Studio closures are never a fun thing to talk about, and I’m sure by now you’ve already heard that Microsoft has made the decision to shut down the indie team at Press Play Studios along with Fable development studio Lionhead.
I don’t really do news here at Cheap Boss Attack, so rather than reiterate what’s already been posted at the official Xbox Wire, I just wanted to wish those affected by the closures the best of luck in their future endeavors.
Lionhead Studios hasn’t really been the same since Peter Molyneux left, as we’ve watched the once beloved Fable series crumble away in to the forgettable realm of party games or Kinect titles.
I haven’t actually enjoyed a Fable since 2 back in 2008, so it’s been a while since I’ve been invested in the series. Microsoft, however, has been pushing Fable Legends as part of the “best Xbox lineup” in history, which makes their decision to shut down a game that’s been in development for 3 years surprising. Sort of.
I was invited to play the Fable Legends closed beta last year and I’ve been pretty vocal about my lack of enthusiasm and enjoyment ever since, but that doesn’t change how I feel about a crew of individuals losing their jobs.
I never got in to Max and the Curse of Brotherhood either, but I know Press Play Studios was hard at work on their (formerly) upcoming multi-player survival game Project Knoxville–whose concept was chosen by fan voting.
Did I believe in Fable Legends? Did I enjoy Max? Absolutely not. But I do hope that everyone at Lionhead and the significantly smaller Press Play Studios finds new employment as fast as possible.
After all, just because I don’t enjoy your games doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate your hard work and dedication to the industry.
A plus side to this tragic event was a reminder that there’s good people in the world.
I’m fairly active on Twitter and when the news broke about Lionhead’s closure and Fable Legends’ cancellation, I saw a slew of other studios re-tweeting “now hiring” links and messages to help pass the word along. Even PlayStation got in on it. That’s awesome.
Although we’re never going to experience Fable Legends and Project Knoxville, I’m confident we’ll be playing something from the members of both teams in the near future.