New games in the Fable, Perfect Dark, and MechAssault franchises might be on the way to Xbox One and Windows 10.
The last core games in those franchises released in 2010, 2005, and 2004, respectively.
In addition, Forza Horizon 4 might be set in Japan, Halo might get a battle royale mode of sorts, and Age of Empires 4 might come to Xbox One.
On top of that, it appears that the Conker, Banjo, and Crimson Skies franchises are on ice for the time being.
You'll notice a lot of qualifiers in the above sentences, and that's because all of this information has come via somewhat cryptic posts by Krillobille, a user of large gaming forums NeoGAF and ResetEra.
You may think that the word of some internet random isn't much to go on, and you'd be right – except that Krillobille accurately leaked several details of Xbox's E3 2016 presser, including the existence of Age of Empires 4, that Forza Horizon 3 would be set in Australia, that State of Decay 2 would be announced, and that Sea of Thieves would be an MMO-lite like Destiny.
For both leaks, Krillobille apparently pulled information out of the Xbox Live API SDK, whatever that means.
Here are his relevant ResetEra posts, for you to interpret for yourselves:
I would love to revisit Albion. Project name could be Wisdom. An UK Studio should do it.
I would love to play around with Ms. Dark again. The Coalition should definitely help if it’s a 3rd person game. I mean … Not them alone obviously.
I would also love to play the Crackdown 3 campaign in 4-player coop.
I would love playing Forza with the rising sun on the Horizon.
I would love to play AoE4 soon … But it‘s probably super early.
I would love to have a really high player-count (connections per session) for Xbox biggest franchise.
Oh and I think I‘m sure Phil likes Mechs.
I doubt I get anything for Conker, Banjo or Crimson Skies in the foreseeable future.
Regarding Fable, former Lionhead lead engine programmer Don Williamson tweeted today, "Mmm ok, having no inside information, I totally know who's building Fable 4 now. Interesting choice…"
He then deleted that tweet.
When asked whether the studio he had in mind was from Brighton (the residence of Electric Square, which has been rumoured to be working on a Fable title), Williamson replied, "There's nobody here in Brighton that could take on a task of that magnitude."
The internet seized on these two tidbits, and now the smart money is apparently on Forza Horizon studio Playground Games being the home of Fable.
It was revealed last year that Playground Games is working on an open world action RPG, and Fable certainly fits that description.
Should Fable 4 be a thing, it will be the first in the franchise since Fable Fortune, a free-to-play CCG that's currently available via Xbox Game Preview and Steam Early Access.
Fable Fortune is in the works at Flaming Fowl, which is made up of former Lionhead Studios staff. Lionhead was working on co-op RPG brawler Fable Legends when it was shuttered by Microsoft in 2016.