Today is a sad day for fans of Black and White and the Fable games. The studio responsible for these epic games, Lionhead Studios, officially closed their doors today. Last month they announced that their most recent project, Fable Legends, was being cancelled. Sad news for all of us that were looking forward to another entry in the Fable catalog. After the announcement of the game’s cancellation, there was concern whether or not Lionhead studios would stay open.
This morning a spokesperson from Microsoft reported to Eurogamer:
“We can confirm that after much consideration over the six week consultation period with Lionhead employees, we have reached the decision to close Lionhead Studios. We have nothing but heart-felt thanks for the team at Lionhead for their significant contributions to Xbox and the games industry.”
As an avid fan of the Fable series, I am devastated. The studio was established in 1996 and released their first title Black and White in 2001. In 2004 Fable was released on Xbox giving role playing fans a fresh take on the genre. Fable Legends was to be an MMO set in Fable’s world, Albion. Fable Legends was taken offline on April 13 after a lengthy closed beta period during which a few lucky people got to try out the game. Fable Legends was announced on Microsoft’s E3 stage a couple of years ago and was also poised to be the leading game for the cross-play feature between Windows 10 and Xbox One.
Fortunately, when the news of the studio’s probable demise dropped last month, Sony stepped up, offering the team an opportunity elsewhere.
— PlayStation Jobs (@PlayStationJobs) March 10, 2016
Good on Sony for recognizing the hard work from the Guildford team.
As a tribute to this loss, I will fire up my Xbox One and run another play through of Fable 2. How are you taking the news?