The studio behind the beloved Fable series is to close in the UK according to Microsoft studios Europe general manager Hanno Lemke. Mr Lemke announced in a post to Xbox Wire that Lionhead studios in Britain will close along with Press Play Studios in Denmark. This means that the much anticipated Fable Legends has been abandoned and the series first free to play game is now dead.
Here’s what Hanno Lemke had to say;
“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.”
Lionhead was founded in 1996 by the now legendary Peter Molyneux, Mark Webley and Tim Rance, as well as Games Workshop co-founder Steve Jackson. The studio’s first release was the God game Black and White, a game I strongly encourage everyone to play. They then created the first Fable game as their next major release on the Xbox.
It wasn’t until 2006 that the studio was acquired by Microsoft after a couple of PC titles most notably a Black & White sequel the studio dedicated itself to creating new Fable games.
Press Play came to be in 2006 and was bought out by Microsoft in 2012 to work on a mobile series called Tentacles and a PC and Xbox game called Kalimba. The latest game that was in development was actually chosen by Press Plays fans. They chose to have the studio to make Project: Knoxville, a third person multiplayer action game inspired by movies like The Running Man and The Hunger Games.