Fable Legends Cancelled As Microsoft Plans To Shut Down Lionhead Studios

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Mar 7, 2016 3:05 PM
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Fable Legends developer Lionhead Studios is to be closed down, Microsoft has announced. The Black & White studio, based in Guildford, UK, has ceased development on Fable Legends and will shutter in the near future.

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,” said Microsoft Studios Europe general manager Hanno Lemke.

I speak for all of Xbox when I say that despite this news, we remain committed to the development communities in the UK and Europe, and Xbox will continue to support new IP and originality in the games we offer on our platforms, whether they’re AAA blockbusters like Quantum Break from Remedy, adventurous new IPs like Sea of Thieves from Rare, or unique new creations from independent developers like Moon Studios with Ori.

I have to admit to being a little blindsided by this one. Fable Legends is currently in beta with an open beta planned for this spring, so we were only a matter of months away from its launch. It’s been trumpeted as an early proponent of DirectX 12 and was set to unite PC and Xbox One gamers with its cross-platform play.

Fable Legends looked to flip the irreverent RPG franchise on its head with asymmetric multiplayer, as teams of up to four adventurers took on player-controlled dungeon masters who could set traps, place enemies, and generally be a bit of a nuisance.

There's also the small matter of Fable being one of the most popular IP in the Xbox stable. Only Halo and Forza have shifted more copies, beating out even the likes of Gears of War. 

It's sad to see them go, whatever you thought of its more recent output. What have been some of your favourite Lionhead games? Also, what does this say about Microsoft's treatment of well established, much loved studios? Let us know!

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15:28 Mar-07-2016

thank god for canceling that "game". guys i was a beta tester, you are not missing anything other than the coooooooool graphics . every fable fan would have hated it. if it was an mmorpg with these graphics it would be even better than wow

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15:20 Mar-07-2016

oh another brilliant Microsoft idea - let's push Store to everyone's mouths but not make good games for it :P

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15:42 Mar-07-2016

This, I couldn't have said it better.

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15:45 Mar-07-2016

Then make a few good games but with serious optimization problems.

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21:31 Mar-07-2016

No no no! Microsoft doesn't make games with serious optimization problems, they port games with serious optimization problems! :)

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05:55 Mar-08-2016

Thanks for fixing, what i meant.

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08:43 Mar-08-2016

lol

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15:17 Mar-07-2016

and will they do with the work made on fable legend? send it to the recycle bin?

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15:06 Mar-07-2016

That escalated quickly

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