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1 year 2 weeks ago - 1 year 2 weeks ago #40373 by Kazara
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Microsoft has announced plans to shutter Lionhead Studios in the UK.

Lionhead is based in Guildford, just south of London.
The developer's Xbox One and Windows 10 game Fable Legends has been canned.
Danish studio Press Play is also gone. It created Max and the Curse of Brotherhood and Kalimba.
Microsoft announced the sudden news in a blog post this afternoon, from Microsoft Studios' European boss Hanno Lemke.

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1 year 2 weeks ago #40375 by Temploiter
Kind of sucks. I liked Fable... not as much as others, but it was good.

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1 year 1 week ago #40408 by Kazara
Lionhead Didn’t Have the Slightest Idea What Was About to Happen

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We knew that Microsoft was still not giving any indication about what was about to happen at the recent press event in San Francisco. However, what’s more troubling is that the folks at Lionhead apparently didn’t have any idea until the very last minute.

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1 year 1 week ago #40409 by Kazara
Lionhead shutdown shines a light on Microsoft Studios

I maintain that this year will see Microsoft execute, or at least begin to execute, one of the most dramatic pivots the games industry has ever seen - shifting the Xbox division from what was essentially a copy of Sony's PlayStation business model to something entirely new and more aligned with the strengths and requirements of the Windows 10 business. Regardless of the success or failure of that pivot, I believe it to be a worthy and necessary effort, for the simple reason that I can't see Microsoft's senior management continuing to back Xbox if it doesn't mesh with the company's other businesses. What's clear from this week's studio closures, though, is that the pivot is going to be extremely painful for some parts of the business - particularly (and desperately unfairly to the staff impacted) those which are still executing on bad planning and management dating back to the Xbox One's original abortive vision. Lionhead in particular found itself a chew-toy for Microsoft Studios in recent years, wasted on a Kinect vanity title and then a poor-fitting F2P effort; now the studio and its staff are paying the price for that bungling, as the new, far more competent management of Xbox judges them unnecessary for the pivot to come. In a year or two's time, the Xbox / Windows 10 platform that emerges from these changes may well be a stronger, better environment for developers and consumers alike; that will be cold comfort for those in England and Denmark facing a job-hunt this week.

Are consoles becoming obsolete now that PCs are more affordable as well as superior technically?

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1 year 1 week ago #40415 by Temploiter
I think for MS, you will see the XBox becoming more PC-like. A well-packaged, extremely user-friendly PC with standardized parts (and possibly made by licensed mfgers) kind of like the Steam Box is.

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