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The reasoning behind 'Fable Legends' not being called 'Fable 4'

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Many fans of the successful gaming franchise, Fable, were fully expecting the next installment in the series to be named Fable 4, but there was a distinct reason why Lionhead Studios had no interest in calling the game by its next chronological figure.

Today, Fable Legends game director David Eckelberry talked about why this next installment in the Fable franchise is not going to be called Fable 4.

"The reason that this isn't called Fable 4 isn't that we don't love Fable or that's we're not taking all these Fable concepts and design principles and putting it in this game, it's that chronologically it's not where we decided we wanted to go. We're not a continuation of Fable III, or Fable: The Journey's plotline.

"It's about taking that spirit of innovation that's always been here at Lionhead with Fable and Black & White and The Movies and applying that to online.

"We love games like Dark Souls with these really unique online modes and we really want to play with that in Fable Legends and the other games we're going to make here," Eckelberry said.

So for fans who were disappointed or wanting the next installment of Fable 4, it makes perfect sense for why the development team wanted to steer clear of that title. It also sounds like since it's a matter of chronology that in theory a Fable 4 could still happen, but not for quite some time.

Fable Legends is currently in development does not have a release date, but beta-testing is schedule to kick-off sometime next year. For all of our latest exclusives, previews, reviews and features, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Game On.

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