In early March, Microsoft announced that it had canceled Fable Legends and would possibly shutter developer Lionhead Studios along with it. Now, a new report suggests the game may not be entirely dead.
MCV reports that three sources within Lionhead indicated there have been talks about continuing development on the game. More specifically, Lionhead employees have been asked if they’d be interested in continuing to work on Legends as opposed to being let go with a severance package. One source indicated to the site that there is the possibility of picking up development as an independent studio.
Asked about this possibility, Microsoft offered GameSpot the same comment that it gave MCV, which is largely identical to what it’s previously said on the matter: “We aren’t sharing additional details beyond that we have ceased development on Fable Legends, and are in discussions with employees at Lionhead about our proposed closure of the studio as well.”
Lionhead has been around for almost two decades, having been founded by Peter Molyneux after leaving his previous studio, Bullfrog Productions. Following Molyneux’s departure in 2012, Legends was announced in 2013 as an online RPG and was later revealed to be a free-to-play game for Xbox One and PC. A beta has been going on for some time and will continue for a few more days.