Lion­head stu­dio in limbo

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY -

MI­CROSOFT an­nounced it has stopped work on the long- de­layed Fa­ble Leg­ends ac­tion videogame and is mulling the clo­sure of the Bri­tish- based stu­dio that was han­dling the pro­ject.

Mi­crosoft de­cided to can­cel Fa­ble Leg­ends and is talk­ing to em­ploy­ees about po­ten­tially clos­ing Lion­head Stu­dios in Bri­tain, Mi­crosoft Stu­dios Europe gen­eral man­ager Hanno Lemke said in a blog post.

The US soft­ware colos­sus be­hind Xbox videogame con­soles also dis­closed plans to close Press Play Stu­dios in Den­mark as part of its re­treat in the gam­ing space.

“Th­ese have been tough de­ci­sions and we have not made them lightly, nor are they a re­flec­tion on th­ese de­vel­op­ment teams,” Lemke said.

“I speak for all of Xbox when I say that de­spite this news, we re­main com­mit­ted to the de­vel­op­ment com­mu­ni­ties in Bri­tain and Europe.”

The changes are part of a fo­cus by Mi­crosoft Stu­dios on games and fran­chises “that fans find most ex­cit­ing and want to play,” ac­cord­ing to Lemke.

He said Mi­crosoft planned to help em­ploy­ees from the clos­ing stu­dios find new po­si­tions at Xbox or else­where in the games in­dus­try.

Lion­head, known for the pop­u­lar game Fa­ble, was founded in Bri­tain in 1996 and bought by Mi­crosoft a decade later.

Lion­head founder and in­dus­try icon Peter Molyneux left the com­pany about four years ago to em­bark on a new en­deav­our. – AFP

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