Microsoft will shutter its UK game development unit Lionhead Studios, canceling its Xbox One game Fable Legends, it said today.

Lionhead, founded by developer Peter Molyneux in 1996, created the simulation game Black & White and the Xbox RPG Fable. Microsoft acquired the company in 2006, and from then on it exclusively created games in the Fable series. The latest, Fable Legends, was a five-player action role-playing game in which a team of four “hero” players would join forces against a single “villain” player.

In development since 2012, Legends had a public beta test in 2014 but had been delayed bit by bit ever since. The latest news had the Xbox One and Windows 10 game shifting to a free-to-play model, and a demo showed up at last year’s E3 Expo.

In addition, Microsoft also said that it would shutter Denmark-based studio Press Play, and cancel its planned Xbox One game Project Knoxville.


Microsoft Cancels Fable Legends and Closes Lionhead Studios