Following Microsoft announcing the closure of Lionhead Studios’ Fable Legends, the future of the Fable studio was in jeopardy, though we weren’t exactly sure whether the studio would close or not. Now, we have full confirmation that the studio has indeed been closed.
20-years in the making Lionhead Studios has now closed. Since the cancellation of Fable Legends, Microsoft revealed that they were in talks with employees about a proposed closure, and now after a prolonged consultation period during which no potential buyers were found, Lionhead Studios has officially closed down.
The studio was founded by Peter Molyneux in 1996 and has developed a number of fantastic titles including the Black & White series and of course the Fable series.
“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,” said Microsoft in a statement to Eurogamer.
All over Twitter today, staff have been sharing their sadness over the studio closure:
Today is the official last day of @LionheadStudios :'(
Damien – thank you for this wonderful and perfect art! X https://t.co/S0Rky2N0wz
— Lauran 💚 (@TheAlbionGirl) April 29, 2016
— Callum Macarthur (@ThirteenOranges) April 29, 2016
We wish all the best to those effected by the closure.