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Fable 4 release date estimate, trailers, and latest news

The Fable 4 release date is still up in the air, but the teaser trailer gives us plenty to speculate about the hotly anticipated RPG's story and setting.

The giant gardener played by Richard Ayaode in a short teaser trailer that takes us one step closer to the Fable 4 release date.

When is the Fable 4 release date? The next instalment in the Fable series was finally revealed at the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase back in 2020, and details about the long-awaited sequel have been thin on the ground following that announcement. But don’t despair, young chicken chaser – we do have some news that we can share ahead of the Fable 4 release date.

For one thing, we know Fable 4 is currently being developed by Playground Games, the studio behind the Forza Horizon series. We also know that it won’t be called Fable 4 at all. Join us while we dig through all the latest news and juicy trailer details to find out exactly what we can expect from the whimsical action-adventure game once it finally arrives.

Fable 4 release date estimate

We estimate that the Fable 4 release date is late 2025, although Microsoft and Xbox Game Studios have only confirmed that it will be out in 2025. It will launch on both PC and Xbox Series X|S, with would-be heroes able to play via Xbox Game Pass from day one.

This Fable 4 launch window was revealed during the Xbox Showcase 2024 stream. As for our estimate, we’ve based it on the fact that Fable games have been released during the latter parts of the year as the big Xbox holiday game, so we expect to see the pattern continue. We also have the latest news about Fable 4 on Steam if you’d rather stick with Valve’s platform.

Xbox head Phil Spencer also confirmed in an interview back in 2021 that Fable 4 will be out before the Elder Scrolls 6 release date, but that doesn’t give us much to go on. Spencer recently suggested Elder Scrolls 6 may not launch until 2028 at the earliest, but seeing as we’ve only seen two teaser trailers, we’ll take the joy of just knowing a sequel to one of the best PC games is still in development for now.

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Fable 4 trailers

Fans of Matt King, best known as Super Hans from Peep Show, will instantly recognize his voice as Humphry in the latest trailer. In it, he explains that despite being the greatest hero in all of Albion, his apprentices have a tendency to be a bit more morally compromised.

We see the player hero in action for the first time, too. She fires arrows at foes, stabs one in the neck, and addresses both her fans and her haters. We also learn of other heroes who have come before her and chosen the path of evil.

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Before this, Fable 4 also kicked off the 2023 Xbox Games Showcase with a teaser trailer starring another British actor and comedian, Richard Ayoade, as Dave, the innovative giant gardener who takes a dim view of heroes and their search for glory.

While we only got a brief glimpse of moment-to-moment gameplay – including a group of bandits receiving a dose of the hero treatment in close combat – the trailer is confirmed to be in-game footage. We have to admit, Albion’s looking pretty gorgeous these days, to the extent that some people don’t think it’s real. The trailer is also replete with Fable humor, from its wry retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk to the indignant squawk of a chicken being punted into the sky.

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The initial Fable 4 announcement trailer debuted as part of the Xbox and Bethesda 2020 showcase. It starts with a fairy flying between objects like swords and skulls in a magical forest to the soothing voice of a British narrator. It’s very Fable in its humor, right up to the moment a large toad devours the fairy, the camera pans above the treetops to a view of Bowerstone.

Fable 4 setting

This leads us to Fable 4’s setting. In the announcement trailer, we spy a town that resembles Bowerstone in the background – a key Fable location. Bowerstone does, however, seem to be a lot bigger in the trailer than in past games. The town seems to sprawl between the hilltops, which suggests much bigger environments and possibly an even larger open world than we’ve seen before.

Fable 4 development

Tom Gaulton, lead engineer at Playground Games, revealed on Twitter that he has been working on Fable for four years. A lot of games with this much development time typically show more than a teaser trailer, but it appears Playground Games wants to take things slow. Sadly, this doesn’t tell us anything about when we should expect the game to launch.

Fable 4 story

We see a glint of the Heroes Guild seal crest on the hilt of our hero’s sword in the teaser trailer, which means it’s looking likely that the Heroes Guild will feature in Fable 4’s story. Fable fans aren’t strangers to the Guild; its distinctive icon appears around Albion, for example on Hero Hill in Fable 2, and the guild itself appeared in the first Fable.

The Guild seal, which also bears the icon, is also famous for letting you fast travel around the open world, as well as allowing you to talk to the Guild Master in the original Fable (remember, “Hero, your will energy is low”?) and Theresa in Fable 2 and 3.

We’re glad to see the steampunk setting dwindle behind Fable’s new stunning vistas and hope for a more mythological story that definitely matches up to the trailer’s fairy character and the forests’ strange fauna and flora in the giant mushrooms and prancing fish. We also hoping for a return of trolls, nymphs, and hobbes while we’re at it.

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For now, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on everything Fable, from its release date to story details and more. Until then, why not check out some of the best RPG games on PC that you can play right now?