Developer reveals huge Hellblade 2 and Fable 4 news

A Spanish dev by the name of Juan Fernandez dropped some insider info on the upcoming Fable reboot and Hellblade 2.


Fans have gone on with little to no news about Fable and Hellblade 2 for so long that Microsoft went ahead and issued an apology. However, while there's still no official news regarding highly-anticipated titles, one developer has stepped forward to provide more details about them.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was a critical darling that's lauded for its healthy exploration of mental health.

According to the developer and game designer, Juan Fernandez, who spent time with both Playground Games and Ninja Theory, things are going rather well. In the first half of the interview, Juan shared that he had a previous relationship with Ninja Theory after working on the first Hellblade game. He explained that the studio has a relatively small team composed of 15 people for Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice and that the game peaked at more than 6.3 million players. Then, after his work was done on Hellblade, Juan moved to Playground Games to work on Fable, which he described as a "restart of the series set on an open world."

Juan claims to have spent three years at Playground Games before leaving because he liked "shorter projects" better but thought highly of the Fable reboot, saying that it had "incredible potential" and that a "really good team" was working on the game. Juan then went back to Ninja Theory to help out with the sequel.

Juan reveals that Ninja Theory wants to raise the bar with Hellblade 2, and they're not just talking about graphics. The developer opened up about how he and Ninja Theory listened to feedback from the players, specifically, on how they can fine-tune the gameplay better to "do more with less." With a much bigger team behind it - Juan didn't reveal the exact numbers, but he is confident that the quality of the Hellblade sequel is "through the roof - Hellblade 2 is shaping up to be an improvement over the first title in every way.

Unfortunately, while Juan appears to have mostly good news for Hellblade 2, we can't exactly say the same for Fable.

Playground Games was always going to struggle with the shift from open-world racing games to RPGs.

Returning to what Juan had to say to Vandal about the reboot of the classic Xbox-exclusive action RPG title via Comicbook.com, it appears that Playground Games is struggling with the transition from working on racing games to RPGs. In particular, Juan mentioned that the studio lacks "people with the knowledge of how gameplay is done." He added that "how you control a character and the actions are very different from what you have in a racing game."

Playground Games is the studio behind the Forza Horizon series, which recently set a new Xbox Game Studios record with Forza Horizon 5.

Feel free to take Juan's words how you will, but it's at least an update on two games that have gone radio silent in recent years. By our estimates, both Fable and Hellblade 2 have been in the works for at least three to five years if not longer. Although you can never measure a game's quality based on time spent in development, we at least know that Microsoft's studios are devoting a lot of resources towards making them happen.

Hopefully, we'll hear more about Fable 4 and Hellblade 2 later this year, perhaps at E3 2022.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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