Microsoft has stopped development of fable legends and had proposed the closure Lionhead Studios. Hanno Lemke, the general manager of Microsoft Studios Europe, bought in the news through Xbox newswire. He said “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,” he explained.
A British studio, Lionhead founded by Peter Molyenux in the year 1996. Know for acclaimed titles like Black and White and Fable series. Microsoft bought it in the year, 2006. Molyneux left the both companies in the year 2012. Lionhead studios team had already delighted millions of fans with their fable series in last few years. Microsoft has still confirmed that if the studio will be closed off completely. They are discussing the same with the employees of the studio. UK law says that the company needs to give at least 30 days of consultancy period. During this time, the employees can search for new jobs in order to avoid unemployment dilemma. Lemke also confirmed that Denmark-based Press Play studios, which is also for Kalimba and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood will be closed and work in progress game Project Knoxville has also been suspended. The game was described multiplayer action title ‘that deals with alliances and survival tactics, in a game show setting.”
Lemke also mentioned that taking this decision was not easy for the company and nor they have been based on performance basis-they were in fact happy with the talent, creativity and commitment of the people shown at the studios. Press play had unique creative spirit behind the games it created like Max and Kalimba, which had lots of passionate fans with them. Microsoft also said that they will continue to invest on games and also develop them and franchises that fans that fans find most exciting and want to play. Despite in the news broke out, Lemke confirmed that they are committed to developing gaming communities in UK and Europe, and Xbox will continue to support the new IP and originality in the games that the offer on Xbox platforms, whether they AAA blockbuster like Quantum Break by Remedy, adventurous new IPs like Sea of Thieves from Rare, or new creations like Ori with Moon Studios.
He completed the press conference by saying that, he is noting but thankful to Lionhead members and Press play for their contribution towards Xbox gaming. They have also committed to work closely with those affected their news and will help them find opportunities at Xbox or partnering with the broader development community to help place them in jobs elsewhere of the gaming community that they deserve.