Fable Legends Officially Shuts Down, Refunds Available
"All stories have to end eventually."
Microsoft originally hoped Fable Legends could enjoy a 10-year lifespan, but the game never made it out of beta before it was canceled in March. The game's servers stayed online for beta testers following its cancellation, but have now officially gone offline today, April 13, as previously announced.
The ability to purchase Fable Legends' in-game currency was switched off in March. If you purchased the currency, called Gold, but never spent it, Microsoft will give you a refund. Instructions for how to get a refund can be found on the Lionhead Forums.
"From all of us here at Lionhead Studios, we would like to thank you for participating in the closed beta and being a part of the game's development," the developer said in a statement. "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!"
Fable Legends was in development for Xbox One and PC. It was originally scheduled to launch in 2015 through an open beta, but that never happened. Microsoft had high hopes for the free-to-play game, as the company said the title had the potential live for 5 to 10 years, with regular content coming to keep it fresh.
A recent report citing sources inside of Lionhead claimed that there have been talks about continuing development on Fable Legends. More specifically, Lionhead employees were asked if they'd be interested in continuing to work on the game as opposed to being let go with a severance package. One source indicated that there is the possibility of picking up development as an independent studio.
Asked about this possibility, a Microsoft representative told GameSpot, "We aren't sharing additional details beyond that we have ceased development on Fable Legends, and are in discussions with employees at Lionhead about our proposed closure of the studio as well."
Lionhead has been around for almost two decades, having been founded by Peter Molyneux after leaving his previous studio, Bullfrog Productions. Following Molyneux's departure in 2012, Legends was announced in 2013 as an online RPG and was later revealed to be a free-to-play game for Xbox One and PC.
GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.