While most of the video game world was disappointed to see that Fable Legends was getting its plug pulled, that same world was downright shocked to see Lionhead Studios getting its own plug pulled alongside its game. Microsoft announced earlier this week it was calling it quits on both the game and the studio and the backlash to those announcements has been widespread and loud. At one point this week, the reaction was enough that Xbox One chief Phil Spencer felt like he had to comment.
When Spencer had a Twitter user comment on the shutdown, he responded “I really wish every game we started ended successfully. Regretfully doesn’t always happen. I’m sad as well, I love Fable.” That didn’t seem to put many fans of the series at ease and the Microsoft exec then had to fight off a number of rumors that Microsoft’s move to shutter Lionhead was just the latest in a long line of signs the company isn’t committed to the Xbox One or gaming in general.
Spencer did everything he could to make sure people don’t continue to believe that. He first replied that Xbox One is critical to the company’s future. He then made it clear that his entire reason for being with Microsoft is to oversee the Xbox One and its continued growth. He added that he certainly feels as though he is getting support from Microsoft when it comes to making the Xbox One as good as it can be. For now, we’ll have to take Mr. Spencer’s word for it.
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