It seems to be an anticipating time to be an Xbox One owner at the moment. Whilst many are still basking in the glory of the release of the Xbox One X, there are also plenty of first party titles to look forward to this year already. With the likes of Sea of Thieves, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, State of Decay 2, Crackdown 3, Forza Horizon 4 and many others making their way to the console this year, it is already looking to be an exciting year ahead for Xbox gamers.
However, the true excitement lies in the potential of titles which are being heavily rumored at the moment. As much as I would like to be a glass-half-empty kind of guy in regards to exclusive announcements, I can’t help but put all my hopes into a new Fable game coming to the system.
The revival of the popular RPG series would be a massive and welcome surprise for fans after the closure of Lionhead Studios. Ever since, Fable fans have been crying out for the quintessentially British franchise to make an epic return, with recent rumors heating up about a new sequel or a possible reboot.
What can be said, that in the right set of hands, a new Fable entry could be the flagship exclusive that Xbox is looking for. We’ve seen Sony racing ahead with hugely successful exclusives over the past year or so, and not to say that they have left Microsoft in the dust by any means, but it does seem that Xbox is lacking that one huge title as of late. Even Nintendo Switch has busted out huge first part blockbusters such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey since the console’s launch, leading many fans to look to Microsoft to see what their next move will be.
I don’t want to take away anything from the already confirmed exclusives that are coming to Xbox One this year, farm from it. In fact, Sea of Thieves has been one of my own personal most anticipated games for a long time now. Yet, it feels that if fan cries were heard for a new Fable game, it would be able to rub shoulders with the likes of Horizon: Zero Dawn and Breath of the Wild.
Before the legions of fans of those two mentioned titles hunt me down with the ol’ pitchforks, I’m not comparing Fable to those two titles in terms of gameplay or anything like that. It’s more about such a heavily requested title being done properly giving Microsoft that much-needed push to be able to boast a title of the kind of magnitude that those respective games have.
The hype train is slowly pulling out of the station for Fable 4, and is likely to reach its destination in June for E3. It just depends if it gets wanting fans safely to the destination, or it derails beforehand and breaks many a heart.