It’s the end of an era.
On Friday the 29th of April 2016, some special few of us lost a part of ourselves. Lionhead Studios, the developers of such wonderful games as Black and White and the Fable series, closed their doors for the last time.
Originally founded in 1996 by Peter Molyneux, Mark Webley, Tim Rance and Steve Jackson, Lionhead Studios became a subsidiary of Microsoft in April of 20006, after the release of such wonderful games as Black & White 1 & 2, as well as the first Fable.
The closing of the studio was heralded by an announcement from Microsoft on the 7th of March this year that the up-coming Fable Legends, which had already been delayed, would be cancelled. Microsoft also stated that they were in talks with current staff about the impending closure of the studio.
Current-and-former staff, as well as longtime fans of the studio, took to Twitter yesterday to share their memories and messages of support under the hashtag #RIPLionhead.
This is sad news indeed, both for the industry as well as us fans. While I can say that after reading all of the information about Fable Legends, I was not particularly excited about Lionhead’s next release, the prospect of getting another Fable game on the Xbox One was one of the main reasons I have kept the console.
With all of this in mind, there is some light at the end of the tunnel, however small it may be. Posting via the official PlayStation Jobs Twitter, Sony announced the following:- “We’re having a #Recruitment event in Guildford for everyone at #LionheadStudios on Monday”. Who knows, maybe we will see Fable again soon, albeit under a different name and on a different console.