Fable Legends Has Closed Down For Good Today

Fable Legends Has Closed Down For Good Today

Richard Walker

Today has marked the end of Fable Legends, the closed beta for which shut down for good a few hours ago at 3pm BST. The free-to-play, team-based multiplayer spin-off had been part of Xbox One's AAA line up for holiday 2015 before being pushed into 2016, but it looks like the Xbox One title will now never see the light of day, unless one of Lionhead's post-closure plans comes to fruition.

With Lionhead set to close after almost making it to its 20-year anniversary (the studio was formed in 1996), Fable Legends was also cancelled by Microsoft, putting a full stop on a series that has seen three mainline titles, an anniversary remastering of the original game, and other spin-offs like Fable Heroes, Pub Games, and Kinect-based adventure, Fable: The Journey.

Anyone who has purchased in-game gold during Fable Legends' long-running closed beta will receive refunds in due course, while attempting to boot up the game now greets players with "Login Error" and a solitary, sad message, that states: "Fable Legends is no longer running."

"All stories have to end eventually, but the memories of Heroic triumphs and Villainous plots will last forever. Thank you for your support - you are all Legends!" the message concludes.

Farewell then, to Fable Legends.

  • Some way to go out on your 20 year anniversary. Seriously though I expected a more of a love letter from xboxachievements team to Lionhead... Guess no one has time to recall fond memories. Good luck in future to devs!
  • R.I.P.
  • What happen to the revival? I know there was just a report on here recently about the game continuing.
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  • Was a beta member for a year, loved the game a lot. Such a shame it never got to open beta.
  • Well, the beta was fun while it lasted..
  • Wouldnt have making Fable 4 saved them? Im sure plenty of people would have bought it
  • Loved original Fable and IMO best of series, liked Fable II and Pub Games, had some fun with Fable III, never played Fable Journey (or any Kinect titles), and was a Fable Legends BETA member maybe 5 months or so and wasnt too into it but it was fun when playing with friends, Id like to see someone purchase/partner Lionhead Studios and Peter the free reigns to imagine his Albion. Alot of people thought Journey and III killed the series but they still wanted a fourth. Heres thoughts and prayers going out to the employees and their families. Wishing on a star for a "New" Lionhead or Fable.
  • Very very very sad. Fable was one of the reasons i have an Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. I hate all those shooter games. why can't we have adventure/platform games. Think i am going to sell me Xbox One ASAP and going for a Nintendo NX
  • Never a massive fan of Fable games. They were OK for what they were. But far too short for my liking. Still sad news that Lionhead closed so close to 20 years.
  • A sad day. They should of made Fable 4 around the time the Xbox One was released. It would of helped both the Xbox and Fable to sell, with not many RPG fantasies back then. It feels like a missed opportunity.
  • Never really cared about Fable but this is still saf
  • That happens when you try to reduce a great franchise to a cash cow and when you focus on putting Gamertag watermarks on the whole screen during a closed beta.... I hope all the creatives and brains people of LH will be working on something more worthy soon. The tech and artstyle of Fable Legend could have made up a great foundation for a real RPG.
  • At least they are offering refunds for all gold purchased. SquareEnix shuttered Triad Wars, and soon Nosgoth, and the only people who are getting refunds are people who bought gold during the final month. Same with Warner Bros. with Infinite Crisis. That one came out of beta and then they canned it 2 months later.
  • good night sweet prince.
  • Admin remove it not allowed. I have signed this petition for Microsoft to reconsider the closure of Lionhead Studios. Although nothing official yet I honestly thing we should all back our UK studios as their isn't many of them left now. Microsoft state they want to focus on AAA titles that people want to see. I for one would like to see Fable 4 without Peter Molyneux sticking his nose in and making false statements. https://www.change.org/p/microsoft-stopping-the-closure-of-lionhead-studios?recruiter=56052376&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink
  • My opinion? They shot themselves in the foot with this multiplayer crap. turn a solo/co op RPG into multiplayer? Are you fing stupid? Bad decisions make businesses fail, and in this case that is exactly what happened. If the employees are worth any merit they will be able to find new jobs. So no, the studio shouldn't stay open. I do however wish the staff luck.
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