Microsoft wrote a blog post yesterday telling the world about its plan to close Lionhead Studios in the UK and Press Play Studios in Denmark. When a direct announcement comes from the company with no hints earlier, it comes as a shock. Read on to know more about the story:
Hanno Lemke, General Manager, Microsoft Studios Europe in a blog post on News Xbox confirmed this new development. Where Lionhead Studios is famous for giving Microsoft’s Xbox games like Fable Legends, Press Play Studios is well-known for the famous Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. Regarding the closure, Hanno Lemke wrote,
“These have been tough decisions and we have not made them lightly, nor are they a reflection on these development teams – we are incredibly fortunate to have the talent, creativity and commitment of the people at these studios. The Lionhead Studios team has delighted millions of fans with the Fable series over the past decade. Press Play imbued the industry with a unique creative spirit behind games like Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Kalimba, which both captured passionate fans. 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.”
What about the number of Lionhead Studios and Press Play Studios’ employees? In the blog post, Microsoft has confirmed that the company will work closely with everyone affected by the closure and will also help them find “new opportunities at Xbox, or partnering with the broader development community to help place them in jobs elsewhere in the games industry should they desire.” Whatever might be the reason behind the decision of shutting down these studios, the care has been taken about the team who has worked hard for Microsoft all these years. Hats off to you Microsoft for that.