Lionhead Studios Closes, Fable Legends Cancelled

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  Lionhead Studios Faces Closure, Fable Legends Cancelled

Shocking developments came to light today when Microsoft released a statement announcing the closure of UK based developer Lionhead Studios. Lionhead are undoubtedly close to gamers hearts in the UK as they were behind the both the Fable and Black and White series'.
The statement was posted by Hanno Lemke the General Manager for Microsoft Studios in Europe. Lemke stated that the decision was not based on studio performance and was not a reflection on its staff members.
"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."

Unfortunately this does also mean that the latest addition to the Fable series; Fable Legends will also be cancelled. This comes as a shock due to the fact the title was closing in on it's release window, and its open beta was soon to be opened. Additionally Microsoft plans to close Denmark based development company, Press Play Studios. The studio was behind Max: Curse of Brotherhood and Kalimba. Lemke stated:


"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."

The closing sentiment suggests Microsoft will be working with effected staff in order to secure them future employment. They will be aiming to provide employment opportunities either within Xbox or otherwise in the games industry at large. The full statement delivered via Xbox's Website can be read below:

"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. 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.
I speak for all of Xbox when I say that despite this news, we remain committed to the development communities in the UK and Europe, and Xbox will continue to support new IP and originality in the games we offer on our platforms, whether they’re AAA blockbusters like Quantum Break from Remedy, adventurous new IPs like Sea of Thieves from Rare, or unique new creations from independent developers like Moon Studios with Ori.
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."
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