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Microsoft cancels Fable Legends and proposes closing Lionhead Studios

Posted on March 7, 2016 by Tamsin Heineman

Microsoft dropped a bomb today when they announced that one of their more ambitious studios is proposed to be closed in the near future. Lionhead studios, made popular by the Fable and Black & White series has been working on their next iteration of the Fable franchise “Fable Legends” which recently held a closed beta test which recieved mixed reactions from the player base.

Here it is straight from the horses mouth, “After much consideration we have decided to cease development on Fable Legends, and are in discussions with employees about the proposed closure of Lionhead Studios in the UK. Additionally, we will close Press Play Studios in Denmark, and sunset development on Project Knoxville.”

While this comes as quite the blow, it however wasn’t unexpected due to the less than perfect releases of Fable 2 and 3. While good in their own ways, fans complained that each iteration was more and more watered down than the last and faith in the studio has been diminishing.

We here at Broken Joysticks wish all at Lionhead a successful and lucrative future no matter where they go next. There’s a lot of talent there and I’m excited to see who picks them up.


Fable Anniversary Announced For Holiday Season 2013

Posted on June 4, 2013 by Joshua Rust

Probably one of my favorite Microsoft exclusive franchises ever is Fable. I know that many fans of the original game weren’t as pleased with the two sequels, a Kinect game, and Peter Molyneux’s “promises”. Regardless of that, the first Fable is a classic…a Halo in it’s own right. Nothing pleases me more to report that Lionhead Studios and Microsoft have finally decided to re-release it in HD on the Xbox 360 this winter.

This new re-release, titled Fable Anniversary, will feature overhauled graphics, achievements (yay!), an all new interface, “near” instant loading times, a new save system, and even leaderboards to track who is the chicken kicking king (or queen).

In addition it will also come with the Lost Chapters DLC (which is a big plus…and really, why wouldn’t they?) and it even has Smartglass support. Now word on what kind of support, but a mini-map would be freaking awesome.

Lead Designer Ted Timmins had this to say about Fable Anniversary:

“We’re really excited to bring ‘Fable’ to Xbox 360. It’s the game that the ‘Fable’ community has been asking for, so we wanted to make sure ‘Fable Anniversary’ delivered the definitive ‘Fable’ experience for both long-time fans and newcomers to the franchise.”

This has got to be one of the best years in gaming so far, I can wait to see what E3 brings and I can’t wait for this Holiday season to get here!


Fable: The Journey Demo Hits The Xbox Marketplace Today

Posted on September 17, 2012 by Joshua Rust

Fable: The Journey has been under fire from the start of its announcement with Kinect. I’ll be the first to say I was skeptical at first. I think as gamers we haven’t had those “core games” brought to Kinect the way it was first advertised by Microsoft. But when one of their bigger titles got announced as Kinect only, the internet went up in flames.

I’m not saying that I will or won’t like this Fable game. I’ve liked all of them to a degree so far, but I a willing to give this one a chance. So, can you all do the same? After all, you can try the demo that has launched today on the Xbox Marketplace. At the time of this article, I’ve yet to download it yet but will be doing so soon.

You can find the Fable: The Journey (at 1.22 GB) demo by clicking this link. Let us know what you think after you’ve played it!


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