Only two days have passed since Microsoft abruptly announced that
Fable Legends was being cancelled and that they are considering shutting down Lionhead Studios, the developer behind that game. Usually when a game is cancelled, everyone involved sort of expects it, be that due to financial difficulties, development problems, or other mitigating circumstances that have been building up over time. But according to Tweets by Lionhead Creative Director David Eckelberry, it looks like fans weren’t the only one caught off-guard – the sudden cancellation was “more or less” a complete surprise to Lionhead as well. One [unconfirmed] report even states that the team was informed at the exact same time as the announcement post went live on Xbox’s official news site.
Hearing this, it makes it all but certain that the studio will close, at least in my mind – while we haven’t heard anything since the original announcement, which only stated that Microsoft is “in discussions” to shut it down, you wouldn’t withhold this sort of news from them if you had any intention of keeping the studio around. Whether or not the members will be moved to other teams or simply let go is unknown at this time, though with their experience there’s no doubt they can find jobs in other parts of the industry.
The closed beta for
Fable Legends will continue until mid-April, and after that there’s no telling what will happen to the studio, its developers, or the franchise itself. You can share your thoughts on this news in the comments section below.
@BuldozerX More or less, yeah
— David Eckelberry (@eckelberry) March 8, 2016