,,,Flip flop much☺

    • kma99

      No im acting like u. Funny how u condemn your own actions when it’s thrown back in your face.

    • Gamez Rule

      If anything has been thrown back it’s you that’s the throwback in life. You just don’t make sense☺

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    • kma99

      Lol im winning in life while you sit here and get your knees dirty for sony. Supposedly grown man acting childish over video games

    • crazy_black_man-

      LOL. Awww…dont be mad. Its gonna be ok.

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      Everyone’s entitled to act stupid once in awhile, but Kma99 abuses the privilege☺

    • kma99

      Never that. Your sony cuck friend is simply a liar and a idiot.

    • Gamez Rule

      A liar and an idiot …. LMAO! You really are raging aren’t you☺

      I really don’t know what your problem is, but I’m guessing it’s hard to pronounce, and truth is If I wanted to hear from an as5hole, I’d fart. So stop throwing your toys out the pram☺

      And where is ya PS4 or are you lying you have one☺

    • kma99

      Why would i rage. You are the only that was bragging about mainly playing on your pc then resort to hyping up all these games u play on ps4. Lets not forget how u told us exactly what sony gameplan was for ps now that you couldn’t back up. Yet im the one who’s raging lol. No im provoking u to make more of an idiot of yourself.

    • Gamez Rule

      I play on ALL platforms, and have used PC more than consoles but will use consoles when it benefits me, like Destiny 2 on PS4☺

      Where is this so called “gameplan was for ps now” that I so called “couldn’t back up”?.. FACT is PS-Now is not as good as having the PS4 when it comes to paying PS4 games.

      So if ignorance is bliss, you’ll be the happiest person on the planet as no matter what you posts you only read what you want to see without seeing the bigger picture on Streaming games and playing games via hardware☺

    • kma99

      You play nothing. You go tp every xbox article and cry and complain about Microsoft. Then you head over to sony articles just to cry and complain about Microsoft all while stroking sonys shaft. When all else fails you talk about how you mainly game on pc just like the rest of the sonycucks.

    • Gamez Rule

      And what I do is just like others in the world including yourself, it’s called posting and replying☺

      You complain about a console you don’t even own ( even when you say you do ) and always post about how bad Nioh is on PS4-Pro due to dropping resolution sometimes to 720p to keep up frame-rates lol *Prove ya got a PS4 without excuses*.

      As for the Sony name calling carry on, but save some breath, you’ll probably need it to blow up your next date. Stupidity isn’t a crime, so feel free to carry on☺

    • kma99

      Its one thing to reply and comment its another to regurgitate the same old crap day in and out. Ee get it you like playstation better than xbox now get over it and move on.

    • Gamez Rule

      Nope: I’m still waiting for MS to release some full true console exclusives that cannot be played on another system as this year my Xbone has been either sitting there when really that shouldn’t be the case. Even Phil-S knows that much☺

      So if that’s asking for the same old thing day in and out then all that should show is MS have an issue to fix…It’s called *releasing some games for Xbone users*.

    • kma99

      Spoken like a true immature cuck.

    • Gamez Rule

      If anything it would be *posted* not spoken ya numpty☺

      But carry on with the name calling. We can all be funny, like I bet your birth certificate was an apology letter from the condom factory wasn’t it☺

    • kma99

      The cuck want to be the internet grammer police. Tell sony to not put their games on pc. There is no true exclusives anymore get over it.

    • Gamez Rule

      Oh bless ya, carry on like I pointed out with the childish name calling, & no matter what you post you’re the reason the gene pool needs a lifeguard. Enjoy Steaming Nioh IF it comes to PC☺

    • kma99

      U act like a child i treat u like a child. It’s that simple.

    • Gamez Rule

      Well that was original. I would love to insult you, but let’s be honest that would be beyond the level of your intelligence.

      Getting back on track about this article *releasing some games for Xbone users* will be nice, or at least showing us some games that can only be played on the consoles MS have already released would be awesome. Thankfully I have other hardware to use while …waiting.

    • One With Shadows

      Dan?? That you??? Lol. Oh my goodness, it is!! Lololol. Sad.

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      More emoticons. Hmmm, seems familiar.

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      Gay?

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  • DarthDiggler

    LOL if they haven’t actually started developing Fable 4 it would be a terrible time to announce it. 🙂

    • Gamez Rule

      Ms like to announce games to take cancel at a later date, RIP F-Legends.

  • Dougdec92

    A ryse 2 would be welcome

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      LOL

  • Mr Xrat

    Maybe if Lionhead still existed, and if they had first-party studios that weren’t crud full stop.

  • One With Shadows

    Nobody wants Fable. Lol

  • Andrew Fox

    > One even struggles to understand why Fable Legends was canceled at all- Fable consistently sold in the range of 3-5 million copies per instalment- the franchise was successful, and given the love for RPGs in the wake of Skyrim, would have been a valuable addition to Microsoft’s arsenal.

    Fable Legends was a MOBA not an RPG which is part of the problem. The game just wasn’t ever very good but I guess the only game it’d have to compete against on the XBOX One would be Smite so it might’ve stood a chance.

    They wouldn’t announce Fable 4 since the studio responsible for it (Lionhead) was shutdown after Fable Legends.


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