Microsoft announced earlier today that Fable Legends has been cancelled. Microsoft is reportedly in discussions with Employees at Lionhead Studios.
Microsoft has also confirmed that they are closing the doors behind Lionhead Studios.
“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,” Microsoft Studios Europe General Manager Hanno Lemke wrote on the Xbox Wire. “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.”
No reason has been given as to why Fable Legends has been cancelled.
Nonetheless, Lemke reiterated Microsoft’s continuing support for studios in the UK and Europe, as well as for “new IP and originality in the games we offer on our platforms.” The number of affected employees also wasn’t revealed, but Lemke said the company would make efforts to help them find new jobs, with Microsoft or elsewhere. The decisions seems to have been unexpected as far as the Fable team were concerned, who were still actively promoting the games beta.