Fable Legends cancelled, Microsoft consider closing Lionhead
Microsoft’s announcement is part of several changes at Microsoft Studios, UK and Denmark. The announcement said the following on Fable Legends cancellation and on the closure of Press Play Studios.
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. 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.
Fable Legend was announced in 2013 and was due to be playable on Windows 10 computers and Xbox One. In early 2015, Lionhead Studios revealed that the game would use a free to play model and an open beta was scheduled to take place in 2016.
Regarding Lionhead Studios, the studio was founded in 1996 by designer Peter Molyneux. The Studios’ first major game was Black & While, a god game that was released in 2001. Apart from the Black & White series, Lionhead Studios were known for the Fable series, which was first released in 2004 for the Xbox.
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