We’re sorry to be the ones to tell you this: the Xbox Game Studios Publishing Twitter account was not teasing news about Playground Games’ in-development Fable game or anything game-related to Fable (even though it seemed like it was).
Yesterday, fans began to speculate that some Fable news would be announced today after two tweets from Xbox Game Studios Publishing seemed to tease such information. The first tweet read like this:
We’re excited to kick off something special tomorrow! (Just give us one more day to prepare the chickens.) 🐔
That tweet has since been deleted, which is why it’s presented as a screenshot of a Slack message above. That tweet doesn’t necessarily scream Fable, but the mention of preparing the chickens and the chicken emoji had some Fable fans saying, “maybe …”
Then, Xbox Game Studios Publishing replied to its own tweet with another, now-deleted tweet that said the following:
We’d call it our Fable Anniversary, but that name was already taken.
Ok, so that account mentioned Fable first! This furthered speculation that today’s news is related to Fable. It should also be noted that these two seemingly Fable-related teases also happen to come just four days before the 13th anniversary of Fable 2, which was released on October 21, 2008.
Fable game news speculation peaked at this point – a Fable 2 Anniversary release, perhaps, or maybe a new look at Playground’s upcoming Fable? – and then, later that day, the same account essentially tweeted that today’s announcement is not related to “any big game news.”
Sorry for any confusion! We don’t have any big game news tomorrow, or any info about Playground’s upcoming Fable game.
Sorry for any confusion! We don’t have any big game news tomorrow, or any info about @WeArePlayground‘s upcoming Fable game.
— Xbox Game Studios Publishing (@XboxPublishing) October 18, 2021
And just like that, our hopes and dreams for a Fable 2 Anniversary release, a la Fable Anniversary, are gone. Perhaps this was all a big troll from Xbox Game Studios Publishing. It seems more likely, though, that the account was teasing something non-game-related to Fable, such as anniversary merchandise, and our wandering/hopeful minds went straight to “FABLE GAME PLEASE.”
Fair play, Xbox – we’re just excited to play more Fable. Can you blame us?
For more about Fable, check out our thoughts on the first game’s anniversary release in Game Informer’s Fable Anniversary review and then read what we thought of the first sequel in the series in Game Informer’s Fable 2 review. Check out this story about how Phil Spencer says the new Fable game is in “amazing” hands with Playground Games after that.
Which Fable game is your favorite in the series? Let us know in the comments below!