Xbox Marketing Director Aaron Greenberg responded to a recent internet discussion about the possibility of Fable 4 and a new Perfect Dark game. Greenberg said on Twitter that he understands that people are “hungry for news” in the run-up to the launch of Xbox Series X games in July, but acknowledged that he shouldn’t be too excited about those unannounced games.
The recently discovered placeholder Twitter accounts for “Fable” and “Perfect Dark Game” are not what they appear to be, Greenberg said. She noted that these accounts have been dormant “for years.” The executive also mentioned that it is a standard operating procedure for Microsoft to register social accounts for its franchises, even if the company has no ad plans around it.
I know everyone is hungry for news, but I am sorry to have high hopes. These accounts have been inactive for years, it is standard practice to secure social identifiers for our IP.
– Aaron Greenberg 🙅🏼♂️❎ (@aarongreenberg) June 28, 2020
The Perfect Dark account was created by a fan. Xbox veteran Ken Lobb, whose name is the inspiration for the Klobb weapon in GoldenEye, followed the account, leading people to believe it might be the genuine item. However, it is only a fan account. The owner said they would give it to Microsoft if they asked, but that doesn’t appear to have happened yet.
The Fable account, however, was apparently created by Microsoft as a measure of brand protection.
The second Forza Horizon team on Playground is widely rumored to be working on Fable 4. In 2018, Eurogamer reported that the game is an open-world action RPG focused on the story and the character who has a development team from more than 200 people.
The Fable series was created by Peter Molyneux and Lionhead Studios. Molyneux has since left Microsoft, while Lionhead was closed after the Fable Legends cancellation.
The July Xbox Series X showcase is expected to bring news about Halo Infinite, a Series X launch title, as well as other exclusive Microsoft games.