Today is a sad day for the gaming universe. After much consideration, Microsoft Studios decided cease development on Fable Legends, and are in discussions with employees about the proposed closure of Lionhead Studios in the UK. Additionally, Press Play Studios will close in Denmark, and sunset development on Project Knoxville.
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.
Instead of titles like Fable Legends, Xbox will continue to support new IPs
Xbox will continue to support new IP and originality in the games like Quantum Break from Remedy, adventurous new IPs like Sea of Thieves from Rare, and unique new creations from independent developers like Moon Studios with Ori.
You can see the press announcement and more information about the current situation right here. Microsoft is 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.