Sad news today in the gaming industry as Microsoft has announced that it will be ceasing development on the upcoming Xbox One/Windows 10 cross platform game Fable Legends. On top of it, the company is also in talks with employees about the proposed closure of Lionhead Studios, and also will be closing Press Play Studios in Denmark which will result in the stopped development of Project Knoxville.
Hanno Lemke, General Manager of Microsoft Studios Europe, posted the news on the Xbox Wire blog early this morning.
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.
Lemke went on to indicate that in spite of these closures, Microsoft is committed to the development communities in Europe and the UK, offered his heart-felt thanks for those employed at Lionhead and Press Play, and mentioned that the company is working closely with those affected to find them new opportunities at Xbox or within the game development community.
What do you think about the news that Fable Legends and Project Knoxville are ceasing development, coupled with the closure of the two studios? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.[button link=”http://news.xbox.com/2016/03/07/microsoft-studios-changes-uk-denmark/” icon=”fa-external-link” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”285b5e” textcolor=”ffffff”]Source: Xbox Wire[/button]