Lionhead Studios might be nearing its end after nearly twenty years of helping create some of the craziest, most beautiful things ever seen. Microsoft announced today that it is in discussions with employees about the proposed closure of Lionhead Studios in the UK.
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In news that first broke on the forums, they are also cancelling Fable Legends, the next installment in a fantasy series for Xbox.
The release from Microsoft says:
“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. 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.”
The game, which was announced in 2013, seemed to be deep into the development, which is a shame for anyone who worked on it.
Lionhead is important because it did a lot of creative and great things for the video game industry. It was ambitious and had some missteps and there were some things that just weren't inline with reality. However, they kept pushing forward.
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Lionhead revealed on its site that it will refund players who spent money on the closed beta, which won’t go offline until April 13. They said exactly, “We will be providing all players who purchased gold a full refund. Players who are eligible for a refund will be provided further information by email within the next 7 days.”