Many changes at Microsoft UK and Denmark Studios are happening including the cancellation of one of its more established franchises Fable Legends, and the studio behind it may be closing as well. Fable Legends is a free-to-play cooperative action role playing game which was scheduled to release sometime in 2016 on the Xbox One and PC. Lionhead Studios closure has not officially come into fruition yet but it is currently under heavy consideration. Furthermore, Microsoft will also be closing down Press Play Studios in Denmark, The developer for Max: The Curse Of Brother and new IP Project Knoxville, which has also been cancelled.
“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,” Hanno Lemke, general manager of Microsoft Studios Europe, says.
In light of this news, Microsoft plans to stay committed to development communities in the UK and Europe, and will continue to support new IP’s and originality in its games. Lionhead has stated that Fable Legends will end at 3pm April 13th, 2016. Those who have access to the beta can continue playing the game and those who have bought gold will be fully refund, Microsoft said.
It is very unfortunate that development for these IP’s have been cut short and we here at Hard Knock Gamers would like to wish everyone at Lionhead and Press Play Studios the best of luck in their future endeavors.
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