Microsoft has cancelled the latest game in the Fable series, Fable Legends, and plans to shut down the iconic Lionhead game studio. This was released via a post on news.xbox.com by Hanno Lemke, General Manager for Microsoft Studios Europe.
“Today, I have some difficult changes to announce that affect some of our Microsoft Studios teams and projects in the UK and Denmark.
After much consideration we have decided to cease development on Fable Legends, and are in discussions with employees about the proposed closure of Lionhead Studios in the UK. Additionally, we will close Press Play Studios in Denmark, and sunset development on Project Knoxville.
These have been tough decisions and we have not made them lightly, nor are they a reflection on these development teams – we are incredibly fortunate to have the talent, creativity and commitment of the people at these studios. The Lionhead Studios team has delighted millions of fans with the Fable series over the past decade. Press Play imbued the industry with a unique creative spirit behind games like Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Kalimba, which both captured passionate fans.”
Many gamers are familiar with the classic Fable series, the action-RPGs known for their quick wit and quirky humor, especially about chickens. Some gamers may have played Max: The Curse of Brotherhood as well.
Lionhead was producing Fable Legends, a departure from the action-RPG series that was planned have a multiplayer focus.
But Lionhead and Press Play may not be the only studios being removed. As VideoGamer and GamesRadar+ reported, Microsoft had removed the presence of BigPark, [Fun]tion, Good Science, Leap Experience Pioneers, and SOTA (State of the Art) from their website following the announcement concerning Lionhead and Press Play. Most of these studios were designated as working with Kinect, although one had been noted as working on Hololens material.
This is what Microsoft Studios website looked like on March 4, 2016, before the announcement:
The website looked like this following the announcement:
But Microsoft gave VideoGamer the following response:
“On Monday we announced changes to Microsoft Studios including Lionhead and Press Play. As part of these changes, we did a site refresh and removed several logos for older studios and projects that have been consolidated during the past several years into other Microsoft Studios and teams. As games launch and new projects come online, we routinely make these kinds of moves to ensure we have the right development support on the right games.”
As of March 9, 2016, the website now looks like this:
Lionhead Studios has been put back! What is going on?
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