Fable Dev Lionhead Suffers Layoffs
Written Tuesday, October 16, 2012 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Following the dismal performance of Fable: The Journey at retail (it debuted at number 13 in the UK charts) Guildford-based developer Lionhead has suffered a number of layoffs, cutting its workforce by just under 10%. A spokesperson for Microsoft told Develop that it'll be working closely with the laid off employees to help them find new jobs within Microsoft.
Despite these widespread layoffs at Lionhead, Microsoft is still pushing forward with an employment drive that will see 100 new staff being employed across the platform holder's UK studios, including Rare, Soho Productions, Microsoft's recently announced London studio and confusingly, Lionhead. These positions will be filled over the course of the next year in the run up to June 2013.
“Following the completion of Fable: The Journey, Lionhead Studios has begun work on its next projects,” reads a statement from Microsoft. “As is common in the games industry, a smaller headcount is needed as projects kick-off and ramp up as full-production gets underway. At this time a small number of positions have been identified as at risk of redundancy and the affected employees were notified today."
Fable: The Journey released last week. You can read our review here.