Playground Games recently added fuel to the fire of rumors that it’s making the next Fable game by hiring a bunch of people that seem like a pretty darn good fit for Fable 4.
The new employees come from studios like BioWare, Guerrilla Games, and Rocksteady Studios, three developers that are well-known for making hugely successful open-world games and RPGs. Former employees of Bungie, EA Motive, and Ninja Theory are joining Playground Games as well, and we’re assuming it’s to work on the open-world RPG that Playground is confirmed to be making.
Some of the more interesting hires include Scotty Brown, principal environment artist formerly from BioWare and EA Motive; lead environment artist Noel Lukasewich, who worked on all four Mass Effect games; narrative director Martin Lancaster, who was the lead scriptwriter on Batman: Arkham Knight and Batman: Arkham VR; and lead QA technician Rob den Dekker, who just so happened to test Fable and Fable 2.
Obviously, this doesn’t confirm that Playground Games is specifically working on Fable 4, especially since we already knew an open-world RPG was in the works. But, if Fable 4 is indeed in development, who better to hire than someone like den Dekker who knows how finicky a Fable game can be?
Rumors that Playground was working on the next Fable title started in January when a Reddit user claiming to have access to the Xbox API stated that a U.K. development team was working on Fable 4. A former Lionhead developer then hinted that it was Playground Games, which was later confirmed by Eurogamer’s reporting. This theory gained some real traction at E3 2018 when Microsoft acquired four studios (and created a new one), one of which was Playground Games, officially making the rumored Fable 4 developer a first-party studio.
Playground Games’ other, actually confirmed new game, Forza Horizon 4, is set to launch on October 2nd for Xbox One and PC.