Microsoft has announced that Lionhead employees are in discussion with Microsoft about the studios imminent closure as they also announce the closure of Press Play Studios in Denmark effective immediately.
The announcement was made on Xbox Wire by Hanno Lemke, General Manager, Microsoft Studios Europe who confirmed that Fable Legends from Lionhead and Project Knoxville from Press Play would cease development.
Both Lionhead and Press Play made up part of the Microsoft Studios team. Lionhead was working on Fable Legends which was available on PC and Xbox One in Beta while Press Play Studios were working on Project Knoxville.
Lionhead brought games like the Fable series and Black & White to gamers when Peter Molyneux founded the studio in 1996 and was acquired by Microsoft in 2006.
Press Play studios was founded in 2006 and was based in Copenhagen, in 2012 the studio was picked up by Microsoft and brought games including Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Kalimba to the Xbox platform.
In reference to the Microsoft presence in Europe, Lemke commented
I speak for all of Xbox when I say that despite this news, we remain committed to the development communities in the UK and Europe, and Xbox will continue to support new IP and originality in the games we offer on our platforms, whether they’re AAA blockbusters like Quantum Break from Remedy, adventurous new IPs like Sea of Thieves from Rare, or unique new creations from independent developers like Moon Studios with Ori.
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.
We at Inside Gamer wish all those affected at both studios the very best in their future endeavors.