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At BunkerGaming.com we all wish the best of luck to everyone at Lionhead Studios in their future endeavors and hope that we will see the talent that Microsoft is losing show up later doing what they do best. While the Fable Franchise might be losing its team, we hope to soon hear the Fable of the little game development team that was displaced from their warm home only to build up a new and better home where they lived happily ever after making great games and keeping fans entertained.
Many gamers are upset at the recent announcement from microsoft. While Lionhead produced many games, one game stands out, Fable. Fable was a game that is, well was, at the forefront of the "Karma" system in games. Giving players moral choices that would effect the gameplay, relationships and ending through out the whole game giving each play through a unique feel.
Microsoft states that they have nothing but heart-felt thanks for the team at Lionhead and that they did not come to the decision lightly. While there are many speculations and rumors out there regarding the details of the shutdown it is very unlikely it had anything to do with the commitment of the team at Lionhead and likely came down to internal politics and financial decisions.
A sad day in gaming history. Lionhead studios the brilliant minds behind the Fable franchise was shut down nearly two weeks ago. In a press release on their xbox site, Hanno Lemke, had to say the following:
"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."
Lionhead Studios Shutdown by Microsoft
Michael Burns 5/12/2016