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Earlier this year, the UK lost one of its longest-standing game developers. Lionhead Studios, founded in 1996 and bought by Microsoft in 2006, was closed on the 29th of April, with the loss of around a hundred jobs. The game Lionhead was working on, Fable Legends, a four-versus-one fantasy-themed multiplayer game that was already in closed beta, was cancelled. Despite the reported emergence of several interested buyers before Lionhead’s closure, neither the studio nor the game was saved.

The Lionhead studios story is bigger than its last game. (For a great read on the studio’s full history, I recommend Wesley Yin-Poole’s recent Eurogamer article). But Fable Legends’ development is emblematic of Lionhead’s troubles in its final years, as well as some of what made the studio great. It was an ambitious game, and beautiful, and it had a great sense of humour – but it was pulled in so many different directions over the course of its development, largely at the whims of the studio’s Microsoft bosses, that it struggled to come together.

Over the last four years of the studio’s life, Lionhead was facing the same intimidating problems as many other similarly sized studios: vastly increasing development costs, a changing marketplace where the money was shifting to free-to-play and mobile, frequent changes in leadership. Fable Legends was a bet that didn’t pan out.

http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2016/06/09/how-fable-legends-took-down-lionhead
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http://www.polygon.com/2016/6/1/11820966/fable-crunch-microsoft


Working on Fable destroyed my life, but I don't regret it
An insider's look at what he gave up to create a classic game
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I don’t think I could come up with a more perfect description of how my time working on Fable felt than those words penned by Dickens nearly 160 years ago. The recent closure of Lionhead Studios made this an ideal time to share some of those stories.


Lionhead looks like it was a very broken studio. This was a very interesting read.
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http://www.polygon.com/2016/6/1/11820966/fable-crunch-microsoft


Working on Fable destroyed my life, but I don't regret it
An insider's look at what he gave up to create a classic game

Lionhead looks like it was a very broken studio. This was a very interesting read.

I only wish they did another Black&White more akin to the original before they fell apart.
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Pretty much all "AAA" gaming studios are on borrowed dime and time at this point.
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This article makes you love microsoft just that much more. mad.gif
 
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This article makes you love microsoft just that much more. mad.gif

I didn't need to read it to love M$ more.
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I didn't need to read it to love M$ more.

Valid point.
 
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