It looks like Fable Legends will never see the light of day as anything more than a DirectX 12 benchmark. In a post on its Xbox Wire blog, Microsoft says it's decided to cease development of the next Fable title. Sadder still, the company says it's "in discussions with employees about the proposed closure of Lionhead Studios in the UK." For the unaware, Lionhead is the developer of the Black and White and Fable franchises.
The bad news doesn't stop there. Microsoft plans to close Press Play Studios in Denmark and halt development of Press Play's Project Knoxville. In both cases, the company says it's making the changes "to focus its investment and development on the games and franchises that fans find most exciting and want to play." That's hardly comforting for fans of the Fable series, who doubtless found those games to fit both of those criteria.
For members of Fable Legends' closed beta, Lionhead says the game will remain available to play until April 13 at 3PM GMT. The studio will provide players with a full refund for any in-game purchases made during the course of the beta. The Legends site remains up for now, so take a moment to head over and have a look at what could have been.