Microsoft has this week announced via the Xbox website that they are closing development of the new multiplayer Fable Legends game which was being created by the Lionhead Studios in the UK.
Microsoft has also announced that they are in current discussion with employees at Lionhead Studios about a proposed closure of the studio as well as the already agreed closure of Press Play Studios in Denmark, and sunset development on Project Knoxville.
Microsoft explains more about the changes to the Microsoft Studio and a number of games currently under development :
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. These changes are taking effect as Microsoft Studios continues to focus its investment and development on the games and franchises that fans find most exciting and want to play.
We have nothing but heart-felt thanks for the members of Lionhead and Press Play for their contributions to Xbox and gaming. We are committed to working closely with those affected by today’s news to find them new opportunities at Xbox, or partnering with the broader development community to help place them in jobs elsewhere in the games industry should they desire.
For more information on the closure of Lionhead Studios the cancellation of development for the upcoming multiplayer Fable Legends game jump over to the official Xbox website by the link below.
Source: Fable Legends