Playground Games hires EA's Ian Mitchell for possible Fable IV, previously worked on Dragon Age: Inquisition

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What you need to know

  • Playground Games is working on a new Fable game.
  • The studio recently hired a number of developers including EA's Ian Mitchell.
  • Head of Recruitment Nick Duncombe said Mitchell was working on a role-playing game.
  • You can purchase Xbox Game Pass Ultimate through the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab) for $1.

Updated June 26, 2019: According to Ian Mitchell's LinkedIn (opens in new tab) profile, he's worked on games like Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Star Wars Battlefront II, and an unannounced title which EA hasn't discussed as of yet. Since he's now a Senior Producer at Playground Games which is rumored to be working on Fable IV, the move makes perfect sense. EA hasn't released a compelling open-world game in years since Dragon Age: Inquisition or Mass Effect: Andromeda, so it's great to see that Mitchell's expertise will serve Playground well. He worked on those titles and they're exactly the kind of game Playground is making.

It's no secret that Playground Games, a recent Xbox Game Studios acquisition, is working on a new Fable game. The team is rapidly hiring developers for the project, and it looks like Playground is roping in some high-profile people to fill key positions. Today, Head of Recruitment Nick Duncombe said that EA's Ian Mitchell was part of the team. He said, "Joining the role-playing game team we have Ian Mitchell as a Senior Producer from EA."

It'll be interesting to see how Mitchell's expertise benefits the upcoming role-playing game. Hopefully, it'll be an interesting experience along the lines of Horizon Zero Dawn from Sony.

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  • It's only good news hearing when a developer gets a job away from EA. Don't get me wrong, they are probably very nice to their employees, but they aren't the biggest fans of letting them be creative, and if there's a flop, the company may die.
  • an EA person? say hello to Fable as a service, microtransactions and loot boxes! (i mean surprise mechanics..)
  • I think they left EA for a reason.