Microsoft cancels Fable Legends, plans to shut down Lionhead Studios

Well…for years now we’ve seen the “progress” of Fable Legends. When it was announced at E3 in 2013 people were really excited to get another Fable game….until we saw it. It’s in the format of Evolve where it’s a multiplayer. 4 players control the warrior while a 5th controls the villain. They brought it back around again in 2014 announcing that it would be cross play between xbox one and PC. Even after that, nobody cared about Fable Legends anymore. Well it looks like Microsoft got the hint because today they announced that Fable Legends is cancelled.

Anybody care………..anyone………..anybody?????

Hanno Lemke, general manager of Microsoft Studios Europe, also announced that Press Play Studios, the Danish developer behind Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, is also set to close. Lemke had this to say.


“Today, I have some difficult changes to announce that affect some of our Microsoft Studios teams and projects in the UK and Denmark.

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.

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.

We have nothing but heart-felt thanks for the members of Lionhead and Press Play for their contributions to Xbox and gaming. We are committed to working closely with those affected by today’s news to find them new opportunities at Xbox, or partnering with the broader development community to help place them in jobs elsewhere in the games industry should they desire.”

Well I can’t say I didn’t see this coming. Fable Legends never hooked anyone. Here’s to hoping that we’ll get a proper Fable for the Xbox One!

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