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Playground Games continues hiring spree for RPG rumored to be Fable

Fable
Fable (Image credit: Microsoft)

For months now, rumors have been floating around that Playground Games — Microsoft's recent gaming acquisition — was developing the next Fable title. At E3 2018, Xbox head Phil Spencer stopped short of confirming that the developer was working on Fable, but instead said that the team was developing a separate project that's an action role-playing game (RPG).

In order to assist with that game's development, Playground Games is hiring a lot of talented individuals from the gaming industry. A report by GamesIndustry.biz said that the studio picked up programmers from BioWare, Motive Studios, Guerrilla Games, Ninja Theory, and Rocksteady Studios.

BioWare, Guerrilla Games, Ninja Theory, and Rocksteady Studios have worked on incredible experiences like Mass Effect, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and Horizon Zero Dawn. This hiring spree comes right after Playground Games recruited developers who worked on Grand Theft Auto V, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, and Metal Gear Solid.

Fable Legends

Fable Legends (Image credit: Microsoft)

Playground Games Studio Director Gavin Raeburn said the following when asked about the recruiting.

I'm really pleased with the quality of the team we're building here at Playground. We continue to attract world-class talent from around the world thanks to our exciting projects and the passion of our team. It's been a fantastic start for our second studio and I look forward to seeing it continue to grow over the coming months.

Hopefully the team's new role-playing game will be a critically-acclaimed title when it launches. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more. With Gamescom 2018 coming up in August, we might receive more information sooner than expected.

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7 Comments
  • Of only they would port Fable 2 to PC someday ...
  • Did Playground filch talent from Ninja Theory before or after they both became part of Microsoft Studios?
  • Pretty sure this was before. It takes time for people to leave existing studios I imagine.
  • I hope it's not fable. Xbox need new titles, not recycled ones
  • a good game is a good game. doesn't matter if it's Fable or a new title. let's just hope whatever franchise playground is working on turns out to be a good game.
  • Like what? Generic JRPG's or more cinematic movie games where you wash dishes? Or do you need another button masher type game?
  • new IP would be awesome