Unfortunately, this is the end of the line for Fable and Black & White creators at Lionhead Studios. It’s now been confirmed that Fable developer Lionhead Studios has officially closed down.
A Microsoft representative also confirmed the news to Eurogamer, saying: “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.” Lionhead staff members have also commented on the closure on their Twitter accounts. You can check out some of their tweets below.
The closure comes after the revelation last month that Microsoft had opted to cancel development on the planned game Fable Legends. In addition, Lionhead Studios would also be closed as a result.
Lionhead Studios was founded in 1996 before becoming a subsidiary of Microsoft 10 years later in 2006. Hopefully, the staff members who are now out of a job will be OK in the long run. Unfortunately, this is sometimes the nature of the video game business. Video game development companies start and then sometimes fizzle out or get dissolved. That’s also sometimes the case for publishers too.
Last day of Lionhead:-( pic.twitter.com/zfXobF7wzY
— Stuart Whyte (@stuwhyte) April 29, 2016
— Callum Macarthur (@ThirteenOranges) April 29, 2016