Lionhead Studios, developers of the now-cancelled Fable Legends, is finally facing the studio closure that Microsoft first announced as an potential outcome back in March.
After the announcement of Fable Legends‘ cancellation, the studio’s fate fluctuated over the following weeks. Unfortunately, no one has stepped forward to purchase the company over the course of the consultation period, so Microsoft was finally forced to close the doors of Lionhead Studios today, April 29th.
“We can confirm that after much consideration over the six-week consultation period with Lionhead employees,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamer. “We have reached the decision to close Lionhead Studios. We have nothing but heart-felt thanks for the team at Lionhead for their significant contributions to Xbox and the games industry.”
The studio’s developers took to Twitter to express their fondness of their time at Lionhead and their disappointment in seeing it come to an end.
Today is the official last day of @LionheadStudios :'(
Damien – thank you for this wonderful and perfect art! X https://t.co/S0Rky2N0wz
— Lauran (@TheAlbionGirl) April 29, 2016
— Ted Timmins (@JustTeddii) April 29, 2016
One of the few voices that has yet to weigh in on the closure is Lionhead’s original founder and former head, Peter Molyneux, who departed in 2012.