Breaking: Microsoft officially announces to cancel the development of upcoming Xbox One and Windows exclusive game Fable Legends and also plans to shut down the famous developing studio, Lionhead in the UK.
Fable Legends Cancelled Officially, Lionhead Studios Planned for Shut Down
General Manager at Microsoft Studios Europe, Hanno Lemke in an update post on the blog of Xbox news announced about cancellation of the next addition to the series, while also indicated about the team’s plan of shutting down the studio as well as closure of Press Play Studios in Denmark. He wrote,
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.
The upcoming RPG Fable Legends was announced back in August 2013. Previously, it was told that the game might get a beta access this Spring, and it was also reported that the game will be utilizing DirectX 12. The Fable franchise was said to be having cross-platform compatible between Windows 10 and Xbox One.
Lionhead Studios was founded in the year 1996 and was later acquired by Microsoft in 2006. We’ll keep posting once we hear more from the Microsoft. Stay tuned!