Owners of Microsoft’s gaming console Xbox One were left in the lurch today ,when Microsoft announced they were ceasing development on the long awaited co-op RPG, Fable Legends, as well as considering closing Lionhead Studios.
Lionhead Studios rose to greatness in 2004 when it released the Xbox RPG, Fable, and went on to release two sequels becoming a major franchise for Microsoft. However, lead designer and creator Peter Molyneux left the studio in 2014 when the Microsoft acquired Lionhead Studios.
Since then, the team has been hard at work on a sandbox-style co-op online experience called Fable Legends. It was announced in 2013 and since then has struggled to make it out of the beta stage. And now it seems Microsoft has decided their time is up.
“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. 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.”
Fans have struggled to connect with the new game in its beta phase with most claiming it’s a generic “hack-n-slash” in a Fable-skin. However, some fans took the news of the game’s cancellation hard since it seems exclusive titles are becoming few and far between. As for Lionhead Studios, they’ve remained silent as of now, with insiders revealing they didn’t even know game was cancelled up until its announcement.
As for the future? Microsoft is expecting to make an announcement in the coming days.