Early this morning, Microsoft announced it has shut down development on Fable Legends. Despite this, however, developer Lionhead Studios has clarified that fans can still keep playing the game’s beta for the time being.
Though no new players will be admitted, the closed beta will stay online through Wednesday, April 13. Disabling all in-game purchases from here on out, the studio also promised full refunds for any that have already spent real-world currency on the game. Any affected players should receive further information in the form of an email within the next week.
Fable Legends was only one of today’s cancelations. Project Knoxville was also given the axe, and the game’s developer, Press Play Studios, officially closed down. So far, it’s unclear if Lionhead Studios will suffer a similar fate.
Explaining the decisions in Microsoft’s original announcement this morning, General Manager Hanno Lemke stated, “These changes are taking effect as Microsoft Studios continues to focus its investment and development on the games and franchises that fans find most exciting and want to play.”
Evidently not fulfilling that requirement, Fable Legends was announced back in 2013. A free-to-play multiplayer-focused competitive game, it was quite the departure from the usual Fables formula.
Were you hoping for a beta invite? Or are you already playing, and therefore that much more sad that the game will never release? Let us know in the comments.