I was not expecting this to be the first story I would write up this morning.
In a news release on Xbox Wire, Microsoft announced that Lionhead Studios (Fable) and Press Play (Max: The Curse of Brotherhood) are being shutdown. Project Knoxville and Fable Legends have both been effectively cancelled.
Here’s what Hanno Lemke, General Manager of Microsoft Studios in Europe had to say on the subject:
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. The Lionhead Studios team has delighted millions of fans with the Fable series over the past decade. Press Play imbued the industry with a unique creative spirit behind games like Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Kalimba, which both captured passionate fans. 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.
You can head on over to Xbox.com to get the rest of the news release.