Matt Booty says Fable will be a 'high-quality release' that brings old and new ideas

Fable 2020 Fairy
Fable 2020 Fairy (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Fable is an upcoming action-RPG being developed by Playground Games.
  • According to Head of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty, this will be a "high-quality release."
  • Booty also mentioned that Playground is bringing older concepts alongside new ideas.
  • Fable is being developed for the Xbox Series X and PC.

The reveal of the long-rumored Fable reboot from Playground Games closed out the recent Xbox Games Showcase. While many fans are excited the franchise is officially coming back, there's a lot of questions around just what form this new title will take. In an interview with The Guardian, Head of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty talked a little about what newcomers and longtime fans can expect from this new Fable.

Booty mentioned that Playground's attention to detail and passion for the franchise have impressed him and that everything he's seen so far indicates it will be a "very high-quality release."

"With any kind of franchise like that, where you've had existing versions, there's always that balance between what you're going to bring forward, what still stands up, and what you want to add that's new," he continues. "It's like the challenge of making a new Star Wars movie – there's stuff that everyone wants you to bring along, but then you've got a responsibility to take that to new places and I trust Playground has a good vision for that."

Recently, we reported that Fable will not be an MMO, contrary to the many rumors currently flying around. This doesn't mean there won't be online components like co-op but the focus is solidly on crafting an action-RPG.

Fable does not currently have a release window. When it does arrive, it'll be available on Xbox Series X and PC.

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  • Was there anyone questioning it would be a high quality release? Who's he answering to?
  • It's in the interview. He just gave his impression of the game:
    "Everything I’ve seen as the game progresses tells me this is going to be a very high-quality release." Maybe he felt the need to mention that because of what's happening with Halo Infinite or maybe he is just trying to say Playground does good work. I think it's mostly he trying to give credit to the work of the studio, that's all.
  • Well Halo Infinite is a high qaulity release. But it's an Xbox One game currently from the ground up. Started Dev in 2015. Even before One X released. You'll be hard pushed to find any gane on this Gen hardware that pushes open world at 60 fps with 50+enemies onscreen. Let's see how 343 develop the engine over the next 10nyears for next Gen. Full Ray Tracing is being added as an example just after launch for the Series X version. Which tells you they have made sure it runs perfect on Xbox One first. Which makes sense as it started development nearly 5 years ago. When Halo launches it will be pushing current Gen to its limit. I'm sure it will review great, play great and look fantastic at launch.
  • no release window..
  • I'm actually glad Playground Games are allowed to do something else and not just be the generic studio that does sequels after sequels. I think they wanted to work on it and they are.
    I hope it'll turn out great. A good story-driven single player game with no microtransactions.
  • I wonder if it will be all SP though, Fable has has Co-Op features in the past. Anything without Microtransactions would be a blessing, but I have a feeling there will be lots of 'stuff' you can buy for your house. 😜
  • Oh yeah, co-op feature is great and yes there probably will have co-op too. It's good to have options.
    I think games can survive without microtransactions. I somehow feel that as soon as microtransactions are included in a game the focus then become how can we sell this to players...
  • Playground are such amazing developers. The very fsct they are making it means you know it's gonna push the Series X. You only have to look at how Forza Horizon has become the most gorgeous racing game this Gen.