Fable Legends, the free-to-play multiplayer title based on the Fable universe, has been cancelled. The news appeared in a post on the official site for Xbox news.
Besides cancelling the game, Microsoft is also closing their Denmark studio, Press Play, and is in the process of closing Lionhead Studios as well. Lionhead was founded by widely known and respected industry veteran Peter Molyneux and has been the studio behind the entire Fable franchise.
“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,” said Hanno Lemke, General Manager, Microsoft Studios Europe “The Lionhead Studios team has delighted millions of fans with the Fable series over the past decade…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.”
Press Play made two smaller downloadable games, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Kalimba. They had been working on Project Knoxville. That game was a third-person cooperative game where players were tasked with escaping an arena filled with monsters.