The cancellation of Fable Legends and closure of Lionhead Studios disappointed many, but recent comments suggest Microsoft is not done with the popular series.
In a recent interview with Gamespot, the General Manager of Global Games Publishing for Microsoft, Shannon Loftis, hinted that the Fable series might not be over. Lots of love has transferred from Fable Legends to Fable Fortune, the new card game based in the same universe, but Loftis hinted at the possibility of returning to Albion, eventually.
“We love the IP,” she said. “I can’t talk right now about whether we’re doing anything with it or not, but if I ever get the chance to go back to Albion…”
In March 2016, Microsoft announced that Lionhead, the studio responsible for the series, was closing. The closure came as a shock to many people who were testing Fable Legends. This cooperative action role-playing game was nearing the end of development and showed huge promise with its unique gameplay.
A lot of negativity revolved around the closure of Lionhead, with many of the employees leaving before its shutdown. The founder, Peter Molyneuxm left in 2012 along with John McCormack, the Art Director. They were a part of a team that pitched Fable 4 to Microsoft. Unfortunately, Microsoft refused to develop that game, instead opting for Fable Legends. McCormack and Molyneux wanted Fable to be similar to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Mass Effect, with a final release to revitalize the series.
Fable Fortune was released July 25, 2017, and remains the only Fable game Microsoft has officially confirmed to be in the works.