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Fable Legends cancelled, Lionhead Studios to close

Microsoft has today confirmed that it will close Lionhead Studios and cease development on Fable Legends.

Sadly, for the UK games industry and other areas of the industry, this is not the only closure, as Microsoft will also close Press Play Studios in Denmark, and sunset development on Project Knoxville.

"These have been tough decisions and we have not made them lightly, said Hanno Lemke, General Manager, Microsoft Studios Europe, "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."

Edited On 07 Mar, 2016

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Lawler_1093 10 months ago
such a shame. I wish them all the best
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Neil 10 months ago
Why did I buy an Xbone again?...
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Turniplord 10 months ago
I never even know MS officially owned Lionhead studios! That's a load of crap. So no dreams of Black and White 3 unless they set up a kickstarter or something! MS are just going from bad to worse, first saying about upgrading the consoles, which wasn't supposedly right, then closing studios and cancelling exclusive titles then the real kick of promoting how much PC gaming they want to get into, showing they are moving away from the Xbox console and they are more interested in the Xbox brand, meaning Windows 10 store on the PC and the Xbox one. Can't wait to see their E3 this year!

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