Last week marked a sad day in gaming history as iconic British developer Lionhead ceased trading.
Whilst we knew that the inevitable was coming with Hanno Lemke, general manager at Microsoft studios Europe, explaining that Lionhead was considering the possibility of closure last month, we hoped that we would never see the day. Lemke explained that “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”.
Unfortunately there have been no developments since this statement was made with no interest from any potential buyer to save the company and therefore the doors have been closed forever.
The internet mourned the dark day last week with long time fans and staff – old and new – showing their appreciation with the #RIPLionhead hashtag.
Lionhead’s development started 20 years ago in 1996 and the first title was the classic Black & White which was released in 2001. The success of this ultimately paved the way to the first in the fable series in 2004. Developments to these brilliant titles came in the form of black & white 2 in 2005 as well as the next in the fable series, Fable II, in 2008 which is arguably the most revered from the series. The the last major entry to the series was released in 2010 before we saw Lionhead signal a change in style with the hack-n-slash style Fable heroes in 2012.
The Lionhead team have given us some great gaming moments over the past two decades and they will be sorely missed in the future.
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