Microsoft has announced that it has ceased development on Lionhead Studios’ Fable Legends.
As well as the cancellation of the game, Microsoft is also “in discussions” with employees regarding the closure of the studio. Additionally, Microsoft announced the closure of Press Play Studios and the cancellation of 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,” Hanno Lemke, general manager of Microsoft Studios Europe wrote. “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.”
“We have nothing but heart-felt thanks for the members of Lionhead and Press Play for their contributions to Xbox and gaming,” Lemke concluded. “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.”
Fable Legends was due to release later this year for Xbox One and PC.