Fable Legends is Cancelled by Microsoft Studios, Development Ceased!

Some very bad news has just been shared by Microsoft, Fable Legends is cancelled by Microsoft Studios. Moreover, Lionhead Studios is being closed down by Microsoft.

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 are major changes to Microsoft Studios teams and projects in the UK and Denmark, and a major setback for Xbox One’s exclusive line-up.

What’s really weird is that beta invites were being sent-out only a few days ago, so what happened in such a short time? I doubt there was “much consideration involved.

Fable Legends

Here’s another image from our beta invite:

Fable Legends (1)

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.

Fable Legends was suppose to release on PC and Xbox One this year. However, sadly now it will go down in history as a AAA game that never saw the light of day. It is resting among the likes of Agent, Eight Days, Beyond Good & Evil 2 etc.