Lionhead has released a statement confirming that there was indeed layoffs at the studio. They have mentioned that it’s not a reason for concern and after a project completes things like these are normal.
Fable: The Journey has received very poor scores across the board but that couldn’t be a reason for these layoffs, right? Well we can always speculate.
Here’s their statement they released via IGN.
Following the completion of Fable: The Journey the Lionhead studio is in the process of beginning work on its next projects. As is common in the games industry, a reduced headcount is needed as projects kick-off and ramp up as development gets underway.
At this time a very small number of positions have been identified as at risk of redundancy and the affected employees were notified today. We are working very closely with those people during this difficult time, to help them explore alternative opportunities within Microsoft including new roles at Microsoft Studios which is actively hiring.
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