Notebookcheck

Microsoft plans to close Lionhead Studios

Microsoft to shut down Lionhead Studios after a decade under its property
Lionhead Studios to shut down
The Redmond giant has canceled Fable Legends, but the latest rumors claim they also plan to shut down UK-based Lionhead Studios.

Microsoft took over Lionhead Studios back in early April 2006 and now it looks like they plan to shut down the studio behind the notorious Fable and Black & White franchises. The company announced the decision to cease development on Fable Legends, and also revealed they "are in discussions with employees about the proposed closure of Lionhead Studios in the UK."

According to Hanno Lemke, General Manager of Microsoft Studios Europe, the company will close Press Play Studios in Denmark, halting development on Project Knoxville. In an official post on Xbox Wire, he writes that "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."

Lionhead Studios has been around since 1996, so they will close their doors after a decade as an independent studio and another decade under Microsoft's flag. Fable Legends has been announced back in 2013, this cooperative action-adventure game showing up at trade shows in various forms and the changes it went through/were planned included the transition to the F2P model, which was announced last year.

Working For Notebookcheck

Are you a techie who knows how to write? Then join our Team! Especially English native speakers welcome!

Currently wanted: 
News and Editorial Editor - Details here

Source(s)

static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2016 03 > Microsoft plans to close Lionhead Studios
Codrut Nistor, 2016-03- 8 (Update: 2016-03- 8)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.